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Tiny Uruguay Pressed by Neighbor to Halt Pulp Mills

Gualeguaychu used to be a sleepy Argentine town. That was before two European companies decided to build some of the world's largest pulp mills on its doorstep in neighboring Uruguay. Now it's a hotbed of protest as farmers, ecologists and politicians fearing the mills will lead to acid rain and a stench reminiscent of rotten eggs have taken to the streets to block the projects. >> Read the Full Article

Poachers Massacre Protected Turtles on Mexico Beach

Mexican poachers bludgeoned and chopped some 80 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles to death for their eggs, believed to be an aphrodisiac, and left their shells scattered on a Pacific beach. >> Read the Full Article

Solar Power is Hot -- Too Hot

You can look but you can't buy. That was the word Friday from the solar energy corner of the Southwest Sustainability Expo at NAU. A worldwide shortage of solar panels has put most local projects on hold. >> Read the Full Article

Used Boxes Unfold Booming Business

Marty Metro's mantra is to rescue, reuse and recycle cardboard boxes. And, when there's time, he stops to plant a tree. Four years ago, Metro didn't just found a company with UsedCardboardBoxes.com he created an industry. His company now has warehouses in Pomona, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Tampa, Fla. >> Read the Full Article

If I Could Have Written the Energy Bill...

(By Ken Bossong) Rising energy imports, climate change, and reliance on polluting fossil fuel and nuclear technologies all threaten the nation's economy, national security, public health, and the environment. None of these problems will go away. None will be solved by the new energy bill. In fact, all may well be made worse by it. Therefore, now that President Bush has signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, it is time for Congress to pass legislation that actually addresses the nation's energy needs. >> Read the Full Article

Swedish Delicacy Kicks Up a Stink in Summer

A peaceable people who otherwise care for the environment, fish-loving Swedes sit outside to open and eat a dish that is only deemed ripe for consumption when the tin containing it is buckled and bulging from the fishy fumes. The smell is so pungent that even neighbors and passers-by get a snootful. >> Read the Full Article

Malaysia Bans Open Burning around Kuala Lumpur and Central Selangor State as Haze Worsens

Malaysia has banned most forms of open burning, including camp fires and outdoor cooking, in a desperate measure to ease the stifling haze blanketing Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas due to smoke from forest fires in neighboring Indonesia. >> Read the Full Article

Mexico Plans to Protect New U.N. World Heritage Site on Sea of Cortes

Mexican officials on Monday said they hoped to attract international experts to protect a sprawling new World Heritage Site on the Sea of Cortes in northwest Mexico. >> Read the Full Article

Judge Raps EPA for Letting Industry Decide Whether to Add Safeguards to Rat Poison

A federal judge has scolded the Environmental Protection Agency for letting manufacturers decide whether to add safeguards to protect children from the hazards of rat poison. "EPA is not in the business of reaching consensus with the `stakeholders' it regulates," Judge Jed S. Rakoff said in a decision dated Sunday and made public Monday. >> Read the Full Article

If I Could Have Written the Energy Bill... -- A Guest Commentary

Rising energy imports, climate change, and reliance on polluting fossil fuel and nuclear technologies all threaten the nation's economy, national security, public health, and the environment. None of these problems will go away. None will be solved by the new energy bill. In fact, all may well be made worse by it. Therefore, now that President Bush has signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, it is time for Congress to pass legislation that actually addresses the nation's energy needs. >> Read the Full Article