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Who Owns the Earth?

(By Steven J. Moss) The first time it happened I was on a rafting trip with my wife, Debbie. “What’s this,” she asked, holding a glass bottle she’d picked out of the rocks. I took it from her, and my heart beat a little faster. It was an antique liquor bottle stamped with the date “1856,” a prized artifact from the Old West. “Let me see that,” said our guide, who, because of his age and river wisdom, we’d nicknamed “Old Man River.” “I’ve been rafting this river twenty years and I’ve never seen an intact bottle like this. Must’ve been dislodged by the rains.” He took it from me. “Best to leave it here at the river where other people can come across it,” he said, as he squatted down and wedged it between the rocks. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Microbics Ventures into Mexico, Will Provide Spanish Website

Robert Brehm, CEO of environmental products and services company U.S. Microbics, Inc., announced that the company will soon be offering much of its product and service information on its website and printed material in both English and Spanish as it continues it effort to develop business in Mexico. >> Read the Full Article

Snowmaking Upheld; Court Fight Next for Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona Snowbowl's plan to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks with reclaimed wastewater got another green light Thursday. But Native American tribes and environmental groups are likely now to take the fight to federal court. >> Read the Full Article

Rebates Encourage Businesses to Try Alternative Sources of Energy

With energy costs of $1.5 million per year, Pat Ricchiuti has a strong incentive to reduce the power bill at his business. So, the owner of P-R Farms is installing what is believed to be the largest, privately financed solar-energy system in the state at his packinghouse. >> Read the Full Article

Hong Kong Disneyland to Tell Customers about Environmental Harm of Shark Fin Soup

Customers who want shark fin soup served at their banquets at Hong Kong Disneyland will be told about the harm done by the industry that supplies the fins, a Disney spokeswoman said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Cyclists Stage Naked Demonstrations in London, Madrid Against Over-Use of Cars

Hundreds of naked cyclists staged demonstrations Saturday to protest the West's dependence on gas-guzzling cars -- and to push for more use of bicycles. >> Read the Full Article

Arizona's Pronghorns Making Comeback

About 2 1/2 years ago, the survival chances for Arizona's endangered Sonoran pronghorns were grim. Victimized by prolonged drought, only an estimated 21 of the sleek desert-dwelling animals were left in this country; their extinction appeared inevitable. >> Read the Full Article

Neighbors Defending Mountainous Pile of Mining Waste; EPA Says It Must Go

You won't hear Elwood "Knot" Ragsdale or many others along Buckley Street call the mining waste towering 30 stories above their homes a neighborhood eyesore, a wind-swept legacy of the community's bygone days of keeping the nation supplied with lead. >> Read the Full Article

Wisconsin Wildlife Officials Net Rare White Muskie

This is indeed a fish story -- not about the one that got away but about a rare one. A white muskellunge is swimming in the waters of Lake Tomahawk, in the northern part of the state. State fisheries experts captured it in nets during a population survey in April and released it back into the lake. >> Read the Full Article

Utilities Show Interest in New Nuclear Plants for First Time Since TMI Accident

For two months, Ray Ganthner took to the road, visiting a dozen power companies to find out if his bosses should take a $100 million gamble. >> Read the Full Article