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Environment-Friendly Roadside Flares
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

In an emergency, the immediate situation and safety are the primary concern of those involved. Environmental concerns are secondary. But one product commonly used by law enforcement, and by truckers and motorists in emergencies -- flares -- are not the most environmentally friendly of devices.

Privatization is the Real Tragedy of the Commons
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD

(By Robert Ovetz, PhD) Barely a day goes by when I read a reference to the “tragedy of the commons” as an explanation for one of our many environmental crises. The surprise is that it is often coming from fellow environmentalists. Surprising? The tragedy of the commons is a concept developed by theorist Garrett Hardin to explain the damage being caused to our shared natural resources of water, plants and animals, land, air and the ocean.

Consulting Firm Touts Financial Benefits of Being Environmentally Conscious
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Evatt, Tulsa World

For years, the conventional wisdom has been that one "green" comes at the expense of the other. In other words, environmentalists believe that corporations often make their profits while trashing the planet, and businesses feel that being ecologically friendly is cost-prohibitive.

Hybrid Cabs Get a Look from New York City
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Lemire, Daily News

Yellow cabs are going green -- and the new air-friendly models could be on the road this fall. The city Taxi and Limousine Commission gave its tentative approval yesterday to six makes of hybrid cars -- which run on a combination of electricity and gasoline -- to join its cab fleet after hearings in September.

TST, Inc. Purchases Fuel Cells to Reduce Pollution While Managing Energy Costs and Reliability
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

FuelCell Energy, Inc., a developer of clean electric power plants, and its partner Alliance Power Inc., a consultant in citing economical and environmentally friendly distributed generation facilities, today announced the signing of a contract to provide 500-kilowatts (kW) of green electricity to a secondary aluminum smelter in southern California that will meet or exceed the region's tough air pollution standards.

Dry-Cleaning Chemical Spurs Worries about Wells
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Murphy, Houston Chronicle

Dry cleaners knew nothing about the risks of perchloroethylene, known as perc, when it came into common use in the 1950s. In those days, chemical manufacturers even suggested that old perc or perc waste products could be tossed on dirt piles behind shops, said Mike Frew, a project manager in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's voluntary dry cleaner cleanup program.

More Rare Hummingbirds Spotted in Texas
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

The recent sighting of a rare hummingbird has bird biologists in Texas almost giddy. A white-eared hummingbird spotted in Lubbock earlier this month was the first to be seen in the South Plains and Panhandle regions, according to the Llano Estacado Audubon Society.

Rare Island Birds Threatened by 'Super Mice'
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

"Monster mice" are eating metre-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony.

Environmental Report Names Top Power Plant Polluters in Northeast
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard C. Lewis, Associated Press

Ten power plants in the Northeast last year produced a third of the region's carbon dioxide emissions, considered a major contributor to global warming, according to a report released Tuesday by a coalition of environmental groups.

Livestock Not Immune from Heat Stress in Midwest
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press

Farmers across the Midwest are using everything from electric fans to cold showers to keep their livestock from wilting in the oppressive heat, which is blamed for killing at least 1,200 head of cattle in Nebraska.

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