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Amazon Officials Work to Protect Biological Riches in Brazil

Amazon nations must protect the region's riches and knowledge from "biopirates" seeking to patent the rainforest's biological riches, an Ecuadorean official said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Nations Agree to Cuts in Ozone-Depleting Pesticide

A group of 189 developed nations, including the United States, have agreed to cut use of a pesticide that depletes the ozone layer. >> Read the Full Article

A Second Chance -- A Guest Commentary

At first some of us didn’t know how to react to the rediscovery of an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. After all, we environmentalists aren’t used to such good news. I thought about former Audubon president John Baker, and wished he were still alive to see this miraculous event. In 1942 he led a desperate effort to stop the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company from cutting down the bottomland forest in Louisiana where the last ivory-bill had been seen. Chicago Mill and Lumber refused, the trees were cut, and Baker watched what everyone thought was the last bird disappear. >> Read the Full Article

Gaylord Nelson, Environmentalist Politician Who Started Earth Day, Dies at 89

During the Vietnam War, Gaylord Nelson looked at the anti-war teach-ins and got an idea: Why not try the same thing for the environment? The result was Earth Day, and with it the start of the modern environmental movement. >> Read the Full Article

Beyond Food and Drugs, Biotech Fights Pollution

On the site of a former hat factory in Danbury, Conn., a stand of genetically altered cottonwood trees sucks mercury from the contaminated soil. Across the continent in California, researchers use transgenic Indian mustard plants to soak up dangerously high selenium deposits caused by irrigation of the nation's bread basket. >> Read the Full Article

Solar Power May Trim Cost of Cleaning Brackish Water

Salt, sewer waste and other impurities can be removed from water by forcing it through a very fine filter or membrane -- a process called reverse osmosis. The process requires intense pressure, which is usually created using electricity. >> Read the Full Article

Russia Halts Surveying on Pacific Oil Pipeline Skirting World's Biggest Freshwater Lake

Russia's natural resources ministry said Thursday that surveying work for an oil pipeline to Asian markets had been halted around Lake Baikal, the world's biggest freshwater lake, over ecology fears. >> Read the Full Article

Honda Leases First Fuel Cell Vehicle to a Family

A Los Angeles family became the first in the United States to lease a hydrogen-powered car from Honda Motor Co. Ltd. as the company introduces consumers to the zero-emission technology. >> Read the Full Article

140,000 People Flee Flooded Homes as Heavy Monsoon Rains Lash Eastern India

Heavy monsoon downpours lashed eastern India on Thursday, submerging vast areas in the eastern state of Orissa and forcing around 140,000 people to flee their homes and move to higher ground. >> Read the Full Article

GreenShift Acquires Stake in Ethanol Oil Recovery Systems

GreenShift Corporation today announced the completion of its investment in Ethanol Oil Recovery Systems, LLC. >> Read the Full Article