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Indonesian Court Rules Mining Companies Can Operate in Protected Forests
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Thirteen mining companies will be able to operate in protected forests in Indonesia after the country's highest court Thursday rejected a petition by environmental groups claiming the practice was illegal.

Oil Industry Leaders Discuss Arctic Challenges at Meeting in Northern Norway
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Oil industry leaders met in Norway's far north Thursday to discuss the prospects and challenges of oil drilling in one of the world's last petroleum frontiers: the Arctic.

PET Peeve -- A Guest Commentary
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Coors, The Future 500

Oil won’t last forever — for that we are lucky. Petroleum dependence is a risky, unreliable crutch that drives global insecurity, depletion, and pollution.

Anger and Fear over Asbestos Contamination in Wealthy Sacramento Suburb
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Brian Melley, Associated Press

A huge cloud of construction dust blowing across the field where his son played Little League signaled to Lance McMahan it was time to get out of this fast-growing suburb above Sacramento.

G-8 Countries Trying to Reach Compromises on Africa and Global Warming
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press

World leaders faced pressure from the United States to scale back goals for relieving African poverty and combatting disease on the world's poorest continent. But British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday he planned to keep campaigning for his ambitious objectives with other world leaders.

Donor Countries Agree to Finance a Feasibility Study to Save the Shrinking Dead Sea
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Donor countries have agreed to finance a feasibility study for a proposal to save the shrinking Dead Sea by feeding it with water through a canal from the Red Sea, the World Bank informed the sea's neighbors Thursday, according to a Jordanian official.

Government Takes Largest Suit over Power Plant Changes to Court
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Ryan, Associated Press

The nation's biggest power generator broke clean air rules by failing to cut emissions at plants in four states that foul the air in the Northeast and harm health, a federal lawyer argued Wednesday.

PET Peeve
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Coors, The Future 500

(By Bill Coors) Oil won’t last forever — for that we are lucky. Petroleum dependence is a risky, unreliable crutch that drives global insecurity, depletion, and pollution. If America’s future depended on it, our nation would have a life expectancy of 20, 30, or 40 years. Fortunately, our success doesn’t come from fossil fuels. It comes from innovation, and there is plenty of that left. The technologies to free us from petroleum are at hand. Many are affordable today.

U.N. Environment Chief Tells G8 It Pays to Protect Forests, Coastlines
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

The U.N. environment chief has a message for leaders of the world's major industrialized nations: scientists have shown that it pays to preserve forests, coastal waters and marshes. Klaus Toepfer made the case that investing in the environment will go a long way toward meeting U.N. goals to reduce poverty, supply clean drinking water and fight the spread of infectious diseases.

ADM up to the Green Challenge
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Amy Hoak, Herald & Review

E-mails from colleagues and acquaintances around the world have been landing in Mark Matlock's inbox. The reason for the flurry of correspondence: Relaying congratulatory words for Matlock and his employer, Archer Daniels Midland Co., which recently won two Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

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