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Free Trade Threatening Small-Scale Farmers, Fisherman, Environmental Group Says
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Lifting trade barriers is threatening the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and fisherman and contributing to desertification in Africa, the environmental group Friends of the Earth said in a report released Thursday.

Amazon Drought Ending, Yet Sickness Looms
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Amazon basin's worst drought in more than 40 years is ending as rainfall returns to normal, though officials fear diseases will spread as rising rivers stir up muck from stagnant pools of contaminated water.

Kicking the Oil Habit and Creating Jobs -- A Guest Commentary
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Walker, Get America Working!

Addiction is a terrible thing. It clouds the judgment, often causing the addict to engage in self-destructive behavior. Addicts know all the reasons why they should quit; they just can’t seem to act on them. That certainly applies to America’s oil addiction.

Role of Wild Birds in Avian Flu Spread Questioned
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A conservation group said on Thursday there was little evidence to back the view that migrating wildfowl were spreading bird flu and said that eastern Europe's outbreak probably stemmed from poultry imports.

U.N. Talks Support Clean Energy in Poor Nations
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle and Mary Milliken, Reuters

Negotiators at U.N. talks agreed to speed investments in clean-energy projects in the Third World Thursday but remained deadlocked on ways to enlist the United States in a long-term fight against global warming.

Oil Firms May Pay $10 Billion To Drill in Alaska
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Energy companies may pay as much as $10 billion for the rights to drill for crude oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), double the government's official estimate, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

ENN Weekly: December 5th - 9th
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN summarizes the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news December 5th - 9th: Costly oil drilling in Alaska, chemical spill endangers wildlife, clean energy in poor nations, shrinking glaciers, and much more.

Kicking the Oil Habit and Creating Jobs
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Walker, Get America Working!

By Robert Walker Addiction is a terrible thing. It clouds the judgment, often causing the addict to engage in self-destructive behavior. Addicts know all the reasons why they should quit; they just can’t seem to act on them. That certainly applies to America’s oil addiction.

Arizona Promotes 'Geotourism'
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Levi J. Long, Arizona Daily Star

We all know about the world-class spas and golf resorts. But Arizona is also home to the Sonoran Desert, and with help from the National Geographic Society, some regional tourism offices are hoping to capitalize on the Arizona-Sonora region's cultural heritage. In the process, they hope, they can keep a unique desert region safe from harmful tourist expansion.

China Investigates Death of Official Involved in Toxic Spill Aftermath
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe McDonald, Associated Press

A deputy mayor who claimed there was no pollution from a chemical plant explosion was found dead at his home amid public anger over officials' failure to quickly alert residents that tons of toxins had spilled into a major river.

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