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Brazil Expands Amazon Protection as Global Environmental Conference Starts
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazil announced plans to expand protection of the Amazon rain forest, and its president on Monday called on wealthy nations to do more to protect the environment.

Developers Encouraged to Turn to Experts to Restore Wetlands
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration is encouraging developers who destroy wetlands or streams and are required to replace them to pay other businesses to do the work.

The Real News About Green Marketing : Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Jacquelyn A. Ottman, J. Ottman Consulting Inc.

(by Jacquelyn A. Ottman) Old news : green products don't work and consumers won't pay a premium for them. New news : investment in environmentally preferable products and technologies can lead to a potent new source of innovation and competitive advantage. Take heed!

Local Governments Officially Accept Japanese Utility's Plan to Use Plutonium-Based Fuel
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

A nuclear power plant in southern Japan is expected to start using fuel made from weapons-grade plutonium in 2010 after local authorities accepted central government assurances about its safety and offered their approval.

In Colrain, Forest Finds Protector in Self-Styled Naturalist
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Adam Gorlick, Associated Press

Muriel Russell would prefer this story not be told. It's about the Catamount State Forest, a rocky post-Revolutionary War homestead long abandoned by settlers for more farmable land.

WMO Sees Link Between Global Warming and Hurricanes
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

There is growing evidence of a link between global warming and natural disasters such as droughts and flooding, the head of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Friday.

Fishermen Seek End to Alaska Oil Spill Court Case
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Daisuke Wakabayashi, Reuters

Fishermen whose livelihoods were devastated by the Exxon Valdez spill urged Exxon Mobil on the 17th anniversary of the accident Friday to pay a $4.5 billion penalty that has been mired in a legal dispute.

IFC Eyes Carbon Market Blueprint for Biodiversity
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Gilbert Le Gras, Reuters

The World Bank's private sector agency has been lending to nature conservation projects with a view to laying the foundation for a market akin to carbon trading, the project head said Friday.

Crabbers Face Season with Guarded Optimism
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As state biologists in Maryland and Virginia wrap up their annual winter dredge survey, crabbers face the opening of blue crab season on April 1 with cautious optimism.

Homebuilding Goes Green to Save Energy, Provide Comfort
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gone are the days when green-built homes teetered on the fringe of being freaky with a mishmash of recycled tires and aluminum cans and awkward solar panels.

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