Turning Rotten Garbage into Gold
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven Oberbeck, The Salt Lake Tribune
If it is buried long enough, even garbage can start smelling like money. With that in mind, the Trans-Jordan Landfill in West Jordan is tapping into a treasure trove of natural gas produced by the slowly decaying layers of buried baby diapers, discarded spaghetti noodles, soggy grass clippings and used coffee grinds.
Kangaroo Leather Sales Bill Advances in California
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
California lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would lift the state's blanket ban on the sale of products made from kangaroo leather.
Wind Energy Industry Sets Sails for Good Year during 2005
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Eerin Waldner, The Bakersfield Californian
2005 is shaping up to be a good year for the American wind energy industry, a trade organization said Tuesday. The American Wind Energy Association in Washington, D.C., said it expects the industry to install 2,500 megawatts of new capacity this year. That's enough energy to serve about 700,000 homes.
Office Depot Garners Outstanding Recycling Retailer Award
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN
Office products company Office Depot announced that it has been named the winner of the Outstanding Retailer Award, part of the inaugural "America's Marketplace Recycles!" awards program jointly sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Greenpeace Plans Arctic Trek to Highlight Warming
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Two Minnesota men said Tuesday they will attempt the first summertime crossing of the Arctic Ocean, a trek sponsored by the environmental group Greenpeace to show how global warming is melting the northern ice cap.
Bush Lays Out Energy Plan As Prices Soar
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
President Bush, facing economic and political damage from soaring gas prices, offered proposals Wednesday to speed construction of nuclear power plants and oil refineries and boost sales of energy-efficient vehicles.
Taiwan Gets Tough on Trash as Space Runs Out
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Dobson, Reuters
Sifting through garbage isn't something most people are very keen on but, in Taiwan, dodging the dirty duty could result in a fine of almost US$200. Every night, Chang watches her neighbors haul bags of trash past her laundry store to a street corner, where they wait for the wafting melody of Beethoven's Fuer Elise blared from loudspeakers to herald the arrival of the garbage truck.
Many Old Computers Put to Use Again, Study Finds
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Karl Schoenberger, San Jose Mercury News
More than half the old personal computers replaced by consumers last year were put to productive use instead of being dumped or stored away, according to a nationwide survey by MetaFacts, a San Diego research firm.
Exploding Toads in a Hamburg Pond Baffle Scientists
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
More than 1,000 toads have puffed up and exploded in a Hamburg pond in recent weeks, and German scientists still have no explanation for what's causing the combustion, an official said Wednesday.
U.S. Government Agrees to Consider Federal Protection for Two Rare Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press
The U.S. government agreed to rule on whether two plants species found only in the U.S. Virgin Islands should be placed under federal protection, settling a lawsuit Tuesday with an environmental group.