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ENN Weekly: September 5th - 9th
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy stories of the week. In the news September 5th - 9th: Katrina's devastation, global warming, Indonesian orangutans, offshore drilling, and much more.

The Environment Matters
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. Claude Martin, WWF International

(By Dr. Claude Martin) Many of us in the conservation world are concerned that the natural environment – as the fundamental provider of life on this planet – seems to have dropped off the international community’s radar screen in the lead up to the UN-hosted World Summit. This is an alarming realization as natural resources and the environment are being degraded and destroyed at record pace. Most environmental indicators – from climate change to freshwater and forest habitat loss – have become markedly worse. Despite the multiplicity of international environmental agreements, many have become paralyzed by politics, bogged down in the process or even worse, ignored.

Doctor: Animal Survivors of Katrina Dying of Thirst and Starvation
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Stephen W. Stigers, M.D., D.M.D., an anesthesiologist at Doctors Park Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, returned September 5 after a weekend spent helping the massive aid effort in New Orleans.

Environmental, Consumer Groups Criticize ComEd's Pullout from Illinois Renewable Energy Plan
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

A coalition of environmental and consumer groups on Thursday expressed outrage over Exelon/Commonwealth Edison's decision to break its commitment to implement Governor Rod Blagojevich's Sustainable Energy Plan.

Ecoloclean Industries Mobilizes Water Purification Unit to Biloxi, Mississippi
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Ecoloclean Industries, Inc. announced today that Ecoloclean Industries, in conjunction with its wholly owned subsidiary, World Environmental Technologies, has received confirmation from the City of Biloxi, Mississippi, Office of the Mayor, to accept Ecoloclean's offer to provide and deliver a mobile water purification system to the Biloxi Community Center and begin processing contaminated water such that it becomes drinkable for hurricane victims.

Genzyme Center Earns Highest Environmental Rating From U.S. Green Building Council
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Genzyme Corp. announced today that its world headquarters building, Genzyme Center, has received the highest rating issued by the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation’s foremost authority on environmentally responsible building practices.

Spain Enjoys -- and Suffers -- First Significant Rainfall of the Year
September 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Harold Heckle, Associated Press

Many regions of drought-struck Spain breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday as rain fell over a significant proportion of the country. Spain is suffering its worst drought since record-keeping began.

Cooking with the Heat of the Sun
September 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Kate Lohnes, The Monitor, McAllen, Texas

For some people, the concept called solar cooking is a hobby. For others, it's a lifestyle change. Solar cooking uses sunlight-generated heat to prepare food. Many solar cookers are made from household materials, such as cardboard and aluminum foil. Most are fairly inexpensive and can be made at home.

Gulf Coast Fishermen Hope Katrina Spared Sea Life
September 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Crispian Balmer, Reuters

Fisherman Greg Verges believes the shrimp knew a bad storm was coming their way even before the locals did. The week before Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic arrival, Verges' boat landed 400 pounds of prime quality shrimp in the Biloxi channel. Then, day after day, the catches fell off. "On the day before Katrina, I brought home just 40 shrimps."

Chilis Cool Conflict Between Man and Elephants
September 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

It has spiced up many a meal but now the fiery chili pepper is being used to cool an ancient feud between farmers and wild elephants in Africa. In the Zambezi valley in southern Zambia, small-scale farmers are growing chili peppers as a deterrent against elephants that raid their crops -- and marketing the end result as an eco-friendly product.

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