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Greenpeace Castigates Singapore Timber Giant for Action in China

The environmental group Greenpeace International made new accusations Thursday against Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper, alleging the timber giant is cutting trees from natural forests in southern China to compensate for a raw material shortage at a paper mill. >> Read the Full Article

Conference Explores Benefits of 'Green' Construction Methods

Preserving resources for energy and environmental reasons took the forefront at Wednesday's Green Trends conference at the Chelsea Center in Sarasota. As more people move to Manatee and Sarasota counties, and demand for resources grows, conservation techniques are very important to the area's future. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Officials Seek Comments on Bull Trout

Bush administration officials Wednesday said they will reconsider a decision last year that removed 90 percent of the proposed critical habitat for threatened bull trout across the Columbia and Klamath river basins. >> Read the Full Article

Day of Reckoning Nears for Japan on Whaling Body

Japan may leave the International Whaling Commission if the organisation fails to allow limited hunting of whales for commercial purposes, officials said ahead of meetings of the group opening at the end of May. >> Read the Full Article

Chesapeake Bay Grasses Recover in North

The underwater grasses that are crucial to filtering polluted Chesapeake Bay waters are recovering in the upper portion of the estuary, while other vast tracts continue to struggle, scientists reported Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Advances Energy Bill, Including Federal Authority Over LNG Sites

Governors, mayors and local officials would have little chance to block construction of a liquefied natural gas facility under an energy bill that advanced Thursday from a Senate committee. >> Read the Full Article

How Do Our Gardens Grow? Researchers Find a Clue

How do flowers know to bend toward the sun, plant shoots to grow up, roots to grow down and strawberry seeds to grow red, luscious fruit? Figuring out the exact chemical and genetic steps that command plant cells to grow or divide in response to light or gravity has been one of the longest-standing puzzles of biology. >> Read the Full Article

Water Quality in Rivers, Lakes Worsening, EU Report Finds

The quality of water in Europe's rivers and lakes used for swimming and water sports has worsened over the past year, with one in 10 not up to standards, the European Union head office said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Biotech Food Debate Spices Up U.S. Scientist Meeting

Critics of biotech foods spoke of stomach lesions and dead lab rats while backers of the technology cited increased crop production and hopes for healthier foods in a debate before a group of U.S. scientists Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Study Says Raw Sewage Killing Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are far more likely to develop disease and die when exposed to bacteria and nutrients in raw sewage than coral in unpolluted areas, according to a study published last month in the Puerto Rico-based Caribbean Journal of Science. >> Read the Full Article