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Researcher Puts Cows in a Bubble to Measure Emissions
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

How much gas does a cow pass? It's a serious question for California's dairy farmers, because the answer could cost them big money to comply with new state air quality regulations coming down the pike.

Conservationists Seek to Protect Apes
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Austrian branch of an international conservation group on Wednesday said it was launching a campaign to educate Austrian tourists about how bringing home souvenirs made from parts of dead apes, such as scalps, could contribute to the extinction of some species.

U.S. Joins with Five Asian Countries to Counter Climate Change
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The United States and five Asian and Pacific nations, including China and India, agreed Wednesday on a partnership to use cleaner energy technologies in hopes of curtailing climate-changing pollution.

Energy Officials are Seeing an Upward Trend for Power Use
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Nancy Luna, The Orange County Register

Consumers are power hungry in Orange County and across California. We use four times more electricity per person than Brazil by indulging in energy-sucking products such as plasma TVs, computers, air-conditioning systems, stereos, spare refrigerators and spas.

Environment-Friendly Roadside Flares
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

In an emergency, the immediate situation and safety are the primary concern of those involved. Environmental concerns are secondary. But one product commonly used by law enforcement, and by truckers and motorists in emergencies -- flares -- are not the most environmentally friendly of devices.

Privatization is the Real Tragedy of the Commons
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD

(By Robert Ovetz, PhD) Barely a day goes by when I read a reference to the “tragedy of the commons” as an explanation for one of our many environmental crises. The surprise is that it is often coming from fellow environmentalists. Surprising? The tragedy of the commons is a concept developed by theorist Garrett Hardin to explain the damage being caused to our shared natural resources of water, plants and animals, land, air and the ocean.

Consulting Firm Touts Financial Benefits of Being Environmentally Conscious
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Evatt, Tulsa World

For years, the conventional wisdom has been that one "green" comes at the expense of the other. In other words, environmentalists believe that corporations often make their profits while trashing the planet, and businesses feel that being ecologically friendly is cost-prohibitive.

Hybrid Cabs Get a Look from New York City
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Lemire, Daily News

Yellow cabs are going green -- and the new air-friendly models could be on the road this fall. The city Taxi and Limousine Commission gave its tentative approval yesterday to six makes of hybrid cars -- which run on a combination of electricity and gasoline -- to join its cab fleet after hearings in September.

TST, Inc. Purchases Fuel Cells to Reduce Pollution While Managing Energy Costs and Reliability
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

FuelCell Energy, Inc., a developer of clean electric power plants, and its partner Alliance Power Inc., a consultant in citing economical and environmentally friendly distributed generation facilities, today announced the signing of a contract to provide 500-kilowatts (kW) of green electricity to a secondary aluminum smelter in southern California that will meet or exceed the region's tough air pollution standards.

Dry-Cleaning Chemical Spurs Worries about Wells
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Murphy, Houston Chronicle

Dry cleaners knew nothing about the risks of perchloroethylene, known as perc, when it came into common use in the 1950s. In those days, chemical manufacturers even suggested that old perc or perc waste products could be tossed on dirt piles behind shops, said Mike Frew, a project manager in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's voluntary dry cleaner cleanup program.

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