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Canadian Inuit Leader Accepts Sophie Environment Prize at Oslo Ceremony

Canadian Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier accepted the 2005 Sophie environment prize Wednesday for drawing attention to the impact of climate change and pollution on the traditional lifestyles of the Arctic's indigenous people and others. >> Read the Full Article

Sanitation Problems Plague Mountaineers in Alaska

Mountaineers who ascend North America's loftiest peak are often brought down to earth by "virus-laden poo" left behind by previous climbers, a medical report says. >> Read the Full Article

Researchers Examine Pesticide Impact

University of North Dakota researchers are studying the impact of pesticides on children's ability to learn. "We really think that there will be some sort of decrease in school achievement and memory," said Patricia Moulton, a researcher with the Center for Rural Health. >> Read the Full Article

Power Plant Cleanups Put in Doubt by Appeals Court Ruling

Efforts since the Clinton administration to clean up the nation's biggest industrial source of air pollution reached what may be a legal dead end Wednesday. A federal appeals court ruled that power plants can throw more pollutants into the air annually when they modernize to operate for longer hours. >> Read the Full Article

The Growing Plastic Wasteberg -- An ENN Commentary

While I admire Mike Johnston’s efforts to find a short-term ways to slow the accelerated growth of the plastic wasteberg that threatens our planet ("A Reader Responds to America's Other Trade Deficit," May 19th, 2005), his reply to my commentary “America’s Other Trade Deficit” unfortunately resorts to name-calling and false claims that I am “short on hard science” in an effort to perpetuate the same myths about plastics that have confused and misinformed an entire generation. >> Read the Full Article

Raw-Food Fervor Starting to Sprout

It's raw, but it's hot. Interest in eating food in its pure form, uncooked and unprocessed, is growing. Celebrities swear by the raw diet and local stores scramble to keep raw products in stock. >> Read the Full Article

New Report From World Resources Institute Finds Environmental Loophole in Standards for Multilateral Development Banks

A report released today by the World Resources Institute (WRI) recommends that multilateral development banks (MDBs) incorporate environmental and social policies into their lending to financial intermediary (FI) institutions in developing countries. >> Read the Full Article

Firm Expands PC Recycling

A Spokane company that for the past two years has gathered up and sold discarded personal computers to Asian processors now says it will dismantle the machines and sell the recyclable waste overseas. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Panel Rebuffs House Call for Interim Nuclear Waste Storage

Senators struck a blow for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump Tuesday as a spending panel rebuffed a House effort to establish temporary storage sites as a backup. >> Read the Full Article

Loggers, Environmentalists Square Off Over Landmark Australian $6.36 Million Lawsuit

Taking up a tactic long used by Australian environmentalists, the country's largest timber company has gone to court to try to block prominent environmental campaigners from carrying out what it claims are violent protests and to demand millions of dollars in damages from anti-logging demonstrations. >> Read the Full Article