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ENN Weekly: July 11th - 15th
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news July 11th - 15th: Saving glaciers, turning waste to wealth, the state of ocean health, sustainable community planning, and much more.

Centralized Planning
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven J. Moss, San Francisco Community Power

(By Steven J. Moss) We pretend otherwise, but California’s energy sector is planned as centrally as any old line communist state. Every aspect of our complicated electricity system has to be approved by a state bureaucrat, usually at the request of a monopoly utility that has its hands permanently in our pockets. And virtually every fuel source, from solar to nuclear, is heavily subsidized. The results are decidedly mixed.

High-Tech Cell Phones Help Africans Trade Crops
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Harrison, Reuters

Daniel Mashva heaves his sack of cabbages and sweet potatoes into a rickety shared taxi and travels nine hours under the scorching sun to the market in Johannesburg. By the time he arrives, half his tiny harvest is rotten and the 48-year-old father of five returns to his impoverished village just a few pennies richer.

Coeur d'Alene Mines Begins Work on Alaska Gold Mine
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review

Randy Wanamaker's grandfather took part in southeast Alaska's historic gold rush, so perhaps it's no surprise that Wanamaker -- a geologist and an Alaska Native -- is an advocate for the Kensington Mine. But the project remains controversial with Juneau environmentalists.

Washington Man's Wind Generator is Silenced
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Evan Caldwell, Tri-City Herald

When Gerry Greenfield received an old surplus wind generator and steel tower from a friend in Tehachapi, Calif., his only cost was the drive. For the past two years, the windmill has been producing a small amount of electricity. Greenfield, 58, who lives on a fixed-income and relies on Social Security, said it saves him about $33 per month on his utility bill.

Soil, Water Protection Helps Eritrea Farmers
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Harris, Reuters

Redaegzy Gebremedhin, 64, an experienced farmer and entrepreneur in the Red Sea state of Eritrea, remembers fondly the days when he exported fruit and vegetables to Europe and meat to Saudi Arabia. But that was more than 30 years ago.

California Officials Worry About Asian Beetle
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

State and federal agriculture officials on Wednesday warned that destructive Asian beetles have been found near a Sacramento warehouse and dispatched federal firefighters to climb nearby trees to search for traces of the insects.

Officials Say Chinese Air Pollution Fight Faces Trouble with Driving Public
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China is trying to stave off rising pollution from cars by enacting a law requiring low-sulfur fuels, but faces opposition from the driving public, environmental officials said Thursday.

Animal Rights Group Sues Over Sea Lions
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

An animal rights group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the federal government of violating several environmental protection acts by allowing the use of certain research techniques on threatened and endangered Steller sea lions.

Scientists Raise Alarm About Ocean Health
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

With a record number of dead seabirds washing up on West Coast beaches from Central California to British Columbia, marine biologists are raising the alarm about rising ocean temperatures and dwindling plankton populations

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