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It’s Time for a New Vision
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James Quigley, Center for Sustainable Energy

(By James Quigley) The calamity in the Gulf Coast will have staggering implications in the US economy for months and possibly years to come. Hundred of thousands are homeless and more than a million people have lost their jobs. Gasoline at the pump is now well past $3 per gallon across the country and those prices are not likely to subside appreciably in the foreseeable future if at all. Some climate experts are warning that Hurricane Katrina is a prelude to more aberrant climate disruptions ahead. Anarchy has overtaken the streets of New Orleans and all our President can offer are inadequate platitudes about how “this will make America stronger.” Where is the vision? Why is there such a vacuum of leadership?

Captain Launches TV Show To Spotlight Fragile Florida Ecosystems
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Sanchez, The Bradenton Herald, Fla.

Yeah right. That's what Kim Ibasfalean would have said 14 years ago if someone had told her she'd one day star in a movie. Kim and a group of her protegees kicked off a television program in August aired weekly on Manatee County's fledgling cable station, Suncoast Network 96. Her evolution into filmmaking came largely from a desire to communicate her intimate knowledge of changes to the fragile waterways around Cortez.

Katrina Maims Lobster-Trapping Industry in Florida
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Babson, The Miami Herald

It wasn't even crustaceans Charlie Renier was trolling for when he took his 60-foot boat, the Cheyenne Rose, out last week off the Lower Keys. Renier, a fisherman, wasn't looking for lobsters. He was scouring miles of water for the wooden traps that are the tools of his trade.

Katrina Spawns Interest in Alternative Forms of Energy
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - John M. Moran and Ritu Kalra, The Hartford Courant

Rising oil prices are boosting interest in alternative energy, but industry experts say it will still be years before such alternatives play a major role in the nation's energy future. Fuel cells, solar power, wind power and other alternatives generally remain more costly than oil, gasoline and natural gas despite the recent increases in the price of crude oil and other fuels.

GreenShift Introduces Mean Green BioFuels
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

GreenShift Corporation today announced the formation of Mean Green BioFuels Corporation, a development-stage company that has acquired the rights to a new patent-pending technology for the cost-effective conversion of corn oil into biodiesel fuels.

2006 FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament to be Climate Neutral
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM -

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee has partnered with the United Nations Environment Program to work toward a more eco-friendly, climate-neutral tournament.

India Offers Reward To Track Down Tiger Poachers
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

India is offering money to poor forest villagers to help catch poachers in a bid to save its endangered tiger population. Poachers and smugglers are known to pay villagers to use their skill in tracking and killing tigers and elephants.

Road Salt Blamed for Rising Salinity in Northeast Streams
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The amount of salt dissolved in streams in the Northeast is rising and chemicals used to clear snow and ice from the roads are being blamed. "We're basically hardening the watersheds and feeding them a high-salt diet," said Sujay Kaushal of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Frostburg, Md.

Spawning Turtles Return to Mexico Despite Threat
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than 100,000 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles have lumbered onto a Mexican beach in recent days to lay some 10 million eggs, just weeks after poachers massacred spawning turtles on the same stretch of sand.

Protecting China’s National Treasure
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Claire Doole, WWF International

It is hard to take your eyes off China’s national icon as it happily munches on a bamboo shoot, apparently oblivious to the shrieks of delight from a party of schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this is not that rare moment of spotting an endangered species in the wild, but one shared with the 600 or so visitors who come each day to the panda breeding centre in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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