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Biodiesel Working Its Way into the Nation's Fuel Supply

Only three weeks after Governor Schwarzenegger of California signed into law a proposal authored by State Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) that would allow public agencies and utilities to use vehicles that run off of biodiesel and biodiesel blends, the American Trucking Association advocates the use of biodiesel. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Wetland Raises Restoration Hopes

A vegetable farm once owned by frozen-foods entrepreneur Jeno Paulucci is becoming the only wetland bank of its kind in the nation. >> Read the Full Article

Wondrously Blank: A Plea for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

(By T.A. Barron) The world would be far poorer, Aldo Leopold famously observed, “without a blank spot on the map.” Yet it wasn’t long ago that U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski from Alaska stood in the Senate chamber and declared indignantly that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was no more remarkable than a blank piece of paper. What, really, is a blank spot on the map? What is its value? These questions are difficult to answer -- especially for a money-driven, mechanized society such as ours. >> Read the Full Article

Officials Meet To Discuss Venezuelan Nuclear Energy Options

Venezuelan officials are meeting with delegates from other Latin American countries this week to discuss nuclear energy and the feasibility of starting a peaceful nuclear program in Venezuela, the energy ministry said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Panel Doesn't Have Stomach for Foie Gras

After hearing a Hollywood actress compare the production of a delicacy made from the livers of geese and ducks to abuses at a notorious Iraqi prison, a City Council committee on Tuesday advanced a measure that would make Chicago a foie gras-free zone. >> Read the Full Article

Honda Bets on Natural Gas Cars

Selling cars powered by natural gas to American drivers is no small challenge for Honda Motor Co. Natural-gas stations are few and far between, and until recently the vehicles were nearly as expensive to fuel up as their gasoline-powered counterparts. >> Read the Full Article

Mexico Baby Turtles Thriving as Poachers Kept Out

About 13 million endangered Olive Ridley turtles have hatched on Mexico's Pacific beaches and scuttled safely into the sea so far this year, protected from poachers by armed guards deployed by the government, environmentalists said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Brazilian Police Arrest Dozens Accused of Forging Permits To Transport Amazon Lumber

Brazilian federal police on Wednesday arrested at least 43 people accused of forging and selling permits for the transport of tens of millions of dollars (Euros) worth of illegally cut lumber, authorities said. >> Read the Full Article

Parks Strive To Improve Tours

Depending on who tells the story, visitors to many national and state parks across the country may get the impression that American Indians never inhabited a particular region that in fact holds religious or cultural significance to local indigenous peoples. >> Read the Full Article

Wondrously Blank: A Plea for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- A Guest Commentary

The world would be far poorer, Aldo Leopold famously observed, “without a blank spot on the map.” Yet it wasn’t long ago that U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski from Alaska stood in the Senate chamber and declared indignantly that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was no more remarkable than a blank piece of paper. >> Read the Full Article