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Arizona Promotes 'Geotourism'

We all know about the world-class spas and golf resorts. But Arizona is also home to the Sonoran Desert, and with help from the National Geographic Society, some regional tourism offices are hoping to capitalize on the Arizona-Sonora region's cultural heritage. In the process, they hope, they can keep a unique desert region safe from harmful tourist expansion. >> Read the Full Article

Villagers Flee as Vanuatu Volcano Pumps out Gas, Steam, Ash

A Vanuatu volcano pumping a huge plume of gas, steam and ash into the atmosphere from a crater ringed with skeletal dead trees is unlikely to explode in a devastating eruption, a vulcanologist says. >> Read the Full Article

Report Says China Considering Dam To Shield Russian City from Toxic Spill

China is considering building a dam to reduce the impact of a river-borne toxic spill expected to arrive in a Russian city early next week, state media and a government spokesman said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Six Charged with Environmental Attacks in U.S.

Six people believed to be radical environmental activists were indicted for crimes in Oregon and Washington including destroying power facilities and torching offices at a tree farm, prosecutors said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Free Trade Threatening Small-Scale Farmers, Fisherman, Environmental Group Says

Lifting trade barriers is threatening the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and fisherman and contributing to desertification in Africa, the environmental group Friends of the Earth said in a report released Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Amazon Drought Ending, Yet Sickness Looms

The Amazon basin's worst drought in more than 40 years is ending as rainfall returns to normal, though officials fear diseases will spread as rising rivers stir up muck from stagnant pools of contaminated water. >> Read the Full Article

Kicking the Oil Habit and Creating Jobs -- A Guest Commentary

Addiction is a terrible thing. It clouds the judgment, often causing the addict to engage in self-destructive behavior. Addicts know all the reasons why they should quit; they just can’t seem to act on them. That certainly applies to America’s oil addiction. >> Read the Full Article

Role of Wild Birds in Avian Flu Spread Questioned

A conservation group said on Thursday there was little evidence to back the view that migrating wildfowl were spreading bird flu and said that eastern Europe's outbreak probably stemmed from poultry imports. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Talks Support Clean Energy in Poor Nations

Negotiators at U.N. talks agreed to speed investments in clean-energy projects in the Third World Thursday but remained deadlocked on ways to enlist the United States in a long-term fight against global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Oil Firms May Pay $10 Billion To Drill in Alaska

Energy companies may pay as much as $10 billion for the rights to drill for crude oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), double the government's official estimate, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article