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Solar Empowered
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Melanie Cleveland, The Tribune

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a program last August to establish a self-sufficient solar industry in 10 years by encouraging installation of solar panel systems in 1 million homes. The program -- currently at the top of the docket for California legislators -- could reduce carbon emissions equivalent to 850,000 cars each year, according to the Department of Energy

Scientists Track Alien Seaweed in Hawaii
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jaymes Song

An alien seaweed introduced here 31 years ago has spread rapidly throughout Hawaii and has even reached the remote, unspoiled Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which has scientists worried.

Study Reveals Most Wild Chimps Are Southpaws
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

When it comes to fishing tasty termites out of their mounds, wild chimpanzees don't have the right stuff. Most, in fact, are southpaws. A three-year study of 17 wild chimps in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, found that 12 of them used their left hands when using sticks to probe for termites.

Asarco's Bankruptcy Leaves Environmentalists Wondering about Cleanups
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Stauffer, The Arizona Daily Star

Tucson-based Asarco LLC's recent filing for bankruptcy protection has environmentalists ruing a 2-year-old court settlement that created what now appears to be a paltry environmental trust fund.

Advocates Hope Credit Moves Solar Power Beyond Niche
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Louis Hau, St. Petersburg Times

The U.S. solar power industry is about to enjoy a moment in the sun. A new federal tax credit for household purchases of solar power equipment -- the first such credit for residential customers in two decades -- will take effect Jan. 1.

JMAR Receives Purchase Orders for Three Advanced Sensor Systems for PCB Monitoring
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

JMAR Technologies, Inc., has received purchase orders for three READ units from FemtoTrace, Inc. In partnership with FemtoTrace, JMAR is engineering and manufacturing three advanced chemical detection units based on FemtoTrace's READ (Reversal Electron Attachment Detection) technology.

Three Million Gallons of Liquid Manure Spill into Upstate New York River after Leak at Farm
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Three million gallons of liquid manure spilled from a dairy farm and into a nearby river, creating a smelly flow that was blamed for the deaths of thousands of fish.

Malaysia Lifts Emergency as Haze Abates
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Jalil Hamid, Reuters

Malaysia lifted a state of emergency in two areas near the capital on Saturday after air pollution levels fell well below the danger mark, easing the country's worst pollution crisis in eight years.

Judge Reluctant To Create Judicial Oversight of Global Warming
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

A federal judge expressed reluctance about beginning judicial oversight of pollution issues that affect global warming as she heard arguments Friday in a complaint brought by eight states against some of the nation's largest power companies.

Municipal Companies Say Their Water is Just as Good as the Bottled Brands, and Cheaper Too
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Hartzell, Associated Press

With the public's insatiable thirst for bottled water, municipal water utilities are tapping into the market to fight competition from profit-making companies. The utilities' message to consumers: Our product is as good as what's found on store shelves -- and less expensive.

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