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Bid to Unlock Corn's Code Gaining, Group Says

A trade group overseeing a partnership to unlock corn's genetic code said Monday the effort has gained "critical momentum," with more than 120 researchers already having accessed a searchable Web database created last year to hasten development of biotech crops. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Tout Land-Use Law's Successes

Environmentalists released a sweeping report on Tuesday outlining major milestones in preserving open space and other resources through California's landmark land-use law, which is now being eyed for revisions. >> Read the Full Article

Transporting Food Can Cost the Earth

When it comes to food, buying local has been the mantra of environmental groups for years. After all, it's pretty easy to conclude that transporting fruits and vegetables from one side of the globe to the other isn't very good for the planet. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra on Hybrids vs. Biodiesel

A Prius-driving reader wonders whether he should invest in an even greener vehicle -- perhaps one that runs on straight vegetable oil. Advice guru Umbra Fisk compares the two eco-cars and announces her verdict -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Venezuela Defends Disputed Land Seizures

Venezuela Tuesday defended a plan to seize land from four private farms, including a UK-owned ranch and an eco-tourism reserve, after critics warned the move was illegal and would undermine investor confidence. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: Healthy Alternatives to Sugar

Perhaps since the diet crazes of the 1970s, Americans have been looking to cut back on their intake of sugar. And doctors couldn’t be happier, as they consider the prevalence of sugar in our society a root cause of numerous health problems, including the recent trends in obesity and adult onset diabetes. >> Read the Full Article

Nobel Peace Winner Appeals for Protection of African Forests in Rome

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner appealed Tuesday for better protection of Central Africa's forests in an attempt to eradicate poverty and bring peace to the region, a U.N agency said. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Votes to Open Oil Drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush. >> Read the Full Article

New Fairy Shrimp Species Found in Idaho

Biologists with the Idaho National Guard have discovered a new species of fairy shrimp living in the oft-dry lake beds of Idaho's desert. >> Read the Full Article

Agency Orders Power Plant Mercury Pollution Cut by Nearly 50 Percent

The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered power plants to cut mercury pollution from U.S. smokestacks by nearly half within 15 years but left an out for the worst polluters. >> Read the Full Article