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E.U. Parliament Backs Strict Waste Management Rules for European Mines and Quarries
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Parliament on Tuesday backed new rules meant to curb pollution from mines and quarries, and to prevent waste from those sites from seeping into nearby rivers, lakes or water reservoirs.

Water Crisis Looms as Himalayan Glaciers Melt
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Sugita Katyal, Reuters

Imagine a world without drinking water. It's a scary thought, but scientists say the 40 percent of humanity living in South Asia and China could well be living with little drinking water within 50 years as global warming melts Himalayan glaciers, the region's main water source.

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

The calamity in the Gulf Coast will have staggering implications in the US economy for months and possibly years to come. Some climate experts are warning that Hurricane Katrina is a prelude to more aberrant climate disruptions ahead.

Brazil Likely To Build More Nuclear Plants, Minister Says
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazil's Minister of Science and Technology said Tuesday he believed the country would approve plans to build more nuclear reactors later this year, drawing howls of protest from environmental groups.

Few Choices To Rid New Orleans of Poisoned Water
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

The potentially toxic brew of chemicals and human waste in the New Orleans floodwaters will have to be pumped into the Mississippi River or Lake Pontchartrain, raising the specter of an environmental disaster on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, experts say.

Indonesian Orangutans Under Siege, Green Groups Say
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hundreds of orangutans are killed or captured every year on the Indonesian part of Borneo island as part of an illegal trade that is driving the primates towards extinction, green groups said on Tuesday.

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?

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