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Planters Take on Monsanto Over Seed Fees &#151 and Sometimes Go to Jail

Four months in prison last year hardened Kem Ralph's will to beat agrichemical giant Monsanto in a fight that has made him a cause celebre among farmers who save seed. >> Read the Full Article

Highways, Development Imprison Black Bears

When Murphy regained his freedom 4 1/2 years ago, he became one of a handful of Florida black bears living in coastal Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. >> Read the Full Article

Dean Foods Sees Soy Milk as Good Source of Income

Anyone who thinks soy won't amount to a hill of beans hasn't looked at Dean Foods Co.'s Silk business. >> Read the Full Article

Tax Breaks Could Provide Windfall for Alternative-energy Industry

The wind energy industry is expected to exit its funk now that Congress has passed a tax bill that includes an extension of wind-power incentives through next year. >> Read the Full Article

Acid Rain Pollution Rose 4 Percent in 2003

Emissions of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain, rose 4 percent in 2003, but probably will not compromise long-term air quality goals according to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency. >> Read the Full Article

Deadly Floods in Haiti Blamed on Deforestation, Poverty

The torrents of water that raged down upon Haiti, killing more people than in all other hurricanes this year, are testimony to a human-made ecological disaster fed by poverty that has transformed once-verdant hills into a moonscape of bedrock ravaged by ravines. >> Read the Full Article

Saving Water Cuts Energy Use, Says Report

As California's electricity demand sets record highs and the southwest United States is parched by drought, a new report shows the hidden connection between two scarce resources: energy and water. The report's authors say that saving water is an untapped way to also save energy and even to keep the lights on when the electric grid is strained during hot summer months. >> Read the Full Article

Rival Technologies Vie for 'Green' Car of Tomorrow

Carmakers are presenting new-age automobiles at the Paris car show this week that could give much-hyped fuel cells a run for their money in the coming market for vehicles that do less damage to the environment. >> Read the Full Article

Russian Border Guards Fire On, Seize Taiwanese Trawler Allegedly Fishing in Russian Waters

A Russian helicopter fired missiles at a Taiwanese fishing trawler, and the coast guard seized the vessel and its crew after the boat was allegedly caught in Russian territorial waters with hundreds of tons of illegally culled fish, Russian state television reports. >> Read the Full Article

Russian Ministries Start Agreeing to Kyoto Approval

At least one Russian ministry has signed letters agreeing to Moscow's approval of the Kyoto Protocol, a spokesman said, in what could be a final step in the lengthy tussle to bring the global pact into force. >> Read the Full Article