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Panama Banana Growers Fear EU Tariffs May Spell End

On an industrial dump outside town, one-time banana worker Giovanni Morales climbs down into a toxic pit with a blunt pickaxe in search of scrap metal. Morales is one of about 9,000 former banana workers in Puerto Armuelles, one of Panama's biggest banana-producing regions, who lost their jobs when the industry took its latest downturn in 2003 due to a disease that ruined the crop. >> Read the Full Article

Ford's Amazon Rubber Town Dreams of a Brighter Future

Deep in the Amazon rainforest lies what looks a small U.S. Midwestern town, with neat white clapboard bungalows, trim gardens and spacious streets. A closer look at the main street reveals the paint is peeling and the roads have potholes. Instead of cars, there are bicycles and instead of bustle, there is silence. >> Read the Full Article

C&A Floorcoverings Earns Environmentally Preferable Product Certification for Ethos Brand Carpet Backing

C&A Floorcoverings (C&A), a Tandus company, announced Monday that it has earned Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification for ethos Cushion 100 Roll Goods, a high recycled content, cushion backing for six-foot broadloom carpet. >> Read the Full Article

Market Operates in Environmentally Friendly Building

Dirk Ellis estimates that he's given three or four tours a day of his Strawhouse Market since opening the doors two-plus weeks ago.Inside, the building features ground source heat pump technology for heating and cooling, with close to two dozen closed wells drilled more than 200 feet into the ground to take advantage of the earth's year-round 52-degree temperature. >> Read the Full Article

Snakes Have Interesting Habits, Researchers Say

It may not matter to people who hate snakes, but researchers at Washington University have discovered that rattlers are adaptable and have some interesting habits. >> Read the Full Article

Massachusetts Extends Shellfishing Limits to Federal Waters Due to Toxic Red Tide

An outbreak of toxic red tide algae that has shut down most shellfishing from Maine to Massachusetts also forced state officials to close federal waters, extending the affected area by thousands of square miles. >> Read the Full Article

Arizona Officials May Import Endangered Owls

Wildlife officials are considering importing endangered owls from Mexico to boost the dwindling population in Arizona. To protect endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, development already has been slowed or altered on thousands of acres of old-growth, ironwood-saguaro forest. >> Read the Full Article

House Committee to Subpoena Worker in Yucca Mountain Investigation

A congressional committee will subpoena a former worker on the Yucca Mountain project who is at the center of a controversy over document falsification at the proposed nuclear waste dump. >> Read the Full Article

WWF Says Japan Scientific Whaling a Sham

Japan should stop harpooning whales for scientific research, the WWF environmental group said on Monday in a report denouncing the slaughter as a cover-up for commercial sales of the mammals' meat. >> Read the Full Article

Texas Supreme Court Announces Ruling in Texas Environmental Cleanup Case

The Texas Supreme Court today decided a case of first impression over the "arranger liability" provision of the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act. >> Read the Full Article