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ENN Weekly: August 1st - 5th
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news August 1st - 5th: The grim view from space, man's best friend cloned, halting desert creep in Senegal, ENN's readers weigh in on energy, and much more.

Environmentalists See Hope in Exxon CEO Change
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Environmental groups expressed guarded optimism Thursday that the management succession at Exxon Mobil Corp. may lead the oil company to taking a proactive role in protecting the planet.

U.S. Makes Drilling Compensation Voluntary
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

With drilling rigs sprouting across the Rockies, federal land managers have quietly made it voluntary for companies to compensate for oil and gas development by improving the environment.

Interface's Renewable Energy Purchases Fund Wind Farms And Solar Energy
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

For 10 years, Interface, Inc. and its subsidiaries have been engaged in initiatives designed to lighten their company’s environmental footprint, including investments in renewable energy certificates (RECs) that support high quality projects such as the development of renewable energy resources in the Northwest and Plains states.

The Next Generation Of Conservation Scientists: The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Across the Americas, select graduate students are conducting cutting-edge research in national parks as Canon Scholars.

Shippers Plead Guilty to Illegal Dumping
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - EPA

On July 14, 2005, Fairdeal Group Management SA, a ship operator based in Greece, and Fair Voyager Maritime SA, a ship owner based in Liberia, each pleaded guilty to charges that included dumping sludge and oily bilge water into international waters and obstruction of justice.

Greenpeace Urges Bulgaria To Halt Nuclear Plant Project
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Greenpeace activists urged Bulgaria on Thursday to halt a project to build a second nuclear plant on the Danube River and instead opt for renewable energy sources, the environmental organization said.

Scientists Drill Into San Andreas Fault
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Geologists drilling a borehole into the San Andreas Fault to better understand the physics of earthquakes have hit a seismically active section of the fault for the first time.

Environmental Group Seeks Limits on Mercury
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Pennsylvania environmental group said it will urge the state Department of Environmental Protection to move forward with stricter mercury regulations, despite a letter sent by three legislators who say they're not necessary.

Air Texans Breathe Being Polluted by 'Accident'
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News

Texas is turning a blind eye as state refineries and industrial plants spew millions of pounds of "accidental" pollution each year, a new report charges. At issue are events called "upset pollution" -- theoretically unavoidable incidents where facilities have to burn off chemicals, typically during start-up, shutdown, maintenance or mechanical malfunction.

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