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Bruce Babbitt Calls for More Dams To Cope with Global Warming's Effects
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times

California should build more dams and reconsider building a highly controversial peripheral canal, a key architect of the state's decade-old Delta water plan said Thursday. Bruce Babbitt, who served as Interior Secretary during the Clinton administration, said the state has to worry not only about an aging infrastructure and a growing population, but also the fact that the state's water supplies will be sorely stretched by the effects of global warming.

Analysts See Katrina as `Perfect Storm' for Already High Energy Prices
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Justin Bachman, Associated Press

With crude oil prices already near record levels, Hurricane Katrina targeted the heart of America's oil and refinery operations Sunday, shutting down an estimated 1 million barrels of refining capacity and sharply curbing offshore production in the region.

Bush Administration Encourages Its Agencies To Find Partners for 'Cooperative Conservation'
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The White House is playing environmental matchmaker, encouraging odd couples such as the Nature Conservancy and the Pentagon as they team to save wild birds and military training ranges.

Florida Citrus Growers Face an Urban Future
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger

Florida's farmers and ranchers will have to find other sources of revenue from their land if they hope to survive in an increasingly urban state. Fortunately, the state's rapid urbanization also offers opportunities for other revenue sources in the form of "green payments" for conserving land in an environmentally friendly manner.

Law Requires Use of Biodiesel in Illinois State Vehicles
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Girresch, Belleville News-Democrat

A new Illinois law will require state and local governments, school districts, universities, community colleges and mass transit agencies to fuel their diesel vehicles with 2 percent biodiesel.

Mauritania's Poor Remain Convinced They'll Get No Share of Oil Wealth
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Nafi Diouf, Associated Press

This country hasn't even started exporting oil yet, and already some Mauritanians are demanding a share of the hoped-for profits.

USDA To Allow 'Organic' Label on Cosmetics
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Frank Green, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and other natural-cosmetics companies have won their fight against the government for the right to stamp the "USDA Organic" label on lip balms and body lotions.

Coca-Cola, Ford, 3M, 68 Other Facilities Commit to Environmental Improvements Beyond Current Regulatory Requirements
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - EPA

EPA announced 71 facilities from 29 states and Puerto Rico as new or renewing members in a program rewarding facilities that voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements.

SmartWood Program Certifies First U.S. National Park
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM -

The Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program has awarded the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of a national park to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller (MBR) National Historical Park, making it only the second U.S. federal land to receive such certification.

Deadly Tsunami Reached Around the Globe
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Last year's Sumatra tsunami focused its death and destruction on the lands around the Indian Ocean, but the great wave traveled around the world and was recorded as far away as Peru and northeastern Canada.

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