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Panama Banana Growers Fear EU Tariffs May Spell End

On an industrial dump outside town, one-time banana worker Giovanni Morales climbs down into a toxic pit with a blunt pickaxe in search of scrap metal. Morales is one of about 9,000 former banana workers in Puerto Armuelles, one of Panama's biggest banana-producing regions, who lost their jobs when the industry took its latest downturn in 2003 due to a disease that ruined the crop. >> Read the Full Article

Ford's Amazon Rubber Town Dreams of a Brighter Future

Deep in the Amazon rainforest lies what looks a small U.S. Midwestern town, with neat white clapboard bungalows, trim gardens and spacious streets. A closer look at the main street reveals the paint is peeling and the roads have potholes. Instead of cars, there are bicycles and instead of bustle, there is silence. >> Read the Full Article

C&A Floorcoverings Earns Environmentally Preferable Product Certification for Ethos Brand Carpet Backing

C&A Floorcoverings (C&A), a Tandus company, announced Monday that it has earned Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification for ethos Cushion 100 Roll Goods, a high recycled content, cushion backing for six-foot broadloom carpet. >> Read the Full Article

Cyclists Stage Naked Demonstrations in London, Madrid Against Over-Use of Cars

Hundreds of naked cyclists staged demonstrations Saturday to protest the West's dependence on gas-guzzling cars -- and to push for more use of bicycles. >> Read the Full Article

Arizona's Pronghorns Making Comeback

About 2 1/2 years ago, the survival chances for Arizona's endangered Sonoran pronghorns were grim. Victimized by prolonged drought, only an estimated 21 of the sleek desert-dwelling animals were left in this country; their extinction appeared inevitable. >> Read the Full Article

Neighbors Defending Mountainous Pile of Mining Waste; EPA Says It Must Go

You won't hear Elwood "Knot" Ragsdale or many others along Buckley Street call the mining waste towering 30 stories above their homes a neighborhood eyesore, a wind-swept legacy of the community's bygone days of keeping the nation supplied with lead. >> Read the Full Article

Wisconsin Wildlife Officials Net Rare White Muskie

This is indeed a fish story -- not about the one that got away but about a rare one. A white muskellunge is swimming in the waters of Lake Tomahawk, in the northern part of the state. State fisheries experts captured it in nets during a population survey in April and released it back into the lake. >> Read the Full Article

Utilities Show Interest in New Nuclear Plants for First Time Since TMI Accident

For two months, Ray Ganthner took to the road, visiting a dozen power companies to find out if his bosses should take a $100 million gamble. >> Read the Full Article

Judge Orders Increased Spills on Snake and Columbia River Dams in Salmon Protection Case

A federal judge ordered U.S. officials to increase the volume of water spilled through five dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers to make it easier for imperiled salmon species to reach the ocean. >> Read the Full Article

Spain's Worst Drought in Six Decades Prompts Debate over Water Resources

No sooner are you off the plane at Alicante's sunblasted airport but the billboards leap out with enticing advertisements of palm-treed, seaside villas, swimming pools and emerald green golf courses. >> Read the Full Article