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• French Experts Say Doubts Remain on GMO Maize Risks  Click to Download the Podcast

French experts said on Wednesday serious doubts remained over whether the only genetically modified (GMO) crop grown in France was safe, a move likely to prompt the extension of a current ban on GMOs.
Thursday, January 10, 2008

• Corn... fuel... fire! U.S. corn subsidies promote Amazon deforestation  Click to Download the Podcast

According to Laurance, whose findings are reported this week in Science (December 14), a recent spike in Amazonian fires is being promoted by massive US subsidies that promote American corn production for ethanol. The ethanol is being blended with gasoline as an automobile fuel. "American taxpayers are spending $11 billion a year to subsidize corn producers—and this is having some surprising global consequences," said Laurance. The US is the world's leading producer of soy, but many American soy farmers are shifting to corn to qualify for the government subsidies. Since 2006, US corn production rose 19% while soy farming fell by 15%. The drop-off in US soy has helped to drive a major increase in global soy prices, which have nearly doubled in the last 14 months. In Brazil, the world's second-largest soy producer, high soy prices are having a serious impact on the Amazon rainforest and tropical savannas.
Thursday, January 10, 2008

• Apple may be cool but it comes last on green list - Environment Australia  Click to Download the Podcast

Apple Computer may be cool and hip with consumers, but it is anything but a trend-setter when it comes to good environmental policies, Greenpeace says.
Saturday, December 9, 2006

•  Greens slam environmental law overhaul - Environment Australia  Click to Download the Podcast

Parliament has approved a major overhaul of Australia's environmental laws which green groups have lamented as a backward step for the country's natural habitat.
Saturday, December 9, 2006

• 'I can't go to Iraq. I can't kill those children' - Suicide soldier's dying words to his mother  Click to Download the Podcast

While his peers from St Augustine's Catholic school were this month contemplating university careers or first jobs, Jason Chelsea was preoccupied with a different future: his first tour of duty in Iraq.
Friday, December 8, 2006

• Growth of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerating - CSIRO  Click to Download the Podcast

Global emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide have more than doubled since 1990 and the rate of increase is accelerating, according to new information gathered and analyzed by the Australian government research service.
Friday, December 8, 2006

• Jimmy Carter: Israeli 'domination' over Palestinians is 'atrocious' - Environment Australia  Click to Download the Podcast

Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter called Israeli "domination" over Palestinians "atrocious" during an interview Monday on ABC's Good Morning America.
Friday, December 8, 2006

•  San Diego to ban Wal-Mart Supercenters - Environment Australia  Click to Download the Podcast

The City Council here voted late Tuesday to ban certain giant retail stores, dealing a blow to Wal-Mart Stores Inc's potential to expand in the nation's eighth-largest city.
Friday, December 8, 2006

• Wind industry sniffs new direction  Click to Download the Podcast

The Australian wind energy lobby group believes there are progressive attitudes towards the renewable energy on the Australian scene
Friday, November 10, 2006

• Australia lagging behind in solar uptake  Click to Download the Podcast

Positive action in Germany has seen the industry boom with more than 30,000 jobs, while Australia is stagnant.
Friday, November 10, 2006