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Voluntary Green Power Purchasing up 1000 Percent in 5 Years; Large Corporate Purchasers Driving Growth
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Renewable energy capacity in the United States supported by voluntary demand rather than regulatory requirements now tops 2200 megawatts (MW) – up more than 1,000 percent in just 5 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy released at the Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Austin, Texas.

Biodiesel Working Its Way into the Nation's Fuel Supply
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Only three weeks after Governor Schwarzenegger of California signed into law a proposal authored by State Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) that would allow public agencies and utilities to use vehicles that run off of biodiesel and biodiesel blends, the American Trucking Association advocates the use of biodiesel.

Nearly 60 Whales Dead after Stranding on Remote Beach in Southern Australia
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nearly 60 whales died in a mass stranding on a remote beach in southern Australia, a wildlife official said Tuesday. Rescuers struggled to save about 10 survivors.

Rare Asian Black-Tailed Gull Found in Vt.
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

When Julie Hart went down to the Charlotte beach last Tuesday she was in search of a strong cell phone signal, not birds. But while scanning the water for loons, geese and other migrating water birds, Hart noticed a darker gull among the typical ring-billed gulls on Lake Champlain.

NASA Scraps Plan to Wrap Hanger in Panels
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

NASA has scrapped plans to wrap a decommissioned hangar in solar panels after a contractor deemed the project impractical. NASA said the panels would not generate enough energy to justify the $40 million cost of installing them.

EU Plans Temporary Import Ban of Pet Birds
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Smith, Reuters

EU veterinary experts will soon discuss plans to ban imports of live captive and pet birds, another measure to prevent the spread of bird flu within the European Union, the EU's health chief said on Monday.

Using Sun and Earth To Survive in Harsh Eritrea
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Harris, Reuters

Deforestation is a major threat to Africa's vulnerable communities. An international report said earlier this year that desertification, caused in part by widespread deforestation, threatens to drive millions from their homes.

Galapagos Volcano Erupts for Third Day
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press

A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day Tuesday, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers on the island or the super-sized tortoises that gave the remote archipelago its name.

Study Says Commercial Fishing Threatens Species in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Commercial fishing has sharply depleted numbers of several species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and threatens the health of the pristine island chain's ecosystem, according to a private study released Monday.

Ontario Orders Evacuation of Residents of E. Coli-Stricken Reserve
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

About 1,000 residents of a remote northern Ontario Indian reserve will be evacuated this week after authorities said the drinking water was showing dangerously elevated levels of potentially deadly E. coli, Ontario's minister for aboriginal affairs said Tuesday.

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