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Energy Star Requirements to Get Tougher

Builders of new homes in the United States will have to significantly increase the energy efficiency of their homes to meet new Energy Star requirements released yesterday. >> Read the Full Article

New Program Supports Parents Who Want to Raise Children in An Eco-Healthy Way

Parents who want to raise their children in an eco-healthy way now have access to a new set of resources, thanks to the Tiny Footprints program announced today by the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC). >> Read the Full Article

Crocodiles Rock on Former Brazil Dairy Farm

When high costs and low prices drained income from her family's dairy farm, Nina Collard made a snappy decision. She swapped the cows for crocodiles. After seven years of investing in the pioneering project to breed rare broad-nosed cayman crocodiles in captivity, the farm sent the first batch of 150 reptiles to the butcher this year. >> Read the Full Article

Chile's Arid Atacama Desert Bursts into Rare Bloom

The Atacama desert in Chile, so dry it is often described as moon-like, has been turned into a giant meadow of bright-colored flowers for as far as the eye can see. For many, it's a once in a lifetime sight. >> Read the Full Article

Whale-Rich Mexican Sea Named World Heritage Site

Hundreds of islands in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, a major whale breeding ground, have been declared protected areas by the United Nations, the government said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Malaysia Urges Neighbors To Do More on Haze

Malaysia urged its neighbours on Tuesday to ratify an agreement to control air pollution in southeast Asia, a month after forest fires in Indonesia caused some of the worst haze in the region in eight years. >> Read the Full Article

Rita May Worsen Red Tide in South Texas

While Hurricane Rita struck days ago and hundreds of miles away, the storm is still creating problems on the southern tip of Texas. Rita's path left South Texas hot and dry -- conditions ideal for one of the worst red tides in memory -- and swells from the storm have created fears that the toxic algae could spread. >> Read the Full Article

Effect of Greenhouse Gases Rising, Government Says

The effect of greenhouse gases on the Earth's atmosphere has increased 20 percent since 1990, a new government index says. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Capture Giant Squid on Camera

Japanese scientists have taken the first photographs of one of the most mysterious creatures in the deep ocean -- the giant squid. >> Read the Full Article

European Commission Includes Airlines in Pollution-Cutting Emissions Trading Plan

The European Commission approved plans on Tuesday to include airlines in the EU's emissions trading program aimed at cutting carbon dioxide. >> Read the Full Article