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USDA Investigators Slam Agency for Poor Oversight of Biotech Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's investigative arm disclosed that the department failed to properly monitor thousands of acres of experimental biotechnology crops. >> Read the Full Article

Floods that Washed away Homes and Lives Leave Behind Golden Gift

Severe floods that washed away homes, bridges and lives apparently have compensated hapless villagers in southern Thailand with a treasure -- gold. >> Read the Full Article

Activists Sue Over Connecticut Parakeet Removal

An animal rights group said Friday that it filed a lawsuit against United Illuminating Co. seeking to stop any future removal of monk parakeet nests from utility poles. >> Read the Full Article

Kenyan Official Says Lifting Ban on Sport Hunting Possible

An icon for animal welfare groups because of its ban on sport hunting since 1977, Kenya may lift the prohibition as part of a broader revamp of wildlife policies, a senior official said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Twelve States Oppose Bush Plan to Cut Companies' Burden on Reporting Pollution

Attorneys general in 12 states said Friday that the Bush administration's plan to ease rules on reporting legal toxin releases would compromise the public's right to know about possible health risks in their neighborhoods. >> Read the Full Article

Nature Tourism Now Worth $1.5 Billion a Year to Southern Arizona

As Tucson's $2.5 billion tourism engine revs up this month, the usual crowds of conventioneers and spa dwellers will make their way to Tucson and Southern Arizona. But another type of visitors -- "nature tourists" -- will also come to the region, plunk down their binoculars and bags in hotels and inns, and contribute nearly $1.5 billion to Arizona's growing nature tourism industry. >> Read the Full Article

The Power to Change... By Choosing the Coffee We Drink

Like petroleum, coffee is a widely traded global commodity, mostly consumed in developed countries and produced in developing countries. But while petroleum producers have recently seen international oil prices rise steeply, coffee growers have experienced the opposite. >> Read the Full Article

Greenpeace Activists Board Ex-French Warship Saying It's Carrying Toxic Waste to India

Two Greenpeace activists boarded a decommissioned French warship Thursday to protest its departure for India for dismantling, saying it carries hundreds of tons of toxic waste. >> Read the Full Article

The Power to Change... By Choosing the Coffee We Drink -- A Guest Commentary

Like petroleum, coffee is a widely traded global commodity, mostly consumed in developed countries and produced in developing countries. But while petroleum producers have recently seen international oil prices rise steeply, coffee growers have experienced the opposite. >> Read the Full Article

U.S., Australia Pledge Millions of Dollars to Promote Fight against Global Warming

Six of the world's biggest polluters endorsed a voluntary plan Thursday that they claim will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2050. >> Read the Full Article