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Organic Gardening Basics: Eliminating Pesticides and Fertilizers
March 23, 2005 12:00 AM - National Wildlife Federation

In the natural world, virtually everything is sought out and "eaten" by something else. In the American garden, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides often take the place of healthy soil and mechanical and natural controls. Pesticides are meant to kill. If there is a safe pesticide, it is one that kills only the target organism and leaves no trace in the environment. Few pesticides meet these very selective criteria.

Tips for Planting Trees and Shrubs
March 23, 2005 12:00 AM -

If you're planting new trees and shrubs this spring, don't spoil them by enriching the soil with organic matter. A hole full of compost and soft organic matter is a comfortable area for the roots, and they aren't likely to spread into the surrounding soil.

Environmental Protection, the Economy, and Jobs: What is the Bottom Line?
March 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Roger Bezdek and Robert Wendling, Management Information Services, Inc.; Paula DiPerna, Jobs and Environment Initiative

Does environmental protection harm the economy and destroy jobs or facilitate economic growth and create jobs?

Umbra Opines on Reproduction
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A simple question about personal environmental responsibility provokes eco-maven Umbra Fisk to dispense advice on parenting (or not). Read how Umbra tackles this thorny issue, daintily, with a 10-foot pole -- on the Grist Magazine website.

Water, Sanitation Key to Disaster Response, Long-Term Development
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Bulman, Associated Press

The lack of major outbreaks of disease in areas hit by the Dec. 26 tsunami is largely due to the rapid deployment of clean water and sanitation teams, the international Red Cross said Tuesday.

Brazil's Wetlands Threatened by Agribusiness
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The boom in agribusiness in Brazil's midwest threatens to destroy the world's largest freshwater wetland, scientists said Monday.

On Beyond Organic: 'Pharming'
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

The next time you're eating rice, do you really want to worry whether it's been contaminated with drugs? Welcome to "pharming" -- the new genetic engineering science that turns corn, rice and even animals, into drug-manufacturing factories.

Figures Show British Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rose in 2003
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The British government insisted Monday that the country was on track to meet Kyoto Protocol targets, despite new figures showing that carbon dioxide emissions rose in recent years.

Tour Rush Seen in Alaska Refuge before Oil Drilling
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

As Congress moves closer to approving the Bush administration's controversial plan for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, some Alaskans are expecting a rush of visitors who want to hike, raft and camp before any drilling starts.

Agency Admits Using Faulty Data on Endangered Florida Panthers
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Criticized by a whistle-blower, the Fish and Wildlife Service conceded Monday that it bungled some of the science used in protecting Florida's endangered panthers.

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