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U.S. Virgin Islands Should Use Caribbean Sun, Switch to Solar Energy, Says Official
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. Virgin Islands residents ought to switch to solar power because of skyrocketing oil prices, an official said Thursday. The average electricity bill shot up 3.7 percent this month because of the rising cost of oil, which the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority burns to generate power.

ENN Weekly: May 9th - 13th
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news May 9 - 13: The financial impact of global warming, a new manmade island project in the works, backpackers rally to clean up in the wake of the tsunami, and schools address lunchtime waste.

Pesticide Appearing in Watershed
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times

Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency moved to phase out homeowner sales of diazinon, a popular lawn insecticide that posed human health risks and had shown up at elevated levels in Seattle-area streams.

Ocean Trade Increasing, Say Participants in Miami, Fla., Trade Conference
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Doreen Hemlock, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ocean trade is growing so fast across the Americas that seaports, railways, roads and other transport systems need to be expanded fast to handle the soaring cargo traffic.

Ameren to Spend up to $1.4 Billion on Pollution Control over Four Years
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Salter, Associated Press

Utility Ameren Corp. plans to spend up to $1.4 billion over the next four years to bring coal-burning power plants in Missouri and Illinois into compliance with federal emissions guidelines.

Gas Prices Starting to Ease
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Gas prices have eased just as the traditional driving season begins in earnest.

German Cabinet Approves Tax Breaks for Diesel Cars with Soot Filters
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The German government on Wednesday approved plans to offer a tax break of up to euro350 (US$450) to owners of diesel-powered cars fitted with soot-blocking particle filters.

Court Backs Cheney on Energy Meetings
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Charlie Savage, The Boston Globe

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Vice President Dick Cheney will not have to release details about the role of energy executives in private meetings Cheney held to craft national energy strategies, a decision that probably brings an end to a long-running and politically charged lawsuit.

You Make the Difference! -- An ENN Commentary
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Ronald Sanabria, Rainforest Alliance

Accompanied by the roar of crashing waves and the song of tiny frogs practicing their nocturnal serenade, my colleagues and I arrived at the end of another workday on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast -- a region blessed by natural beauty and rich local culture.

Dozens of Closed Military Bases are on EPA's Superfund List of Worst Toxic Waste Sites
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Thirty-four military bases shut down since 1988 are on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund list of worst toxic waste sites -- most of them for at least 15 years -- and not one is completely cleaned up.

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