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Wildfire Claims 988 Acres of Malawi Forest
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A wildfire raging for over 10 days has claimed about 400 hectares (988 acres) of pristine Malawi forest, officials said Monday. Authorities have not established the cause of the blaze sweeping through the Zomba Plateau, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of the commercial capital, Blantyre.

Jellyfish Cause Shutdown of Swedish Nuclear Reactor
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Swedish nuclear power plant shut down one of its three reactors Monday because of an abnormal accumulation of jellyfish in the cooling system. The Oskarshamn plant in southeastern Sweden, which supplies about 10 percent of the country's electricity, uses water from the Baltic Sea in its cooling tanks.

Idaho Gives Lukewarm OK on Plutonium Plan
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Smith, Associated Press

The state of Idaho is supporting a U.S. Department of Energy proposal to start producing plutonium-238 for NASA and national security agencies at the federal nuclear research compound in eastern Idaho.

Illinois Attorney General Says EPA Goes Easy on Coal Plants
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

As Chicago gasps through another summer of dirty air, the state's top attorney is accusing environmental regulators of looking the other way while the region's coal-fired power plants repeatedly fill the air with soot.

On Beyond Organic Radio: Green Fuels -- Biodiesel
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

With gas and diesel prices costing more than $3 per gallon in some parts of California, commercial fleets are increasingly turning to Biodiesel as a cheaper, more environmentally-friendly alternative. Biodiesel is made from recycled French fry cooking oil, as well as being produced from soybeans, canola and other crops.

Malaysia To Introduce Prison Sentences for Illegal Logging
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The government will impose mandatory prison terms to punish people who illegally harvest wood from rain forests in Malaysia, one of the world's largest exporters of tropical timber, authorities said Tuesday.

Energy 2005 Expo: Sustainable Future, Big Biz or Both? -- A Guest Commentary
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Karen LaMantia

Energy 2005 Expo, August 14-17 was sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Efficiency and Renewable Energy division, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and was designed to help US government agencies save tax dollars and, yes, our planet by using energy wisely and converting to renewable energy programs.

Seventy Thousand Homes? Not So Fast, Say Activist Groups
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Kevin Spear, The Orlando Sentinel

Central Florida's real-estate boom is delivering plans for mega-developments at a pace not seen in nearly two decades. As many as 70,000 new homes have been proposed this year alone within 15 projects stretching from north Volusia to south Lake County. They could take a few years or a few decades to rise from what is now mostly vacant land.

Fields in Tsunami-Damaged Aceh Could Take Up To Five Years To Recover
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Farmers have started replanting some fallow fields in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated Aceh province, but it will take up to five years to rehabilitate the hardest-hit areas, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday.

Georgia To Allow Underwater Logging, Despite Environmental Concerns
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

Along with regular lumber, Ryan Lee's sawmill supplies wood from sunken cypress and pine logs, which fell into rivers while being rafted to ports and sawmills during the heyday of Southern logging in the 1800s and early 1900s.

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