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Dairies at a Critical Juncture
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Moran, Modesto Bee

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District thinks a cow creates about 19.3 pounds of volatile organic compounds a year. Those compounds are an ingredient in smog. The dairy industry thinks the number is closer to 5.6 pounds. The 13.7-pound difference carries big implications for dairy farmers.

Former Pork Producer Enters Renewable Energy Business
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa

When Bruce Rastetter was in the hog business, he wasn't exactly loved by everyone in Iowa. Now that he's is in the renewable energy business, Rastetter switched from villain -- in some people's eyes -- to hero.

New Software Helps Fleet Managers Evaluate Hybrid-Vehicle Costs
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM -

Government and business fleet managers interested in reducing fuel costs and protecting air quality now have a free online tool to compares the costs and emissions of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to conventional vehicles.

Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. Announces Retail Distribution of Earth-Friendly Cat Litter
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. announced today its Scientific Professional(TM) Cat Litter will soon be available in numerous pet stores across the nation.

Portuguese Firefighters Struggle to Contain Wildfires
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Strong winds and sweltering temperatures fueled some 20 wildfires across drought-stricken Portugal on Thursday as the number of firefighters on duty nearly doubled compared to the previous day, authorities said.

Trees Are Killed to Save Rare Woodpecker
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press

In a sort of ecological trade-off, conservationists headed into the Arkansas woods Thursday to kill dozens of trees in hopes of helping the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that up until recently was feared extinct.

Hybrid Cars Coming Soon to California Car Pool Lanes
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

Hybrid car owners are fast approaching the day when they will be allowed to drive solo in California's car pool lanes.

Giant Ocean Waves More Common Than Thought
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Last year's Hurricane Ivan generated an ocean wave that towered higher than 90 feet at one point, says a study that also suggests such giants may be more common than once thought.

If We Could Have Written the Energy Bill... Readers Opine
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN's readers rose enthusiastially to the challenge posed by our publisher, Jerry Kay early in the week. In an article we published on Tuesday, Jerry wrote, "If you could have written our national energy legislation what would you have included?" The ideas keep rolling in; here are some of the latest. Please add your thoughts to the mix!

Shuttle Commander Sees Wide Environmental Damage
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Franks, Reuters

Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources. "The atmosphere almost looks like an eggshell on an egg, it's so very thin," she said. "We know that we don't have much air, we need to protect what we have."

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