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Ireland Plans Weight-Based Garbage Tax to Promote Recycling

Ireland, which has been a trailblazer in environmental initiatives, announced plans Monday to charge its citizens according to the weight of the garbage they produce, a measure designed to promote recycling. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Drought Hits Brazil's Southern Breadbasket, Damaging Crops

A rare drought has hit southern Brazil, forcing hundreds of towns to declare an emergency and destroying billions of dollars (reals) of crops in the country's traditional breadbasket, officials said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Experts from 10 African nations meet to discuss plan on sharing waters of the Nile

Experts from 10 African countries that use the waters of the Nile River began a weeklong meeting Monday in Uganda to work out how nations can share the benefits of the huge natural resource. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: How Do I Recycle or Safely Dispose of Used Batteries?

Unfortunately, most of the more than 750 million alkaline batteries sold each year to power our cameras, flashlights and Discmans are landfilled and incinerated, not recycled. >> Read the Full Article

Study Claims U.S. Power Plants Far More Polluting than National Neighbors

The United States' reliance on coal makes its power industry significantly dirtier than its counterparts in Mexico or Canada, a new study charges. >> Read the Full Article

Biodiesel could be Headed to Georgia's Midstate Gas Stations

Macon residents could see competitively priced biodiesel being sold in commercial gas stations within the next few months, according to Dennis Burnett, the alternative fuels manager for Davis Oil in Perry. >> Read the Full Article

Monroe County, Ind., Buses Doing Well Burning the Cleaner Bean

In terms of performance, soy biodiesel passes the test. But is it affordable? The verdict is still out. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Nuclear Shipment En Route to France

A controversial U.S. shipment of bomb-grade plutonium escorted by armed British commandos has set sail for France, despite protests from environmental activists who fear a terrorist attack or an accident. >> Read the Full Article

Recycling Leaders to Share Ideas Today at Myrtle Beach Conference

Every day, trucks dump 2 million pounds of waste -- the equivalent of enough cinder blocks to build a 15-story building about the size of a basketball court -- into the Horry County landfill. >> Read the Full Article

Plastic Mats Support Heavy Equipment with Minimal Environmental Impact

Coastal erosion? No problem. Alien insect invasions? Who cares. Receding glaciers? It's all good. >> Read the Full Article