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Few in Connecticut Using Renewable Energy
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Cara Baruzzi, New Haven Register

More than two months after being given the option of going "green," fewer than 1 percent of electric customers in Connecticut have.

Calif. Scientists Plan to Kill Barred Owls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Federal scientists are planning to shoot a small number of barred owls they say are crowding out the threatened spotted owl in northern California -- an experiment that could lead to killing thousands of the larger owls on the West Coast.

Mosquito Onslaught Plagues Anchorage Residents
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A mild winter that left a thick blanket of snow on the ground, followed by a wet spring, created ideal conditions for thick clouds of mosquitoes and other insects that are plaguing Alaska residents.

Court Orders Protection for Pacific Right Whales
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to draw up plans to protect North Pacific right whales, thought to have been extinct until they were rediscovered in the Bering Sea three years ago.

Environmental Power Corporation Unveils New Anaerobic Digester Technology; Electricity from Cow Waste
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Environmental Power Corporation (AMEX:EPG), in collaboration with Dairyland Power Cooperative, is formally commissioning the first of its electricity generating anaerobic digester systems.

Draft G8 Communique Takes Only Mild Stance on Illegal Logging
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Rich nations in the Group of Eight have failed to heed calls for tough moves on illegal logging and will issue only a mild call for action at a summit next month, according to a leaked draft.

Use Them or Lose Them, Government Tells Ranchers with Grazing Leases
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Ranchers will soon get more use of the 160 million acres of government land considered appropriate for livestock grazing. New regulations issued Thursday by the Interior Department will require ranchers to either use the grazing lands they lease from the government or give up their permits so others can use them.

Britain's Blair Caught in G8 Climate Dilemma
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is trapped in a dilemma of his own creation over saving the planet from global warming, analysts say. Blair has put climate change at the heart of his year-long presidency of the Group of Eight industrial nations, but his efforts to get radical action agreed at next month's G8 summit in Scotland are being repeatedly torpedoed by the United States.

EPA Sets New Rules for Cleaner Air in Parks and Wilderness Areas
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Visitors to hazy national parks and wilderness areas once again might see a clear day -- even if not forever -- under new rules that will require power plants, steel mills and other facilities to cut pollution by a million tons a year.

Alleged Clean Air Violations to Cost Oil Refineries Nearly $1 Billion in New Pollution Controls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Four companies -- Valero, Sunoco, Tesoro and Suncor Energy -- will install nearly $1 billion in new pollution controls at 18 oil refineries in settlements with the government and seven states over alleged violations of clean air laws.

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