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Program Encourages Governors to Help with Sensible Community Design

Governors can help foster sensible and sustainable community planning in their states by pursuing designs that don't unduly burden water supplies or force residents to drive everywhere they want to go, says a coalition pushing for new approaches to development. >> Read the Full Article

Reading, Writing & Human Experimentation

(By Brandon Stirling Baker) California law today allows pesticides that have not received full health, stability and efficacy tests to be used on school campuses. These products that are not fully registered are known as "experimental" or "conditionally registered" products. The fact that K-12 public schools are being targeted to test experimental or conditional use pesticide products is downright creepy. I'm 17 years old, and I'd like to live way past 18. >> Read the Full Article

Statoil Plans to Develop New Offshore Oil Field in the Norwegian Sea

Statoil ASA on Monday said it plans to develop a new oil and natural gas field called Tyrihans in the Norwegian Sea. The state-controlled company said project partners submitted plans to the oil ministry for approval in the 14 billion kroner ($2.1 billion) project, due to begin production in 2009. >> Read the Full Article

Advocates Pitch Hemp as Farmers' Gold

Hemp wasn't always the pet plant of tie-dyed liberals. Its spiky leaves once covered thousands of acres across the country. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it. An early draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Betsy Ross' flag is said to have been sewn from hemp fabric. >> Read the Full Article

EU Threatens Court Action against 11 Member States over Noise Pollution

The European Union head office on Monday has threatened to take 11 EU countries to court unless they introduce new rules to tackle noise pollution. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesia Charges Newmont Mining Executive for Allegedly Polluting Bay

Prosecutors filed charges against Newmont Mining Corp. and its top U.S. executive in Indonesia on Monday for allegedly polluting a bay with toxic waste, a lawyer said, in a case closely watched by foreign investors. >> Read the Full Article

France Steps up Water Curbs as Drought Intensifies

France extended water rationing to more than half the country on Monday as its worst drought in decades intensified and farmers said food output might suffer. >> Read the Full Article

Singapore Opens Fourth Recycling Plant to Turn Sewage into Water

Singapore on Tuesday opened its fourth recycling plant designed to turn sewage into water, as part of the water-scarce island nation's move to self-sufficiency. >> Read the Full Article

On <i>Beyond Organic</i>: GMO Legal Battles

Last year, California’s Mendocino County passed legislation banning the planting of Genetically Modified (GM) crops within its borders. Trinity and Sonoma Counties quickly followed suit. Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network as we learn about the latest battles over GMO legislation in the US and worldwide. >> Read the Full Article

Hollywood Could Help Save Madagascan Forests

The hit movie "Madagascar" has raised hopes that its namesake island will benefit from higher tourist visits, which could encourage locals to conserve rainforests considered among the world's most pristine and rare. >> Read the Full Article