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The Growing Plastic Wasteberg
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD

(By Robert Ovetz, PhD) While I admire Mike Johnston’s efforts to find a short-term ways to slow the accelerated growth of the plastic wasteberg that threatens our planet ("A Reader Responds to America's Other Trade Deficit," May 19th, 2005), his reply to my commentary “America’s Other Trade Deficit” unfortunately resorts to name-calling and false claims that I am “short on hard science” in an effort to perpetuate the same myths about plastics that have confused and misinformed an entire generation.

N.H. Firm Carves Niche Selling Pasteurized Chicken Manure as Organic Fertilizer
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - David Brooks, The Telegraph

A good business plan can capitalize on anything -- even pasteurized chicken manure. "Within five years, there's going to be a billion-dollar-plus company in the organic and natural lawn-and-garden market," predicts John Packard, founder and CEO of Portsmouth-based Pure Barnyard.

Dim the Lights and Turn Up the Thermostat
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Kevin G. DeMarrais, The Record

Its all-star lineup of backers admits that Kill-A-Watt is a gimmick, but that doesn't lessen their support for a plan to encourage energy conservation. The initiative, developed by a Paramus, N.J.-based energy services company, calls for New Jersey residents to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Old Tires Help Produce Cement
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Tracy Harmon, The Pueblo Chieftain

Old tires -- lots and lots of old tires -- will help cement-giant Holcim cut its reliance on coal by 10 percent this year. In 2005, the company will roll through 25,000 tons of tires -- 2.5 million tires -- to achieve the goal, managers say. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows Holcim to burn up to 55,000 tons of tires per year.

Senate Panel Rebuffs House Call for Interim Nuclear Waste Storage
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Senators struck a blow for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump Tuesday as a spending panel rebuffed a House effort to establish temporary storage sites as a backup.

Loggers, Environmentalists Square Off Over Landmark Australian $6.36 Million Lawsuit
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Taking up a tactic long used by Australian environmentalists, the country's largest timber company has gone to court to try to block prominent environmental campaigners from carrying out what it claims are violent protests and to demand millions of dollars in damages from anti-logging demonstrations.

Senate Proposes Broader Energy Tax Package than Passed by House
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Senate tax writers proposed $16 billion in energy tax breaks Tuesday as the Senate began debate on a massive bill that some Democratic lawmakers argued would do too little to wean the country off its heavy reliance on foreign oil.

Thirty Percent of Ireland's Rivers Polluted with Sewage or Fertilizer, Study Finds
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Three out of every 10 Irish rivers are polluted, chiefly from sewage or agricultural fertilizer, the government's Environmental Protection Agency has found.

Four Rare Giant Catfish Released into Cambodian River after Years in Captivity
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

World Wildlife Fund conservationists on Wednesday released into the Mekong River four endangered giant catfish that had been kept in captivity for seven years.

EarthNews Radio: People's Grocery
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

For many people in urban communities, getting fresh food and produce means traveling outside the area. However, one organization is working to bring healthy, affordable food to urban neighborhoods that are not served by a large supermarket.

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