ENN Weekly: August 15th - 19th
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN
ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy stories of the week. In the news August 15th - 19th: E-waste contamination in Asia, John Roberts and the environment, southpaw chimps, and home on the range...for lions?
Global Chemical Contamination Threatens Child Development
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Vicki Wolf
(By Vicki Wolf) As if cancer, an epidemic of childhood asthma and heart disease weren't enough reasons to take precautionary action regarding pollution of the air water and soil, global chemical contamination now threatens the talent and intelligence of future generations. Concern is growing worldwide over the long-term health effects of chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Exposure to POPs is shifting the IQ of the population downward — more developmentally-challenged people and fewer gifted people, according to Lynn Goldman, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University pediatrician and epidemiologist.
Two Dallas Hyatts Purchase 100 Percent Renewable Electricity
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
Green Mountain Energy Company is providing a cleaner, 100 percent renewable electricity product for two Hyatt hotel properties in Dallas -- Hyatt(R) Regency Dallas at Reunion and Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport.
Auto Club: Summer Surge Sends Gas Prices to New Record Highs
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
Gasoline prices set new records every day this week as a surge in summertime demand continued sending pump prices higher, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch.
Fuji Heavy Unveils Electric Car that Uses Lithium-Ion Battery
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. unveiled an electric minicar concept model on Thursday that uses high-performance lithium-ion batteries the automaker says will help it compete against others in developing environment-friendly vehicles.
CRRA Projects Profits from New Recycling Center
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Oshrat Carmiel, The Hartford Courant
The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, the state agency that collects, burns and disposes of trash for 70 towns, is about to make a breakthrough in recycling. Officials Wednesday announced plans for a new $6 million recycling center, a state-of-the-art facility that can handle a far broader mix of items.
Japan Quake Causes Radioactive Water Spill from Spent Fuel Storage Pools; No Leakage Outside
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Water containing small amounts of radiation spilled out of spent fuel storage pools at two nuclear power plants in northern Japan when a powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook the region, the plants' operator said Wednesday.
Uruguay's President Says Pulp Mills Will Be Built Near Argentine Border
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Mayra Pertossi, Associated Press
Uruguay's visiting president said Wednesday he would not block construction of two wood chip processing factories near the Argentine border, despite environmental concerns.
Dinosaur-Era Tree Set for First Auction Sale
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Saplings of a giant tree that was a snack for dinosaurs and was believed to also be extinct until a chance discovery in Australia will be offered for sale to the public next month for the first time.
Commission Votes to Cap Annual Catch of Menhaden Fish in Chesapeake
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Barakat, Associated Press
Concerned about potential overharvesting, a regional commission has voted to limit the catch of a small but ecologically important fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Wednesday's vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission would curtail the annual menhaden catch in the bay to 106,000 metric tons for five years beginning in 2006.