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Taiwan's Aboriginals Try to Preserve Traditional Life in Face of Urban Encroachment

In a valley of pristine bamboo and cypress trees, Yasa T'iehmu painstakingly adds tufts of red and yellow flowers to his painting of a slender, nude aboriginal woman. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Approves Weaker, Voluntary Climate Change Plan

An ambitious bipartisan plan to slow U.S. greenhouse gases with an emissions trading program collapsed in the Senate Tuesday after a key Republican threw his support behind a weaker, voluntary plan. >> Read the Full Article

Tom Chappell Grows Tom's of Maine Into a National Company

Fair-trade coffee, tropical-flavored lip gloss, natural cotton clothing, organic grapes, whitening gel toothpaste ... each year, the list of products created by companies with socially conscious policies or using sustainable-growth methods grows. >> Read the Full Article

In New Jersey, Solar Sells

New Jersey will never replace Florida as the Sunshine State, but business leaders and government officials are hoping to make this the Solar State. >> Read the Full Article

One Year After Investment: Pre-Financing Used To Make Possible The Sale Of Over 22.3 Million Pounds Of Coffee, Improve Circumstances For Small Coffee Farmers

One year after the Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) invested $1 million to support Latin American coffee farmers, the Calvert Foundation reported today that it so far has "recycled" those funds into $2.7 million worth of loans to coffee cooperatives, benefiting 24,400 of the world's smallest coffee farmers and supporting them in their efforts to export more than 22.3 million pounds of Fair Trade and shade-grown coffee. >> Read the Full Article

Mass. Trees Attacked by Two Moth Species

The destruction is obvious through much of southeastern Massachusetts: Trees stripped of their leaves dot the landscape, leaving mostly brown and gray where green once was. Many of the leaves that have managed to withstand the attack bear evidence of the assault -- tiny bite marks and nibbles. >> Read the Full Article

Office of Surface Mining Delays Changes to Buffer Zone Rule

Bush administration officials announced that they will conduct a detailed environmental study before they scrap a federal rule that prohibits coal mining within 100 feet of streams. >> Read the Full Article

EU Approves Plan for Industrial Carbon Dioxide Trading Rights for Greece

Greece became the last country to meet European Union criteria allowing emissions trading, joining a scheme at the heart of the EU's policy to cut carbon dioxide emissions, officials said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Mexican Nabbed Smuggling Tiger Cubs from U.S.

U.S. customs agents seized two rare white tiger cubs and nabbed a Mexican man as he smuggled them south over the border from Texas in his truck, authorities said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Arsenic-Eating Fern Holds Hope for Tainted Soils

State pollution fighters planted a small patch of pitiful-looking plants inside a wire cage in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park and labeled them poison. The 100 subtropical ferns inside the test plot near Fort Nisqually are part of a two-year, $30,000 experiment in pollution control that began in April on Vashon and Maury islands. >> Read the Full Article