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Kenya's Maathai Upbeat on G8, Unhappy at Evictions
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Cawthorne, Reuters

Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai condemned the brutality used against thousands of peasants in Kenya's forest eviction programme but defended the policy as vital to save the east African nation's environment.

Study Says Ethanol Not Worth the Energy
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Johnson, Associated Press

Farmers, businesses and state officials are investing millions of dollars in ethanol and biofuel plants as renewable energy sources, but a new study says the alternative fuels burn more energy than they produce.

Court Rejects Effort by States to Force Bush Administration to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

States lost a bid Friday to force the Bush administration to regulate heat-trapping industrial gases that have been blamed for global warming. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the Environmental Protection Agency acted properly when it rejected a nonprofit group's petition.

Brazil Considers Moratorium on Amazon Logging
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The government could ban logging in Brazilian forests for up to a year to slow destruction of the Amazon rainforest, the country's environment minister said Friday. Marina Silva said the government was considering a ban of between six months and a year to preserve the world's largest remaining tropical wilderness.

The Road to Detroit
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - May Boeve and Jamie Henn

(By May Boeve and Jamie Henn) The whole thing began over a midnight snack of nachos at the small, dimly lit student café at Middlebury College in Vermont. After four months of sleepless nights and last minute conference calls, a dedicated group of students from around the country has partnered with the youth coalition Energy Action to pull together what is perhaps the most unique, exciting, youth campaign of the summer: the Road to Detroit.

Sockeye Yield May Signal Recovery
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News

Fishermen in Bristol Bay are catching scads of sockeye, notching the second consecutive strong season for the state's most important commercial salmon fishery.

DTE to Unveil Hydrogen Energy Park
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, Detroit Free Press

With an eye on future U.S. energy needs, DTE Energy Co. plans to unveil Michigan's first Hydrogen Technology Park on Saturday in Southfield, Michigan, where hydrogen fuel cells and the vehicles they power will be on display for the public.

Wisconsin High Court Allows Teen to Sue Many Lead Paint Pigment Makers for Injuries
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - JR Ross, Associated Press

A split Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Milwaukee boy can sue manufacturers of a lead paint pigment he claims left him mentally retarded -- even though he cannot prove which ones made the pigment that may have sickened him.

Pioneer's Fain Gas Plant Resumes Operations
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Pioneer Natural Resources Company today announced that repairs have been completed at its Fain Gas Plant and normal operations have resumed.

California Grid Operator Urging Conservation as Power Usage Soars Over the Weekend
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Sunday's peak demand of approximately 40,405 megawatts set a Sunday record for energy use in California and marked the first time that demand topped 40,000 megawatts for seven days in a row. That string of high demand days will continue on Monday, July 18 with a peak demand forecast of 45,988 Megawatts.

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