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Feds to Vote on Ocean Trawling Plan

Federal regulators are preparing to vote on a plan to protect deep water corals and other sensitive fish habitat that will likely include a permanent ban on bottom trawling in large tracts of the Pacific Ocean. >> Read the Full Article

Sweden Calls for World Ban on PFOS Chemical

Sweden will this week propose a global ban on a chemical which may cause liver damage and is used by a number of industries including semiconductor makers, the country's Environment Ministry said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Pricing Paradise By the Gallon

Alex Caravella, a 73-year-old retiree, stands on his front lawn and ticks off the things he needs to make his grass take on the emerald hue of a golf course. "Money, labor, fertilizer, sunshine and water," he says. "Lots of water." >> Read the Full Article

White House Official Singled Out for Editing Climate Reports to Work for Exxon Mobil

A former White House official and one-time oil industry lobbyist whose editing of government reports on climate change prompted criticism from environmentalists will join Exxon Mobil Corp., the oil company said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Tsunami Pushes Leatherback Turtles Towards Brink

They survived the dinosaurs, but leatherback turtles may have moved one step closer to extinction when last December's tsunami washed away some of their most important nesting beaches in India's Nicobar islands. >> Read the Full Article

Panama Banana Growers Fear EU Tariffs May Spell End

On an industrial dump outside town, one-time banana worker Giovanni Morales climbs down into a toxic pit with a blunt pickaxe in search of scrap metal. Morales is one of about 9,000 former banana workers in Puerto Armuelles, one of Panama's biggest banana-producing regions, who lost their jobs when the industry took its latest downturn in 2003 due to a disease that ruined the crop. >> Read the Full Article

Ford's Amazon Rubber Town Dreams of a Brighter Future

Deep in the Amazon rainforest lies what looks a small U.S. Midwestern town, with neat white clapboard bungalows, trim gardens and spacious streets. A closer look at the main street reveals the paint is peeling and the roads have potholes. Instead of cars, there are bicycles and instead of bustle, there is silence. >> Read the Full Article

C&A Floorcoverings Earns Environmentally Preferable Product Certification for Ethos Brand Carpet Backing

C&A Floorcoverings (C&A), a Tandus company, announced Monday that it has earned Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification for ethos Cushion 100 Roll Goods, a high recycled content, cushion backing for six-foot broadloom carpet. >> Read the Full Article

Market Operates in Environmentally Friendly Building

Dirk Ellis estimates that he's given three or four tours a day of his Strawhouse Market since opening the doors two-plus weeks ago.Inside, the building features ground source heat pump technology for heating and cooling, with close to two dozen closed wells drilled more than 200 feet into the ground to take advantage of the earth's year-round 52-degree temperature. >> Read the Full Article

Snakes Have Interesting Habits, Researchers Say

It may not matter to people who hate snakes, but researchers at Washington University have discovered that rattlers are adaptable and have some interesting habits. >> Read the Full Article