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Environmentalism Goes Upscale; Designers Create Earth-Friendly Items for Homes
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Akron Beacon Journal

Green can be gorgeous. Environmentalism in the home is hip these days, but it's a far cry from any neo-hippie notion of weaving your own linen upholstery fabric from flax you've raised organically.

Eskimos Try New Explosive in Whale Kill
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Roseanne Pagano, Associated Press

A new explosive has begun to replace 19th century black powder as Alaska Natives seek more humane weaponry in the traditional hunt for bowhead whales.

Japan Backs Climate Pacts, Struggles To Meet Targets
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

Foreign visitors to Japan last summer were surprised when their hosts, renowned for wearing suits no matter what, appeared at business meetings in short-sleeved shirts without jackets or ties.

U.N. Says Thousands of Contaminated Industrial and Military Sites in Iraq Need Clean Up
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Uta Harni Schfeger, Associated Press

Thousands of contaminated industrial and military sites left over from wars in Iraq must urgently be cleaned up to stop them from further harming people's health and the environment, a U.N. agency said Thursday.

Utah Asks Federal Appeals Court To Reject Nuclear Dump
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Foy, Associated Press

Utah asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to overturn the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval of a nuclear waste storage site in the state's western desert.

Greening the Home Mortgage Deduction -- A Guest Commentary
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven J. Moss, San Francisco Community Power

President Bush’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform recently called for dramatic reductions in mortgage interest and property tax deductions. This proposal will surely be greeted as one of the least popular ideas ever floated.

Hurricanes Take a Bite out of Louisiana's Coastal Restoration
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

People often think of Louisiana as an American Amazon -- hot, jungly swamps where alligators drowsily peer from sluggish bayous and critters slink across vine-covered grounds.

Global Warming Moved Plants Northward
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An increase in the planet's temperature 55 million years ago prompted major shifts in plant distribution, researchers reported Thursday.

ENN Weekly: November 7th - 11th
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN summarizes the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news November 7th - 11th: Water vapor and warming, Iraq's battered marshlands, EPA considers lead-remodeling regulations, and battery-powered bikes in Cambodia.

Greening the Home Mortgage Deduction
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven J. Moss, San Francisco Community Power

By Steven J. Moss President Bush’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform recently called for dramatic reductions in mortgage interest and property tax deductions. This proposal will surely be greeted as one of the least popular ideas ever floated, right up there with eliminating federally-guaranteed social security payments or raising gasoline taxes. That’s too bad, because this proposed reform is precisely what’s needed to cure a host of problems, including runaway housing prices, urban sprawl, and even global warming.

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