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Expo on Eco-Building Focuses on Turning Portland, Ore., Green

Portland has long enjoyed a reputation for being "green" — environmentally conscious. But through Friday, more than 5,000 of the greenest of the green will judge for themselves as they arrive for the nation's leading eco-friendly building conference and expo, opening today at the Oregon Convention Center. >> Read the Full Article

Price of Oil Cuts Both Ways for Firewood Producers

Karl Riendeau tilts the dump truck's bed and pulls forward a few feet. With a rumble, 2 1/2 cords of firewood spill out, forming a waist-high pile on the asphalt bordering a neat, suburban lawn. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Red Emeralds are Found Only in Beaver County, Utah

Twenty-four million years ago, pressure deep within the earth pushed up this mountain range. When the volcanic forces subsided eons later, they left behind a small cache of red emeralds. >> Read the Full Article

Labeling of U.S. Corn is Sought

An international review of a controversy over bioengineered genes in Mexican corn recommends that Mexico combat the biotech intrusion by requiring labeling or milling of kernels imported from countries such as the United States. >> Read the Full Article

New Mexico Task Force Locates Three Possible Sites for Solar Energy Plant

The governor's solar energy task force has released a feasibility study showing three sites in southern New Mexico and two near Belen as suitable for a commercial solar power plant. >> Read the Full Article

Nearly Half of European Bird Species at Risk, Says Report

More than 40 percent of all bird species in Europe face an uncertain future and some are so threatened that they may disappear soon due to intensive agriculture and climate change, scientists said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Some Foresters Want 'Green' Certification

There are tall, thick alders and gargantuan maples on John Henrikson's land that could line his pockets handsomely if he cut them for timber, but he leaves most of them standing -- cutting only the ones nearing the end of their life span. "I'm not going to touch this," he said, admiring one of the red alders on his 100 acres in this tiny town in southwestern Washington. "This is an unbelievably healthy tree." >> Read the Full Article

Bush Stands by Rejection of Limits on Gases Blamed for Global Warming

President Bush is holding fast to his rejection of mandatory curbs on greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming, despite a fresh report from 300 scientists in the United States and seven other nations that shows Arctic temperatures are rising. >> Read the Full Article

Indian Farmers Turn to Soft Drinks to Kill Pests

Cotton farmers in some Indian villages are flocking to buy Coca-Cola and Pepsi, believing that the sugar in the fizzy drinks kills pests. >> Read the Full Article

Whooping Cranes' Migration Interrupted

Wildlife researchers leading a flock of young whooping cranes south for the winter are warning people to stay out of their way after an apparently curious ultralight pilot disturbed the endangered birds. >> Read the Full Article