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Genzyme Center Earns Highest Environmental Rating From U.S. Green Building Council

Genzyme Corp. announced today that its world headquarters building, Genzyme Center, has received the highest rating issued by the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation’s foremost authority on environmentally responsible building practices. >> Read the Full Article

Popular Walrus Cam To Go Offline for Hunt

Popular Web cameras that allow viewers to watch live video of Pacific walruses will be shut off this week at the request of Alaska Natives. Leaders do not want viewers to see the animals shot and butchered during a fall subsistence hunt, fearing widespread Internet images could threaten the tradition. >> Read the Full Article

Pensacola Opposes EPA Plan To Leave Contaminated Soil Untreated

The Pensacola, Fla. city council has voted unanimously to oppose the federal government's plan to leave mounds of contaminated soil untreated at a former wood treating plant. >> Read the Full Article

Controversy Swirls Around Wind Farm Plan

An energy company wants to build 130 wind turbines, each taller than the Statue of Liberty, near a nature reserve to provide power to tens of thousands of homes. >> Read the Full Article

Taiwan God Pig Sacrifice: Religious Rite or Cruelty?

Every year, about 700 pigs are force-fed to gargantuan proportions to participate in competitions which are held by Taiwanese ethnic groups for traditional festivals that incorporate elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese folk religion. Traditional custom is to kill the pigs while they are conscious, even though animal rights advocates say Taiwan law requires pre-slaughter stunning of livestock to ease suffering. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Sue to Save Woodpecker

Environmentalists who fear a plan to divert water to eastern Arkansas farms will harm the habitat of the recently rediscovered ivory-billed woodpecker filed a federal lawsuit Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Global Warming Could Hit Indian Agriculture, Study Reveals

Global warming will push temperatures in India up by 3-4 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century, hitting agriculture and infrastructure, a joint India-UK study said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Republicans Eye Expanding U.S. Offshore Drilling

Barely a month after President Bush signed a $14.5 billion energy bill into law, Hurricane Katrina's destructive dance through the U.S. oilpatch is being seized on by Republicans as a reason to open more federal offshore waters to drilling. >> Read the Full Article

The Environment Matters -- A Guest Commentary

Many of us in the conservation world are concerned that the natural environment – as the fundamental provider of life on this planet – seems to have dropped off the international community’s radar screen in the lead up to the UN-hosted World Summit. >> Read the Full Article

Contaminated Water Had To Be Poured into Lake, EPA Chief Says

The decision to pour heavily contaminated floodwaters from New Orleans streets into Lake Pontchartrain was a difficult one and could pose new environmental problems in the years ahead, the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article