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New Rules for 'Urban' Oil and Gas Drilling in Ohio
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The state approved new rules for oil and gas drilling Tuesday that aim to ensure health and human safety, protection of the environment, and scientific management of oil and gas reserves.

Interface Expands Offering Of Environmentally Preferable Products
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Less than two years after becoming the first carpet manufacturer to achieve third-party Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification, Interface Flooring Systems has now received certification for its entire i2 line of modular carpet in addition to any Interface® brand product specified with GlasBac® RE backing.

House Approves New Mississippi River Locks among $10 Billion in Corps of Engineers Projects
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The House voted on Thursday to approve the nation's costliest waterway navigation project, a $3.6 billion undertaking to ease shipping on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Environmental and taxpayer groups have opposed the project.

India Can't Commit to Kyoto Targets, Says U.N. Climate Head
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Sugita Katyal, Reuters

India will be unable to commit to greenhouse gas emission targets when the first phase of the Kyoto treaty ends in 2012 as its energy-hungry economy is developing fast, the top U.N. climate expert said on Thursday.

Hawaii Fights Spread of Small, Noisy Frogs
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

It's hard to imagine a tiny, 2-inch frog could cause so much harm. Beloved in its native Puerto Rico, the coqui frog has become a menace in Hawaii, where it suddenly appeared in the 1990s.

Democrats Suggest Blocking EPA Nominees over Superfund, Lead Paint Questions
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Two Democratic senators suggested Thursday they may block one or more of President Bush's nominees to key Environmental Protection Agency posts unless they get answers they want from the agency.

Centralized Planning -- A Guest Commentary
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven J. Moss, San Francisco Community Power

We pretend otherwise, but California’s energy sector is planned as centrally as any old line communist state. Every aspect of our complicated electricity system has to be approved by a state bureaucrat, usually at the request of a monopoly utility that has its hands permanently in our pockets.

Glacial Cover-Up Won't Stop Global Warming, But It Keeps Skiers Happy
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - George Jahn, Associated Press

It gets so cold up at this Alpine skiing station that the locals call it Eisgrat -- "Icy Spine." But Eisgrat's spine is melting. "It's not a good feeling," says Alois Ranalter, a maintenance worker who spends his summers focused on stopping the melt. "The glacier is our life."

Chemical Contamination in Arctic Linked to Bird Droppings
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A major source of chemical contamination in the Arctic turns out to be bird droppings. A study by a group of Canadian researchers found that the chemical pollution in areas frequented by seabirds can be many times higher than in nearby regions.

House, Senate Take up Widely Different Energy Bills Amid Attempts to Resolve Dispute
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A dispute over a gasoline additive could jeopardize hopes for an agreement as the Senate and House worked on Thursday to forge a compromise to deal with the nation's energy problems.

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