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New Mexico Regulators Approve Solar, Biomass Plans

State regulators Tuesday approved a PNM plan to spend up to $1.4 million on solar and biomass projects to comply with a state renewable energy law. >> Read the Full Article

EU Divided on Plans to Curb Illegal Timber Trade

EU members are divided over a European Commission plan to crack down on the lucrative illegal timber trade by making exporters prove their wood is not from endangered rainforests, officials said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

New Agreement Would Quicken Restoration of Polluted Riverfront in Illinois

A new agreement between the former owner of a shuttered oil refinery and government agencies should accelerate by at least a decade the restoration of a polluted stretch of southeastern Illinois riverfront, officials announced Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: What Exactly is the 'Greenhouse Effect'?

The "greenhouse effect" occurs naturally when heat from the sun enters our atmosphere but cannot escape because it is blocked by water vapor, carbon dioxide and other airborne elements, thereby causing a warming of the Earth. >> Read the Full Article

Students Give New Life to Unwanted Computers

Don't tell Santa, but a workshop in Colorado Springs is filled with young people happily hacking electronics to bits. >> Read the Full Article

Guatemala Clamps down on Christmas Fir Poachers

olice have seized thousands of branches of an endangered Guatemalan scented fir species used for Christmas trees in a clampdown to protect it against extinction, police said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Discover New Species in Indonesian Caves

A team of international scientists has found new fish and insect species, including a monster cockroach, living in caves in Indonesia's remote East Kalimantan province, the group announced Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Precedent-Setting Water Rights Decision over Endangered Species

In a precedent-setting decision, the federal government agreed to pay four California water districts $16.7 million for water the government diverted a decade ago to help two rare fish. >> Read the Full Article

Notes from Anna: You Write of Classics, Old and New

The week leading to Christmas has been particularly exciting for me this year because of the enthusiastic e-mails I received from some of you in response to last week's compact selection of environmental books. >> Read the Full Article

Oregon Forest Owners See Fairer Future in Measure 37

Family landowners suffering under Oregon's land-use laws formed the public face of Measure 37. But the timber industry quietly supplied almost $3 of every $4 that buoyed the ballot initiative to an easy victory. >> Read the Full Article