Newmont Executive Confident about Winning Pollution Trial in Indonesia
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
An American who heads the Indonesian branch of the world's largest gold producer goes on trial Friday, insisting he and his company will be cleared of charges that they polluted a bay and sickened villagers.
Weather Service Predicts Many More Hurricanes This Year
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Note to the millions of people living near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts: Be prepared to batten down the hatches, it'll be a rougher than normal season for tropical storms. Hurricane forecaster Gerry Bell said a combination of warmer waters, low wind shear and low pressure, as well as the jet stream, favor storm formation.
EPA Says Illegal Sodium Cyanide Sales Centered in North Dakota
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press
Illegal sales of sodium cyanide to beekeepers across the country -- uncovered when three barrels of the deadly chemical tumbled off a truck -- have been traced to a single distributor in North Dakota, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
Forest Fires in Indonesia Blanket Malaysian Cities with Unhealthy Haze
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Forest fires in Indonesia's Sumatra province covered Malaysia's main city Kuala Lumpur and 32 other towns Tuesday with a smoky haze that reduced visibility to as low as one kilometer (half a mile). The Department of Environment said air quality in an area in central Perak state was "unhealthy," and it downgraded air quality in 32 other areas nationwide, including Kuala Lumpur, from "good" to "moderate."
Green For Good Launches Website Featuring Nearly 1400 Green, Organic and Eco-Friendly Products
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
Addressing the growing popularity of ecologically friendly products in the marketplace, Green for Good, LLC has launched a new website, www.greenforgood.com.
Suit Fights Ethanol Mandate
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee
California's attorney general sued the U.S. government Monday to wipe out the federal rule requiring the use of ethanol in California gas tanks. But new federal energy legislation awaiting President Bush's signature could soften the ethanol requirement and possibly render the lawsuit meaningless, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer acknowledged.
EarthNews Radio: Cotton
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN
Is it possible to grow cotton in a clean and sustainable way, without the chemicals normally used in its production? Listen to EarthNews Radio, with host Jerry Kay, to find out.
Flood Traps Hundreds of Migratory Birds in Indian Sanctuary
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - S. Srinivasan, Associated Press
Hundreds of migratory birds have been trapped with their fledgling offspring in southern India after monsoon floodwaters inundated their sanctuary, an official said Tuesday. On Monday, heavy monsoon rains drove the water level in the nearby Cauvery river to 15 feet (4.5 meters) above normal, partially submerging a dam and flooding the sanctuary.
Federal Judge Blocks Easing of Logging Rules in the Northwest
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Gene Johnson, Associated Press
A federal judge struck down a move by the Bush administration to ease logging restrictions in the Northwest, saying the government failed to consider the effect on rare plants and animals.
Alaska Food Safe Decades after Nuclear Blasts, Study Finds
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Three decades after officials detonated nuclear bombs under a remote Aleutian Island, a scientific panel has determined that fish and other wild foods in the area are safe to eat, according to a report issued Tuesday.