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Swedish Delicacy Kicks Up a Stink in Summer
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Stephen Brown, Reuters

A peaceable people who otherwise care for the environment, fish-loving Swedes sit outside to open and eat a dish that is only deemed ripe for consumption when the tin containing it is buckled and bulging from the fishy fumes. The smell is so pungent that even neighbors and passers-by get a snootful.

Malaysia Bans Open Burning around Kuala Lumpur and Central Selangor State as Haze Worsens
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia has banned most forms of open burning, including camp fires and outdoor cooking, in a desperate measure to ease the stifling haze blanketing Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas due to smoke from forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.

Mexico Plans to Protect New U.N. World Heritage Site on Sea of Cortes
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexican officials on Monday said they hoped to attract international experts to protect a sprawling new World Heritage Site on the Sea of Cortes in northwest Mexico.

Judge Raps EPA for Letting Industry Decide Whether to Add Safeguards to Rat Poison
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

A federal judge has scolded the Environmental Protection Agency for letting manufacturers decide whether to add safeguards to protect children from the hazards of rat poison. "EPA is not in the business of reaching consensus with the `stakeholders' it regulates," Judge Jed S. Rakoff said in a decision dated Sunday and made public Monday.

If I Could Have Written the Energy Bill... -- A Guest Commentary
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Bossong, SUN DAY Campaign

Rising energy imports, climate change, and reliance on polluting fossil fuel and nuclear technologies all threaten the nation's economy, national security, public health, and the environment. None of these problems will go away. None will be solved by the new energy bill. In fact, all may well be made worse by it. Therefore, now that President Bush has signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, it is time for Congress to pass legislation that actually addresses the nation's energy needs.

Energy Bill Drops Requirement for Smog-Reducing Gasoline Additives
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Additives in about a third of the nation's gasoline -- aimed at reducing smog in urban areas with the worst air pollution -- will no longer be required under the energy policy that President Bush just signed into law.

Chinese Villagers Prevented from Petitioning Beijing about Pollution, Rights Group Says
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chinese villagers resettled to make way for the massive Three Gorges dam project were harassed by officials and prevented from petitioning the central government about pollution, a human rights group said Tuesday.

Alaska Sea Otters to Get U.S. Protection
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Southwest Alaska's sea otters, which came back from the brink of extinction in the 1800s, are facing another dramatic decline and could be named a "threatened" species as early as Tuesday.

If ENN Readers Could Have Written the Energy Bill...
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Last week ENN publisher Jerry Kay challenged readers to come up with their own vision for the nation's energy bill. Jerry wrote, "If you could have written our national energy legislation what would you have included?" Here's the final round of insightful responses.

Bush Says New Energy Bill Vital to U.S. Economy
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Wilson, Reuters

As oil and gasoline prices hit new records, President George W. Bush Monday signed an energy bill he called vital to the U.S. economy but conceded that it offered consumers no short-term relief at the pump.

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