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PET Peeve -- A Guest Commentary

Oil won’t last forever – for that we are lucky. Petroleum dependence is a risky, unreliable crutch that drives global insecurity, depletion, and pollution. >> Read the Full Article

Anger and Fear over Asbestos Contamination in Wealthy Sacramento Suburb

A huge cloud of construction dust blowing across the field where his son played Little League signaled to Lance McMahan it was time to get out of this fast-growing suburb above Sacramento. >> Read the Full Article

G-8 Countries Trying to Reach Compromises on Africa and Global Warming

World leaders faced pressure from the United States to scale back goals for relieving African poverty and combatting disease on the world's poorest continent. But British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday he planned to keep campaigning for his ambitious objectives with other world leaders. >> Read the Full Article

Donor Countries Agree to Finance a Feasibility Study to Save the Shrinking Dead Sea

Donor countries have agreed to finance a feasibility study for a proposal to save the shrinking Dead Sea by feeding it with water through a canal from the Red Sea, the World Bank informed the sea's neighbors Thursday, according to a Jordanian official. >> Read the Full Article

Government Takes Largest Suit over Power Plant Changes to Court

The nation's biggest power generator broke clean air rules by failing to cut emissions at plants in four states that foul the air in the Northeast and harm health, a federal lawyer argued Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Environment Chief Tells G8 It Pays to Protect Forests, Coastlines

The U.N. environment chief has a message for leaders of the world's major industrialized nations: scientists have shown that it pays to preserve forests, coastal waters and marshes. Klaus Toepfer made the case that investing in the environment will go a long way toward meeting U.N. goals to reduce poverty, supply clean drinking water and fight the spread of infectious diseases. >> Read the Full Article

ADM up to the Green Challenge

E-mails from colleagues and acquaintances around the world have been landing in Mark Matlock's inbox. The reason for the flurry of correspondence: Relaying congratulatory words for Matlock and his employer, Archer Daniels Midland Co., which recently won two Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. >> Read the Full Article

Why Does Organic Food Cost More than Conventional?

Why does organic food cost more than conventionally grown food? There are a bushel of reasons. Limits on pesticides, for instance, mean more hand-weeding. They also mean farmers run a higher risk of losing all or part of a year's crop. >> Read the Full Article

Some Firms Give Workers Financial Incentives to Buy Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Faced with rising gas prices and increasing concerns about pollution, companies are writing checks to employees to buy cars that are more fuel-efficient and less harmful to the environment. >> Read the Full Article

Global Environmental Changes to be a Key Issue At This Week's G8

Global climate change will be a major focus at this week's G8 Summit. Scotland, host of the summit, is committed to innovation in the renewable energy sector and, as such, has created a solid industry and government support mechanism to achieve its aggressive renewable energy targets - 40 percent by 2020. >> Read the Full Article