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U.S. Senate Panel Begins Work on Greenhouse Gas Cuts
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

A senior Senate Republican said Thursday he will pursue legislation that may eventually require U.S. industry to cut gases linked to global warming, a view sharply at odds with the White House and many other Republicans. However, crafting legislation that would reduce emissions without being too costly to the U.S. economy will not be easy, said Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.

Expert Questions Existence of Woodpecker
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press

An expert on the ivory-billed woodpecker is questioning evidence that purportedly shows the rare bird, once thought to be extinct, in the swamps of southeast Arkansas. Jerome A. Jackson, a zoologist at Florida Gulf Coast University, is challenging a blurry video cited by other scientists as showing a clip of one bird, saying the four-second image does "no more than suggest the possibility" that the bird still exists.

Self-Cleaning Building Materials a Possible Weapon in Fight against Smog
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Karl Ritter, Associated Press

From catalytic converters to alternative fuels, the fight against big-city smog has for years been fought inside combustion engines and exhaust pipes. Now, scientists are taking the fight to the streets by developing "smart" building materials designed to clean the air with a little help from the elements.

Lead, Tobacco Exposure Down in U.S., Survey Finds
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Levels of lead have dropped dramatically, exposure to second-hand smoke is down and most women are not burdened by unsafe levels of mercury, according to the latest U.S. government survey on chemical exposures.

Peasants Pay with Blood to Save Mexico Forest
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Lorraine Orlandi, Reuters

Reyna Mojica saw her two boys shot to death just weeks ago, an attack she traces to a vendetta she says began in 1998 when her family helped block hundreds of logging trucks in Mexico's Sierra Madre. They call themselves the Peasant Ecologists of the Petatlan Sierra and their fight to save a swath of forest near the Pacific coast is among the world's most important struggles against deforestation, Greenpeace says.

ENN Weekly: July 18th - 22nd
July 22, 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 July 18th - 22nd: Wal-Mart greens up, an Antarctic ecosystem is revealed, Brazil considers a "braking system" to protect the Amazon, Kenya's Maathai weighs in on G8 and much more.

New Study Shows Benefits of Sustainable Forestry Certification
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM -

A new study has found that independent, third-party certification for environmentally and socially sustainable management of timberlands has led to vital, measurable improvements in the protection of forests, wildlife, and stakeholder rights worldwide as well as to the long-term economic viability of forestry operations.

Eco Lips' Business Booming, Naturally
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Dave Dewitte, The Gazette

A specialty manufacturer of organic lip balms in Cedar Rapids expects to hit the $1 million annual sales mark this year with the recent introduction of three new products. Eco Lips recently introduced three new organic lip balms to capitalize on its strength in the category.

Hydrogen-Fueled Car Has One Emission: Hot Water
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News

Thank goodness gas stations sell cold drinks and snacks. I drove a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle for five days last week, and suddenly I no longer had any use for gasoline. Fuel-cell vehicles, like the DaimlerChrysler F-Cell I drove, are being billed as the transportation of the future. After five days and 133 miles in an F-Cell, I can see the potential as well as the hurdles.

Department of Energy Mandates More Efficient Air Conditioners
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The Department of Energy has announced that it will enforce a 13 seasonal energy efficiency rating or “SEER” standard for residential central air conditioners.

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