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September 4th - 8th
September 8, 2006 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news September 4th - 8th: A fond farewell to "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, a new oil pool found, "green" power for colleges, contamination-cleaning microbes, and much more.

China Says Energy Needs Won't Cause Conflict
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - David Schlesinger and Eric Hall, Reuters

China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, hopes dialogue and conciliatory policies will blunt tensions caused by its growing energy needs, a Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday.

New Underground Trigger for Volcano Eruption Found
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Scientists have found a new underground trigger for volcanic eruptions which, combined with other monitoring methods, could help predict when one will happen, a British science conference heard on Wednesday.

Tsunami Spurs Interest in Asian Coasts
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

"The tsunami brought an understanding that the ecosystem is a lot more fragile than people thought," said Austin Arensberg, a World Conservation Union official who is part of a team working on a $240,000 Spanish-funded project to restore mangrove forests in Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Ivory Coast Government Quits over Dumped Toxic Waste
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Ange Aboa and Peter Murphy, Reuters

Ivory Coast's government resigned on Wednesday after toxic waste dumped around the main city Abidjan killed three people, made 1,500 ill and triggered street protests.

Swans Fitted with Transmitters in Bird Flu Fight
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Outfitting swans with super-light Teflon backpacks containing solar-powered GPS satellite transmitters is the latest way scientists and researchers are trying to fight the spread of avian influenza.

House Approves Bill Giving States Power to Regulate International Trash
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

States would be able to regulate trash from Canada and other nations under a bill approved by the House after Michigan lawmakers complained about foreign waste in their landfills.

More 'Intersex Fish' Found in Potomac
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Barakat, Associated Press

Some species of male fish in the Potomac River and its tributaries are developing female sexual traits at a frequency higher than scientists have seen before, raising concerns about pollutants in a waterway that provides drinking water for millions of people.

U.S. Colleges to Buy Green Power in MTV Competition
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Students at several colleges have already pushed through fees of about $30 per student that allow schools to buy power from clean energy sources such as solar and wind farms.

Study Says Methane a New Climate Threat
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Global warming gases trapped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thought and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate time bomb.

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