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Grass Hailed as Potential Source of Clean Energy
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

A tall, decorative plant that can be grown in Europe and the United States could provide a significant amount of energy without contributing to global warming, scientists said on Tuesday. Field trials of the grass called Miscanthus in Illinois showed it could be very effective as an economically and environmentally sustainable energy crop.

Chicago Opens a Rare 'Green' School
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Babwin, Associated Press

Youngsters at Tarkington elementary started their first day of classes Tuesday at a school where flowering plants grow on the roof. It's one of the nation's small but growing number of environmentally friendly schools, a stand-out because it sits in a major city better known for towers of steel and concrete.

Katrina Environmental Issues 'Almost Unimaginable'
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

In the state's first major assessment of the environmental havoc in southern Louisiana, Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Mike McDaniel said large quantities of hazardous materials in damaged industrial plants, the danger of explosions and fires and water pollution were his main concerns eight days after the storm struck.

It’s Time for a New Vision
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James Quigley, Center for Sustainable Energy

(By James Quigley) The calamity in the Gulf Coast will have staggering implications in the US economy for months and possibly years to come. Hundred of thousands are homeless and more than a million people have lost their jobs. Gasoline at the pump is now well past $3 per gallon across the country and those prices are not likely to subside appreciably in the foreseeable future if at all. Some climate experts are warning that Hurricane Katrina is a prelude to more aberrant climate disruptions ahead. Anarchy has overtaken the streets of New Orleans and all our President can offer are inadequate platitudes about how “this will make America stronger.” Where is the vision? Why is there such a vacuum of leadership?

Captain Launches TV Show To Spotlight Fragile Florida Ecosystems
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Sanchez, The Bradenton Herald, Fla.

Yeah right. That's what Kim Ibasfalean would have said 14 years ago if someone had told her she'd one day star in a movie. Kim and a group of her protegees kicked off a television program in August aired weekly on Manatee County's fledgling cable station, Suncoast Network 96. Her evolution into filmmaking came largely from a desire to communicate her intimate knowledge of changes to the fragile waterways around Cortez.

Katrina Maims Lobster-Trapping Industry in Florida
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Babson, The Miami Herald

It wasn't even crustaceans Charlie Renier was trolling for when he took his 60-foot boat, the Cheyenne Rose, out last week off the Lower Keys. Renier, a fisherman, wasn't looking for lobsters. He was scouring miles of water for the wooden traps that are the tools of his trade.

Katrina Spawns Interest in Alternative Forms of Energy
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - John M. Moran and Ritu Kalra, The Hartford Courant

Rising oil prices are boosting interest in alternative energy, but industry experts say it will still be years before such alternatives play a major role in the nation's energy future. Fuel cells, solar power, wind power and other alternatives generally remain more costly than oil, gasoline and natural gas despite the recent increases in the price of crude oil and other fuels.

GreenShift Introduces Mean Green BioFuels
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

GreenShift Corporation today announced the formation of Mean Green BioFuels Corporation, a development-stage company that has acquired the rights to a new patent-pending technology for the cost-effective conversion of corn oil into biodiesel fuels.

2006 FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament to be Climate Neutral
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - GreenBiz.com

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee has partnered with the United Nations Environment Program to work toward a more eco-friendly, climate-neutral tournament.

India Offers Reward To Track Down Tiger Poachers
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

India is offering money to poor forest villagers to help catch poachers in a bid to save its endangered tiger population. Poachers and smugglers are known to pay villagers to use their skill in tracking and killing tigers and elephants.

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