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Canada Suspects Case of Mad Cow

Canadian officials yesterday said they may have discovered the country's second case of mad cow disease, one day after the Bush administration outlined a plan to reopen the U.S. border to imports of Canadian cattle. >> Read the Full Article

Religious Order Expands Mission to Include Environmental Justice

A Roman Catholic women's religious order has broadened its social justice mission to include environmental activism. >> Read the Full Article

Strawberry Grower Elevates Crop with Greenhouse Effect

Truth be told, semiretirement in his late 40s was getting boring for Allen J. Williford. He and his wife lived on their 56-foot boat Blonde Moment in the Florida Keys. He played games on a laptop computer. He fished and swam. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra Pinpoints the Top Things You Should Be Doing for the Planet

Unflagging research guru Umbra gets a lot of silly questions. We mean that in the nicest way, dear readers -- but honestly, the fate of the planet does not hinge on your decision about which solution you'll use to wash your fruit. A reader writes in to ask: Well, then, what does really matter? What are three or four things everybody should be doing? Umbra cuts to the chase on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Warns of Rural Flight by Tsunami Victims

Beyond the threat of disease and hunger, tsunami-struck southern Asia risks a rural exodus without swift emergency aid to rebuild agriculture, a U.N. official warned. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Owl Attracts Gawkers in New York City's Central Park

Forget Pale Male and Lola -- there's a new bird celebrity in town. Bird fanatics are flocking to a tree near Tavern on the Green in Central Park, hoping to catch a peek of an ultra-rare boreal owl. >> Read the Full Article

Group Finds Six Lynx Kittens Born in Colorado

The year ended happily for state biologists with news that six more lynx kittens have been born to transplanted lynx in Colorado, bringing the total of newborns to 36 this year and 52 since a reintroduction program began in 1999. >> Read the Full Article

The Next Wave

It was an idyllic setting: a palm-fringed finger of sand on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. To one side lay the tropical waters of the Bismarck Sea; to the other, the fish-laden shallows of Sissano Lagoon. BThen, suddenly,eyond the lagoon stood a verdant, steamy tropical forest. About 15,000 people lived here in the small villages of Sissano, Warapu, Arop, and Malol, many in simple dwellings on the spit itself. >> Read the Full Article

Environmental Issues Emerging from Wreckage of Asian Tsunami

As the Asian earthquake and tsunami death toll is now feared to be approaching 100,000 people, emergency humanitarian assistance remains the top priority, but urgent environmental concerns that threaten human health must be addressed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said. >> Read the Full Article

Timber Sale in Estacada, Ore., Area Has Potential for Peace

New ground is being broken in efforts to manage the Mount Hood National Forest in ways that don't end up in federal court. >> Read the Full Article