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Once the Driver of the State's Economy, Mississippi Coast Now a Big Stretch of Rubble
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press

From the coin-spitting slot machines to the stately Southern beach cottages, Mississippi's coastline has long been the economic engine for the entire state. But every industry along the coast has been devastated by Hurricane Katrina in a way that will take years, if not decades, to recover.

September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce H. Newman, The Green Guide

(By Joyce H. Newman) New York has just become the first state to require that all schools use safer, non-toxic cleaning products. Passage of New York’s pioneering legislation -- similar to laws in Washington State that require all school and public buildings to “go green” -- was driven by mounting concerns that many school buildings and grounds are actually quite unhealthy environments. In the recent past, more than 50% of all public schools in the U.S. were cited for poor indoor air quality, and things are getting worse, according to government reports.

Conservation Agriculture Comes to a Close
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Mikkel Pates, Agweek Magazine

An experimental program designed to demonstrate and document the economic, environmental and social benefits of "holistic" farming practices is a good first step, say its leaders.

A New Market for Grocery Store Bags
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal

Starting Friday, Rhode Islanders who take the trouble to return used plastic shopping bags to their local grocery stores can rest assured they are making a solid contribution to the environment. Very solid.

Department of Energy Selects SRI International to Develop Low-Cost Hydrogen Generation System
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an SRI-led team a four-year, $2.2 million contract to develop a prototype of a modular industrial system that uses steam electrolysis for low-cost generation of hydrogen.

American Humane Association's Animal Rescue Rig Deploys Today
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The American Humane Association announced this morning that it will deploy its Animal Emergency Services rescue rig to join its fleet of vehicles and volunteer responders already staged in Mississippi, ready to respond to the needs of Hurricane Katrina's animal victims.

EarthNews Radio: Checkout Bag Fee Proposal
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

In our EarthNews Radio feature Tuesday, we asked if paper or plastic was preferable as a choice for use in making pallets, and the answer was surprising. Today we ask the same question in the context you're used to hearing it: at the supermarket.

Scientist Scours Global Waters in Bid To Save Earth's Largest Freshwater Fishes
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

Floating down the Mekong in his dinghy, Zeb Hogan is on the ultimate fisherman's quest: to find the world's largest freshwater fishes. Right now Hogan is on the Mekong that flows through the Indochinese peninsula, looking for a stingray said to weigh over 1,300 pounds (600 kilograms) -- as much as a full-grown longhorn steer.

Automakers Steer Fuel-Cell Cars to California Roads
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson, Reuters

Automakers outlined plans Tuesday to introduce hydrogen-powered cars in California but said they had a long road ahead, despite strong support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who dreams of a "hydrogen highway".

Chinese Fish Farms, Deemed Safe Suppliers to Hong Kong, are Dried-Out or Don't Exist
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Several mainland Chinese fish farms selected by authorities to provide Hong Kong with safe freshwater fish either don't exist or are dried pools slated for urban development, local media reported Wednesday.

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