Business

Market Operates in Environmentally Friendly Building
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - John Harrington, The Independent Record

Dirk Ellis estimates that he's given three or four tours a day of his Strawhouse Market since opening the doors two-plus weeks ago.Inside, the building features ground source heat pump technology for heating and cooling, with close to two dozen closed wells drilled more than 200 feet into the ground to take advantage of the earth's year-round 52-degree temperature.

Panama Banana Growers Fear EU Tariffs May Spell End
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Powers, Reuters

On an industrial dump outside town, one-time banana worker Giovanni Morales climbs down into a toxic pit with a blunt pickaxe in search of scrap metal. Morales is one of about 9,000 former banana workers in Puerto Armuelles, one of Panama's biggest banana-producing regions, who lost their jobs when the industry took its latest downturn in 2003 due to a disease that ruined the crop.

Ford's Amazon Rubber Town Dreams of a Brighter Future
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Blackburn, Reuters

Deep in the Amazon rainforest lies what looks a small U.S. Midwestern town, with neat white clapboard bungalows, trim gardens and spacious streets. A closer look at the main street reveals the paint is peeling and the roads have potholes. Instead of cars, there are bicycles and instead of bustle, there is silence.

C&A Floorcoverings Earns Environmentally Preferable Product Certification for Ethos Brand Carpet Backing
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

C&A Floorcoverings (C&A), a Tandus company, announced Monday that it has earned Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification for ethos Cushion 100 Roll Goods, a high recycled content, cushion backing for six-foot broadloom carpet.

EarthNews Radio: Wildflowers
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

As spring slips into summer, one great way to mark the change of seasons is to view wildflowers as they come and go.

Hong Kong Disneyland to Tell Customers about Environmental Harm of Shark Fin Soup
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Helen Luk, Associated Press

Customers who want shark fin soup served at their banquets at Hong Kong Disneyland will be told about the harm done by the industry that supplies the fins, a Disney spokeswoman said Friday.

U.S. Microbics Ventures into Mexico, Will Provide Spanish Website
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Robert Brehm, CEO of environmental products and services company U.S. Microbics, Inc., announced that the company will soon be offering much of its product and service information on its website and printed material in both English and Spanish as it continues it effort to develop business in Mexico.

Snowmaking Upheld; Court Fight Next for Arizona Snowbowl
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Cyndy Cole, The Arizona Daily Sun

Arizona Snowbowl's plan to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks with reclaimed wastewater got another green light Thursday. But Native American tribes and environmental groups are likely now to take the fight to federal court.

Rebates Encourage Businesses to Try Alternative Sources of Energy
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Sanford Nax, The Fresno Bee

With energy costs of $1.5 million per year, Pat Ricchiuti has a strong incentive to reduce the power bill at his business. So, the owner of P-R Farms is installing what is believed to be the largest, privately financed solar-energy system in the state at his packinghouse.

Goodbye to a Sea Giant
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Shannon McMahon, The San Diego Union-Tribune

It was a company that could weather the Great Depression, World War II and several recessions. But today's economy proved too difficult. After 76 years in operation, the country's largest kelp harvesting facility originally called the Kelp Co. and today a division of International Specialty Products -- is closing its plant in Barrio Logan.

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