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Peru Offers U.S.-Based Metals Producer More Time to Clean Up Toxic Contamination

The Peruvian government on Wednesday published a decree that could give U.S.-based Doe Run Co. more time to clean up toxic emissions from a metallurgical plant that has contaminated La Oroya, a bleak, smoke-choked town high in the central Andes. >> Read the Full Article

McDonald's Studying More Humane Chicken Slaughter

McDonald's Corp. said Wednesday it is studying whether to require its chicken suppliers to use a more humane slaughter method following a proposal by an animal rights group that holds shares in the fast-food chain. >> Read the Full Article

Lodi, California Winery to Be Solar-Powered

Since grapevines are solar-powered, The Lucas Winery should be no less, owner David Lucas concluded. >> Read the Full Article

Monks, Planes Help Distribute Tsunami Aid

Buddhist monks gave out rice and curry to grieving tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka and aircraft dropped food to isolated Indonesian towns Wednesday as Asia's disaster relief operation struggled to kick in. >> Read the Full Article

Kansas is Proving Ground for Federal Conservation Program

For more than four decades, Rod Arbuthnot has run his farm in a fashion many conservationists love. >> Read the Full Article

Farm Uses Waste Cooking Oil to Heat its Greenhouse

Ralph and Lisa Turner of Laughing Stock Farm have a new recipe for salad this winter: Take a vat of used cooking oil from restaurants, strain out food bits ranging from bread crumbs to chicken bones, then use it as fuel to heat a greenhouse. >> Read the Full Article

Tsunami Threatens Survival of Indian Tribes

Some primitive Indian tribes could be on the verge of extinction after a deadly tsunami slammed into the far-flung Andaman and Nicobar islands, experts say. >> Read the Full Article

Notes from Anna: Organic Jazz, and More Food For The Spirit

Recently I attended a series of jazz shows played by some of my friends in Boston's small venues. Prior to the shows, witnessing these musicians practice on a day-to-day basis, I also saw how their primary dedication to music grew into a broader commitment to things that are beautiful, fair, and just. >> Read the Full Article

Nevada Commission Issues Solar Power Rebates, Adopts 'Green Power' Program

State regulators on Tuesday approved solar power rebates for 50 residential and small-business electric customers and adopted a program designed to help independent power developers secure financing for wind, solar and geothermal power projects. >> Read the Full Article

In the Economics of Global Warming, Pig Emissions Have a Part to Play

Pig manure in Chile will keep neon lights glowing on Tokyo's Ginza in years to come. It's a grand north-south tradeoff to slow global warming: You reduce your "greenhouse gas" emissions so I don't have to cut back on mine. >> Read the Full Article