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Farmer Cuts Herbicide Bill by Adding Soybean Oil to His Weed Killers

At first, Gene Hood was skeptical. A friend and fellow farmer in Indiana was adding soybean oil to his herbicides. By doing so, he was able to cut back on the amount of weed killers he sprayed on his fields. >> Read the Full Article

Study Shows Fertilizers Harm Freshwater Lakes

Farmers' routine application of chemical fertilizers and manure to the land poses a far greater environmental problem to freshwater lakes than previously thought, potentially polluting the water for hundreds of years, according to research published Monday. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Senate Begins Debate on Energy Bill on Tuesday

The Senate was set to take up a broad, $11 billion energy bill on Tuesday, with lawmakers racing the clock to get a final version to the White House this summer. The legislation aims to boost long-term domestic oil, natural gas and gasoline production, make the U.S. electric grid more reliable and build more nuclear power plants. >> Read the Full Article

Coming Clean in Chesapeake Virginia

Can heavy industry, homes and the environment get along in the same neighborhood? The Elizabeth River Project and University of Virginia representatives think so. The two entities are crafting a plan to revitalize Money Point in Chesapeake, so that this intensely industrialized and neglected community might one day become a healthier, cleaner and greener place to live and do business. >> Read the Full Article

A Grizzly Situation for Wyoming Farmers, Residents: Ecosystem is Close By

Rancher Tom Bales' voice grew thick with emotion as he remembered the day his young daughter walked outside to feed her sheep and started screaming. As Bales rushed out of the house to see what was wrong, he saw what had frightened her: The three market lambs she had raised on bottles were spread around the farmyard in pieces. >> Read the Full Article

Who Owns the Earth?

(By Steven J. Moss) The first time it happened I was on a rafting trip with my wife, Debbie. “What’s this,” she asked, holding a glass bottle she’d picked out of the rocks. I took it from her, and my heart beat a little faster. It was an antique liquor bottle stamped with the date “1856,” a prized artifact from the Old West. “Let me see that,” said our guide, who, because of his age and river wisdom, we’d nicknamed “Old Man River.” “I’ve been rafting this river twenty years and I’ve never seen an intact bottle like this. Must’ve been dislodged by the rains.” He took it from me. “Best to leave it here at the river where other people can come across it,” he said, as he squatted down and wedged it between the rocks. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Microbics Ventures into Mexico, Will Provide Spanish Website

Robert Brehm, CEO of environmental products and services company U.S. Microbics, Inc., announced that the company will soon be offering much of its product and service information on its website and printed material in both English and Spanish as it continues it effort to develop business in Mexico. >> Read the Full Article

Snowmaking Upheld; Court Fight Next for Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona Snowbowl's plan to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks with reclaimed wastewater got another green light Thursday. But Native American tribes and environmental groups are likely now to take the fight to federal court. >> Read the Full Article

Rebates Encourage Businesses to Try Alternative Sources of Energy

With energy costs of $1.5 million per year, Pat Ricchiuti has a strong incentive to reduce the power bill at his business. So, the owner of P-R Farms is installing what is believed to be the largest, privately financed solar-energy system in the state at his packinghouse. >> Read the Full Article

Hong Kong Disneyland to Tell Customers about Environmental Harm of Shark Fin Soup

Customers who want shark fin soup served at their banquets at Hong Kong Disneyland will be told about the harm done by the industry that supplies the fins, a Disney spokeswoman said Friday. >> Read the Full Article