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.

India 'Boom' an Environmental Disaster, Author Says
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Simon Denyer, Reuters

India's economic boom is causing unsustainable environmental damage and is blinding people to the misery of hundreds of millions of poor, prize-winning author and activist Arundhati Roy said.

Ethanol's Sweet Allure
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Landers, The Dallas Morning News

A blizzard of crushed husks stings the eyes. A sickly-sweet smell of fermenting alcohol assaults the nose. It's harvest time, and the busy Sao Martinho sugar mill is grinding out energy independence. Next year, Brazil expects to say goodbye to oil imports. Sugar cane is a big reason why.

Terruride Bluegrass Festival to Feature Renewable, Corn-Based Serviceware
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Despite anticipated record crowds at the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, fans will leave behind significantly less refuse than other events, thanks to an innovative approach to waste reduction that includes the use of corn-based plastic bottles, cups and plates.

Yamaha Motor Company Subsidizes Eco-Commuting
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM -

Yamaha Motor Co., the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, has introduced an eco-commute program for its employees.

Bank of America Receives 2005 Climate Champion Award
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Bank of America Corporation today announced that it received the 2005 Climate Champion award for advancing corporate solutions to global warming.

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.

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