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Dell and HP Expand Recycling Programs

The world's two largest personal-computer manufacturers have gotten a little greener. >> Read the Full Article

Energy Department pledges to remove 99 percent of nuclear waste from tanks

The Energy Department is committed to removing 99 percent of the nuclear waste in underground tanks at weapons sites, and anything less is "off the table," the head of the cleanup program told lawmakers Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

World's land turning to desert at an alarming speed, warns United Nations

The world is turning to dust, with land the size of Rhode Island becoming desert wasteland every year and the problem threatening to send millions of people fleeing to greener countries, the United Nations says. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: What happened to the "paperless office"?

The paperless office does appear to still be a distant dream. A recent University of California, Berkeley study found that, worldwide, the amount of printed matter generated between 1999 and 2002 not only did not decrease — it grew by 36 percent. >> Read the Full Article

World Bank ponders its role in the environment

With the World Bank facing a decision on whether it should continue backing oil and mining projects, its chief environmental official says it should stay involved to ensure high standards of environmental protection. >> Read the Full Article

Lax U.S. power plant rules are killing thousands, says study

More than 90 percent of the 23,600 annual deaths caused by pollution from aging coal-fired power plants could be prevented if the U.S. government adopted stricter rules, according to a study by environmental groups. >> Read the Full Article

New Partnership Brings Sustainable Forest and Farm Products to Market

The Rainforest Alliance has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish the Certified Sustainable Products Alliance, a three-year effort to significantly promote and increase the sale of sustainably produced certified timber, banana, and coffee from Central America and Mexico. >> Read the Full Article

Can solar power work? Pioneering community answers yes and no

Renewable energy is on the minds of Americans, who know fossil fuel supplies will run short. Crude oil output is certain for perhaps 40 more years and natural gas for 70, according to experts. Are there realistic alternatives? Solar power is touted, and one town has been testing a system for two decades, illustrating sun power's promise and limits. >> Read the Full Article

China embraces sustainability one city at a time

When China announced last November that it would impose strict new fuel-economy standards for small cars and minivans, it was only one sign that the world's most populated country is headed down a more sustainable path — while the United States moves in the other direction. >> Read the Full Article

Californians Are Downing Too Many Beers Without Recycling Bottles

Californians have a drinking problem: New research says they're downing too many beers without recycling the bottles. >> Read the Full Article