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EU Blames Drought, Human Negligence for Rise in Forest Fires in Southern Europe

Drought and human negligence are to blame for the recent rise in forest fires across Europe, the European Union's head office said Wednesday, warning the situation in southern Europe remained precarious. >> Read the Full Article

Barges Lighten Loads, Hope for Rain as Drought Lowers River Levels

As the Midwest's worst drought in 17 years continues to lower inland rivers, Larry Daily and other barge operators shake their heads at sunny skies and hope for rain -- lots of it -- to buoy their cargos, spirits and bottom lines. >> Read the Full Article

Carbonfund.org Makes it Possble to Offset Business, Home and Travel Climate Footprint

As a socially responsible business or individual concerned about climate change, what do you do after you've changed your lighting, heating and other energy-using appliances? >> Read the Full Article

Living with the Legacy of 'Away' -- A Guest Commentary

What do you do with waste? Why, you throw it away, of course. But think about the term, "throw it away." Where exactly is this "away" place and what happens to things when they get there? >> Read the Full Article

Agricultural Fires Jump by 60 Percent in Brazilian Amazon State

The number of fires in a large Amazon state has jumped by nearly 60 percent, stirring fears of a destructive burning season, environmental officials said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Laurie Garrett: Are We Prepared for Avian Flu?

Laurie Garrett, the only reporter to win all three of journalism's big "P awards (the Peabody, the Polk and the Pulitzer) is extraordinarily well positioned to tell the frightening and emerging story of avian flu. She answers questions posed by Jim Motavalli of E - The Environmental Magazine. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: Venture Capital for Conservationists

Here's an interesting idea: a venture capital model for conservationists. In this EarthNews Radio piece, Jerry Kay tells you about an organization using such a model. >> Read the Full Article

Air Pollution Hits Emergency Level in Malaysian Port Town from Indonesian Forest Haze

Air pollution exceeded emergency levels in two Malaysian towns Thursday as a smoky haze from forest fires in Indonesia shrouded Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs in a pall of noxious fumes in the country's worst environmental crisis since 1997. >> Read the Full Article

American Research Team to Study Impact of U.S.-Owned Smelter on Peru Townspeople

A research team from an American university will study the impact toxic emissions are having on townspeople in La Oroya, a bleak, smoke-choked town where a U.S. company operates a metallurgical plant. >> Read the Full Article

Transportation Bill Includes Controversial $207 Million Pet Project for Hastert

The massive transportation bill President Bush signed Wednesday includes $207 million for a pet project of House Speaker Dennis Hastert -- a new road connecting two major highways in his district. Some locals say it will promote urban sprawl, hurt the environment and swallow up fertile farmland. >> Read the Full Article