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Extended Producer Responsibility

(By Bill Sheehan and Helen Spiegelman) A century ago Europe and North America unknowingly adopted a policy that gave rise to the modern Throwaway Society. Convenient collection and disposal of “municipal” refuse became a public service provided by local communities at taxpayer expense. >> Read the Full Article

Apes May Be Key to Human Nature, Expert Says

Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh sounds like a proud mother when she speaks about her brood of bonobos, eight ultra-intelligent apes that will take part in unique language research meant to shed light on their nature and maybe our own. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists 'Rediscover' Rare Angolan Birds

The first ornithologists to visit northern Angola since the end of the country's civil war have "rediscovered" three species of bird not seen for decades, a conservation group said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Extended Producer Responsibility -- An ENN Commentary

A century ago Europe and North America unknowingly adopted a policy that gave rise to the modern Throwaway Society. For reasons that made sense at the time, convenient collection and disposal of “municipal” refuse became a public service provided by local communities at taxpayer expense. >> Read the Full Article

Diesel Pollution Targeted in New York

The New York City Council will vote today to choke off those black plumes of diesel pollution emitted by city-owned and contracted vehicles -- including 6,000 school buses. >> Read the Full Article

Rural Britons Take Hunt Ban Anger to the Ballot Box

Rural Britons are in revolt and mounting a determined but almost certainly doomed bid to stop Tony Blair's Labour party winning an unprecedented third term in elections next month. >> Read the Full Article

Activists Push Recycling to Fight 'E-Waste'

When Earth Day dawned in 1970, optimistic environmentalists predicted emerging technologies would help reduce the nation's reliance on coal, oil, insecticides and other pollutants. But 35 years later, a big part of the problem appears to be technology itself. >> Read the Full Article

Energy Bill Won't Ease Fuel Prices Quickly, Bush Says

House Democrats on Wednesday criticized an $8 billion energy bill they said favored big oil companies and President Bush acknowledged the legislation would do nothing to immediately ease record gasoline prices. >> Read the Full Article

Japanese, Russian Leaders Meet to Discuss Siberian Oil Pipeline

Senior Japanese and Russian officials met Thursday to discuss a proposal to build a 4,100-kilometer (2,550-mile) crude oil pipeline from Siberia to Russia's Pacific Coast, from where oil could be shipped to energy-hungry consumers in Japan. >> Read the Full Article

Salmon Fishing Halted on Columbia River Amid Concern about Chinook Population

An agency that regulates the West Coast's biggest river has halted sport and commercial fishing for three kinds of fish after scientists became alarmed about a mysterious collapse in the population of salmon. >> Read the Full Article