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Grad Student Believes Wood May Replace Oil
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of Idaho graduate student believes the answer to the world's crude oil crisis grows on trees. Juan Andres Soria says he has developed a process that turns wood into bio-oil, a substance similar to crude oil.

Virginia Officials Educate Immigrant Communities about U.S. Environmental Laws
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Dionne Walker, Associated Press

One year after a bear parts sting landed dozens of Asians in jail, Virginia officials are pursuing more effective ways to educate the state's diverse communities about environmental laws that often clash with cultural traditions.

If We Could Have Written the Energy Bill... More Input from ENN's Readers
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Your responses keep rolling in to the question ENN's publisher, Jerry Kay, posed on Tuesday: If you could have written the energy bill, what would you have included? Here's the most recent round of insightful ideas. We'll be collecting as much input as we can over the next few days, so please send in your thoughts!

Innovative Environment-Friendly Products: Soda Club
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

ENN features many stories about companies that are making innovative products or offering creative services that will improve our health and our environment. ENN Expo was created specifically to showcase those innovations.

'The Columbia” A River That Died and Was Reborn as Money'
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Buck Parker, Earthjustice

(By Buck Parker) “The Columbia” a river that died and was reborn as money.” Historian Donald Worster’s bleak yet apt observation captures the transformation of the Columbia and Snake River system into an economic engine whose purpose is to provide commodities—water, transportation, flood control and hydroelectricity. As the Columbia was plugged, bifurcated, diverted and polluted in the name of one commodity or another, no one thought much about the health of the ecosystem that was being exploited. Although transformation of the river took only 75 years, it has brought the Columbia ecosystem to the brink of death-without-rebirth unless things change.

Environmental Group Accuses California Farms of 'Double Dipping' Subsidies
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Wasserman, The Sacramento Bee

A national environmental group critical of farm subsidies reported Tuesday that more than 1,200 Central Valley farms received federally subsidized water to grow subsidized crops in 2002.

Energy Education Needed to Avert Conflict in the Rocky Mountains
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Jessica Lowell, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

The largest growth area for natural-gas development in the United States continues to be the Rocky Mountains. Some of the fastest-growing states in the nation also are in the Rocky Mountains. That's destined to set up some conflicts between those whose business it is to develop natural gas and those who prefer it not happen in sight of their homes.

DEP Urged to Protect Pennsylvania's Environment from Toxic Mercury
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture), joined by representatives from health care, sporting, women's rights, faith-based, children's advocacy and conservation organizations, today called for Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to put the health of citizens above politics and continue working on new regulations to reduce toxic mercury from the state's coal-fired power plants.

EPA Recognizes Starbucks as Among Largest Green Power Purchasers in the US
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Starbucks Coffee Company recently joined the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, taking the #22 spot on the Partnership’s Top 25 List of largest green power purchases in the United States.

EarthNews Radio: Student Energy Campaign
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The "Road to Detroit Campaign" is happening this summer, and will end in Detroit where students will call for more fuel efficient cars, and a broader dialogue about energy policy in general. Jerry Kay spoke to Jamie Henn, an organizer of the Road to Detroit Campaign.

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