"U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan"

"The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials," the New York Times reports. Those officials include the general running the Afghan war. Other news reports say the discoveries are not new and imply they may be hyped to justify the floundering U.S. war in Afghanistan.

Source: NYTimes, 06/14/2010

"Estimate of Spilled Oil Goes Up, and BP Stock Price Goes Down"

"The stock price of BP plunged more than 15 percent Wednesday to a 14-year low as it became increasingly clear that the amount of oil spewing out of the Deepwater Horizon well is substantially greater than the company or the federal government initially estimated." BP stock opened down another 4 percent today.

Source: Wash Post, 06/10/2010

"UNESCO Approves 13 New Biosphere Reserves for Enhanced Protection"

"Ethiopia and Zimbabwe have added their first biosphere reserves to the network of reserves created by the United Nations to halt the loss of biodiversity and promote sustainable development. One of the two new Ethiopian reserves protects the place of origin of the plant Caffea Arabica, believed to be the first species of coffee ever cultivated."

Source: ENS, 06/08/2010


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