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California Farmers Say Relief is Needed to Save Family Farms
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press

Edwin Camp has spent most of his life working on the family farm, tending potatoes, carrots and grapes in California's fertile Central Valley -- famously known as "America's salad bowl." But in recent years, he has logged less time in the fields and more days politicking against what he calls stringent labor and environmental laws threatening family farms.

U.S. Virgin Islands Government Sues Oil Refinery, Alumina Plant for Damaging Environment
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

The U.S. Virgin Islands filed suit Wednesday suing the Western Hemisphere's second largest oil refinery and a defunct alumina plant for allegedly releasing pollutants that tainted the groundwater and marine and coastal resources on St. Croix island.

MIT Looks to Help Solve World's Energy Woes
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Weisman, The Boston Globe

The amount of energy-related work at MIT could double over the next five years as the institute mounts a research effort to address the world's growing energy problems. The program comes at a time when energy demand and consumption are surging globally as China, India, and other developing countries build industrial economies.

Whales are Big Business in Cape Cod's Waters
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Heitz, Cape Cod Times

The whales have returned from their winter respites in warmer waters. And with them comes the return of whale watching -- a seasonal draw that's become an important part of the local tourism industry.

Bamboo Fabric May Be 'Next Big Thing' in Textiles
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Caroline Fossi, The Post and Courier

As the U.S. textile market struggles in the face of foreign competition, a fledgling South Carolina clothing company is hoping to weave its own niche in the industry. To do so, it's pinning its hopes on a nontraditional material: bamboo.

Suncor Energy Releases 2005 Report on Sustainability
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Suncor Energy Inc. today released its 2005 Report on Sustainability — a comprehensive review of the company’s social, economic and environmental performance in 2003 and 2004.

US Investors Support Global Warming Resolution with General Motors
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Today several leading U.S. institutional investors, representing more than $400 billion in invested assets, announced their support for a shareholder resolution requesting that General Motors assess and disclose its strategies for facing the significant financial risks posed by global climate change.

Innovative Farming Methods Save Money, Spare the Environment
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa

Bedding calves at Dave and Pam Bolin's farm is yesterday's news. In an effort to help the environment and control costs, the Clarksville dairy farmers shred old newspapers to keep young heifers comfortable.

Alternative Fuels Push to Benefit Alaska
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce

A new federal initiative to manufacture alternate fuels from coal could benefit projects in Alaska. Theodore Barna, assistant deputy undersecretary of defense, said the Department of Defense is launching an effort to get U.S. industry to tackle alternative fuels projects to make ultra-clean, high-performance jet fuel and diesel for the military.

Cultivating the Power of Nature's Call
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The manure management side of farming is far less smelly and far more profitable when the animal waste is converted into a power source. Such a biomass process is up and running at farms across the United States. Although the basic technology isn't new, it's generating attention for a Wisconsin company, GHD Inc.

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