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New Study Shows Benefits of Sustainable Forestry Certification
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - GreenBiz.com

A new study has found that independent, third-party certification for environmentally and socially sustainable management of timberlands has led to vital, measurable improvements in the protection of forests, wildlife, and stakeholder rights worldwide as well as to the long-term economic viability of forestry operations.

Eco Lips' Business Booming, Naturally
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Dave Dewitte, The Gazette

A specialty manufacturer of organic lip balms in Cedar Rapids expects to hit the $1 million annual sales mark this year with the recent introduction of three new products. Eco Lips recently introduced three new organic lip balms to capitalize on its strength in the category.

Hydrogen-Fueled Car Has One Emission: Hot Water
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News

Thank goodness gas stations sell cold drinks and snacks. I drove a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle for five days last week, and suddenly I no longer had any use for gasoline. Fuel-cell vehicles, like the DaimlerChrysler F-Cell I drove, are being billed as the transportation of the future. After five days and 133 miles in an F-Cell, I can see the potential as well as the hurdles.

Department of Energy Mandates More Efficient Air Conditioners
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The Department of Energy has announced that it will enforce a 13 seasonal energy efficiency rating or “SEER” standard for residential central air conditioners.

Valence Technology Batteries Could Triple Hybrid Fuel Efficiency
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The US hybrid and electric vehicle battery market is expected to reach $4.5 billion in 2008 -- an increase of almost 65% from 2003.

Electric Utilities Improve Customer Satisfaction: J.D. Power and Associates
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Overall customer satisfaction improves among residential customers served by the nation's 78 largest electric utilities, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study released today.

Official Says Tire Plant Set Ablaze was Accident Waiting to Happen
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press

As a huge mound of tires burned for a second day at a southeastern Wisconsin recycling plant, health officials warned nearby residents Wednesday to stay indoors with windows closed to avoid billowing black smoke.

'Ghost Fleet' Could Be Scrapped in Mexico, Turkey
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The 55 hulks left in the James River "Ghost Fleet" could be destined for recycling yards in Turkey and Mexico under a deal being pursued by the federal government. The proposal, however, could encounter opposition from environmentalists who have fought the export of what they consider the hazards posed by the retired military vessels.

EU Commission to Press ahead on Environment
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Mason, Reuters

The European Union executive said on Wednesday it would press ahead with several environmental initiatives this year despite industry concern about high costs.

Bonnie Raitt to Receive Humanitarian Award from Record Merchandisers
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bonnie Raitt is being honored for her devotion to social, environmental and community issues by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. The singer-songwriter will receive the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award during the opening session of NARM's 47th annual convention Aug. 12 at the San Diego Marriott.

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