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Limited Growth Ahead for Environmental & Waste Management Industry, Says Standard & Poor's
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Rising costs, slower volume and increased competition have combined to slow growth among companies in the solid waste management, water supply and treatment, air pollution, and environmental remediation sectors, and prospects for growth remain limited into 2006, said Standard & Poor's in its semi-annual survey on the environmental services industry, published today.

Goldman Sachs Adds Own Twist to Social and Environmental Assessment
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM -

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is showing signs of being memetic -- in other words, spreading like a cultural virus.

Australia Rejects Crocodile Safari Hunt Plan
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australia has rejected a plan to allow crocodile safari hunting in the country's north where the reptiles killed two men in separate attacks last week. Crocodiles were declared a protected species in 1971 when their numbers fell to about 5,000, but since then their population in the Northern Territory has exploded to around 70,000 in the wild with another 18,000 in six crocodiles farms.

GE, EPA Strike New Deal on Hudson River Dredging
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

Federal authorities and General Electric Co. struck a deal Thursday on dredging PCB-contaminated sediment from the Hudson River, a big step forward in the delayed Superfund cleanup plan.

Gasoline Spike Fuels Surge in U.S. Bicycle Sales
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Valdmanis, Reuters

A spike in gasoline prices is fueling what could be the biggest year for U.S. bicycle sales since the Arab oil embargo more than three decades ago, a leading bike association said this week.

Shark Nicole Clocks More Than 12,000 Miles Crisscrossing Indian Ocean
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A great white shark named Nicole logged more than 12,000 miles swimming from Africa to Australia and back, the first proof of a link between the two continents' shark populations, researchers say.

An Ill Wind Might Help the Shrimp Industry -- An ENN Guest Commentary
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Carole H. Allen, Sea Turtle Restoration Project

When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas, many thought they were witnessing the “ill wind that blows nobody good.” Property damage will be in the billions and the toll in human suffering can never be measured. How could a silver lining be found in this dark summer of tragedy for anyone in the hurricane-struck areas, much less the shrimping industry?

Climate Change Linked to Cruise Ship Illness Outbreaks
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Gene Emery, Reuters

Warming ocean waters may have tainted Alaskan oysters with a bacteria that triggered four outbreaks of illness on a cruise ship among people who ate the shellfish raw, researchers reported this week.

China To Eschew Fast Growth in New Economic Plan
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Hillis, Reuters

China is poised to unveil a new roadmap for the world's seventh-biggest economy that scraps a long-standing policy of faster growth in favour of improving social services and curbing widespread environmental devastation.

Gulf Nature Park Awaits Gators' Return after Rita
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Daily, Reuters

The alligators have fled and the tall, green marsh grasses are brown from salt water, but the coastal Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge's resilient natural defenses may have prevented a catastrophe in the area ravaged by Hurricane Rita.

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