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Duty to Serve
November 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Steven J. Moss, San Francisco Community Power

Not so long ago electric utilities had a “duty to serve” any customer within their designated service territory. In our electronic age it’s the customer who will have the duty to serve.

Icebergs Near New Zealand after Drifting from Atlantic
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Scores of icebergs have floated to within about 300 km (186 miles) of New Zealand, with the largest measuring about 1.8 km (1.1 miles) in length and standing some 120 metres (360 feet) above water.

Indian Scientists Find Rare Plant
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Indian scientists working in a tropical forest in the country's remote northeast have found a rare medicinal plant last seen 115 years ago, a scientific journal reported.

Officials Work to Save Homes after Two Days of Record Rains in Pacific Northwest
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Fought, Associated Press

As a storm that drenched Washington and Oregon for two days spent its force, trucks set to work on the Pacific Northwest coast dumping gravel to prevent houses from sliding into the ocean.

UN Talks Split on Date for Climate Fight Rules
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle and Gerard Wynn, Reuters

A U.N. conference working to fix long-term rules to fight global warming beyond 2012 "as soon as possible" was split on Tuesday over whether that meant an accord should be struck in 2008, 2009 or even 2010.

Illinois Mulls Building Greenhouse Gas Pipeline
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The governor of Illinois is mulling whether the state should help build a pipeline to combat global warming by carrying greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from planned clean coal plants to aging oilfields.

Fishermen, Facing Declining Stocks, Turn to Sharks
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Ben Blanchard, Reuters

Declining fish stocks mean that in some parts of the world fishermen are increasingly turning their attention to sharks, where a lack of regulation further threatens many species' survival, an environmentalist said on Wednesday.

Kenyan Nobel Prize Winner Launches Campaign to Plant One Billion Trees in 2007
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Elizabeth A. Kennedy, Associated Press

A Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner called on people around the world to plant 1 billion trees in the next year, saying Wednesday the effort is a way ordinary citizens can fight global warming.

Zanzibar Imposes Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Zanzibar imposed a ban on plastic shopping bags this week to protect the country's beleaguered environment, an official said Wednesday.

Indian Court Urged to End Monkey Business
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An Indian state government has asked the country's highest court to help get a monkey of its back -- or rather about 300 monkeys.

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