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Record corn plantings and ethanol hopes
by Julie LE COZ & Nicolas TREVILLOT
Why are Americans planning to plant more corn this year than they have since the Second World War? The rising demand for ethanol (rather than a renewed culinary interest in corn on the cob) is the answer.

Acidic oceans: a major environmental hazard.
by Sébastien GERBAULT
Scientists have issued yet another alarming verdict on the state of the seas. Acidity is now threatening a vast array of sea-life.

India: an E-waste dumping ground ?
by Jean-Baptiste LUSIGNAN & Simon CARLI
E-waste is a global environmental hazard. Each year, about 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes of discarded electronic equipment is exported from developed countries to India’s scrap yards in Meerut, Bangalore or Mumbaï, to get dismantled by poorly-protected workers.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Australian Water
by Amy KRAFT
Residents of Queensland, Australia, are heating up as the government pushes to introduce recycled water into the state’s drinking supply.

Global warming in Canada: a political opportunity ?
by Rémy DUPRE & Guillaume LEFEVRE
Canada is one of the few developed countries to be a net exporter of energy. As such it has both a direct and indirect responsibility for global warming. However its government has often been accused of being lame and parochial with regard to environmental matters.

Exotic pets: the dark side of a wild fad.
by Véronique JULLIEN
The exotic pet market is booming, especially in the United States. But is it a good idea to keep wild animals at home?

The nightmare of the fairy penguins.
by Camille LE BARZE
Australian fairy penguins are an endangered species. The Sydney Harbour colony struggles for life on a daily basis.

Mind the tap!
by Sandra DECKMYN
Singing and day-dreaming in the shower could soon be a thing of the past in Australia, following a study showing that Australians’ bad habits cause massive waste in energy.

Tourism: a magic wand for Ocean defenders?
by Véronique JULLIEN
Greenpeace’s “Whale Tourism Pledge” finally secured the 100 000 signatures expected. It hopes that tourism and its potential revenues could eventually convince Iceland to stop whaling.
Environmental consciousness rises in the west
by Pauline AUBEY & Fabien d’ANGELY
After years of controversy over the hot issue of global warming, it seems that California – the world’s 12th carbon emitter* – is finally ready to move on. The Golden State will put into practice the cut in greenhouse gas emissions recommended by the 1997 Kyoto Treaty (which the USA have yet failed to ratify ever since).
On Canadian & Tasmanian road hazards, and shooting trips in the UK.

Is Space the preserve of millionaires ?
by Katia LE CLAIR
Who are today’s space tourists and tour operators ?
On environmental issues re. the US-Canada border and Al Gore’s career.

Tartan exodus
by Paul-Napoléon JACKSON
Eighty per cent of Scots and their descendants live outside of Scotland.

Wood.forgood: The importance of building in wood.
by Van Nga Thi NGUYEN
Wood is now widely recognised by scientists as the most sustainable building material. British organisation wood.forgood is campaigning to convince architects and builders alike.
On squirrel steak, pink lady cabs, and organic holidays.

Everything you always wanted to know about kangaroo reproduction, but were afraid to ask.
Discover how kangaroos can have no less than three babies at the same time, and why it matters both environmentally and economically.

Washington DC’s national cherry blossom festival.
by Marion GREGOIRE & Céline GURDON
In March and April 2006, Washington DC and hordes of tourists celebrate pale-pink cherry blossoms for the 94th time.
On animal copyright, tourists in South Africa, endangered British shell fish, voluntourists in New Orleans, and coyotes in Central Park.

Curling stones on the rocks at Ailsa Craig.
by Christophe COIGNARD & Julie THARAUD
Scotland claims to have invented curling. From the 19th century onwards, Ailsa Craig island has been the one and only place where the precious granite stones are cut.
Grizzlies in jeopardy?
by Ludivine GROSJEAN & Emilie ROGER
Last autumn, Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced plans to take Yellowstone‘s grizzly bears off the Endangered Species Act.
On oilfields in Belize, endangered polar bears, and green taxes in the UK.

Are badgers the only ones to blame for bovine TB?
by Bérangère MAILLET
Cattle farmers in England have to face yet another epidemic : bovine tuberculosis (TB). Badgers are blamed for spreading the disease; a massive cull is being discussed.
On the cost of refusing to go green in Australia, biopiracy in Pakistan, winter holidays in Newfoundland for men & in Alaska for women.
Is Dumbo dangerous or endangered ?
by Anne-Laure COZANNET
Some elephants in South Africa’s Kruger National Park might have to be culled.
Canada: the blackest sheep of the environmentally unfriendly family ?
by Caroline ADAM
The idea of Canada being an environmentally friendly country is long-lived but simply wrong when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.
On Fancy Prison Hideaways, the Passing Away of the London Routemaster, and the Digital Dump Time-Bomb.
How green are Uncle Sam’s hands?
by Charlotte MARCHALANT
In America, various environmentalists are claiming to be the staunchest patriots, but they don’t seem to be speaking the same language.
Oil Addicted Consumers Need to Wake Up.
by Sabrina HAMMOUDI
A brief outlook at a potential alternative to ordinary fuel.
On Borders in Kashmir and the Fate of the Siachen Glacier, The Panda House in Washington D.C., Biophilia and Therapeutic Dolphins.
After “hard times”, “great expectations” for environmental issues in America?
Pressure from nature to approve the Kyoto protocol.
On crack-addicted squirrels, healthy grizzlies, a spa in the Himalayas, Malibu bacteria and stellar tourism
Three in one: treatment, savings and vacation.
India is competing with the other Asian countries in order to promote medical tourism.

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