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ENN Weekly: December 19th - 23rd
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN summarizes the week's most compelling environmental news stories. This week: Drilling in Alaska, tainted tap water, protecting butterflies, studying coral reefs, and more.

Toxic Slick Heads for South China Cities
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China's southern Guangdong province scrambled to protect its water supplies on Thursday as a toxic waste spill from a zinc smelter flowed along a major river towards several sprawling cities.

Canada Looks Set To Require Ethanol in Gasoline
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada looks set to require that biofuels be included in all gasoline and diesel fuel sold in the country following nearly identical election campaign promises made by the two leading political parties.

Study is First on Menopause in Gorillas
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press

Jenny, Shamba, Timbo, Beta and Elaine are zoo gorillas, but they have something in common with millions of women: They have undergone menopause.

Better Turkeys: Buy Local -- A Guest Commentary
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce H. Newman, The Green Guide

This holiday season you may be better off buying your turkey from a local turkey farm or other local supplier rather than buying an organic turkey from a large far-off supplier.

Panama Jungle Power Plan Worries Environmentalists
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Power, Reuters

A plan by Panama and Colombia to link power grids through a remote jungle is worrying environmentalists and indigenous groups, who fear it would benefit rebels, loggers and a flesh-eating parasite.

China Seen as Main Market for Illegal Africa Ivory
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Africa's elephant herds are being targeted by poachers feeding a booming market for ivory in emerging colossus China, wildlife groups say.

EU Commission Proposes Stricter Emissions Standards for Cars
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission approved a bill Wednesday to impose stricter emission standards on vehicles and seek to close a loophole that allows gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles to escape the EU pollution limits.

Democrats Block Alaska Drilling in U.S. Defense Bill
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett and Julie Vorman, Reuters

Senate Democrats succeeded Wednesday in blocking, for now, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Republicans sought to add to a massive massive $453 billion war-time military spending bill.

Better Turkeys: Buy Local
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce H. Newman, The Green Guide

This holiday season you may be better off buying your turkey from a local turkey farm or other local supplier rather than buying an organic turkey from a large far-off supplier. The reason: large organic farms can operate in many ways like large industrial or factory farms that are designed to produce uniform quantities or turkeys that can be shipped over long distances.

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