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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.

Valence Technology Batteries Could Triple Hybrid Fuel Efficiency
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The US hybrid and electric vehicle battery market is expected to reach $4.5 billion in 2008 -- an increase of almost 65% from 2003.

Electric Utilities Improve Customer Satisfaction: J.D. Power and Associates
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Overall customer satisfaction improves among residential customers served by the nation's 78 largest electric utilities, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study released today.

Official Says Tire Plant Set Ablaze was Accident Waiting to Happen
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press

As a huge mound of tires burned for a second day at a southeastern Wisconsin recycling plant, health officials warned nearby residents Wednesday to stay indoors with windows closed to avoid billowing black smoke.

'Ghost Fleet' Could Be Scrapped in Mexico, Turkey
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The 55 hulks left in the James River "Ghost Fleet" could be destined for recycling yards in Turkey and Mexico under a deal being pursued by the federal government. The proposal, however, could encounter opposition from environmentalists who have fought the export of what they consider the hazards posed by the retired military vessels.

EU Commission to Press ahead on Environment
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Mason, Reuters

The European Union executive said on Wednesday it would press ahead with several environmental initiatives this year despite industry concern about high costs.

Bonnie Raitt to Receive Humanitarian Award from Record Merchandisers
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bonnie Raitt is being honored for her devotion to social, environmental and community issues by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. The singer-songwriter will receive the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award during the opening session of NARM's 47th annual convention Aug. 12 at the San Diego Marriott.

Federal Report Cites Environmental Lapses in Oil and Gas Drilling
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Interior Department is spending so much time approving oil and gas drilling permits on public lands that it often fails to do an adequate job policing the environment, congressional investigators say.

Londoner Purposely Wastes Water in the Name of Art
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Blaskovich, Associated Press

Mark McGowan went into the tiny backroom kitchen of a south London gallery three weeks ago and flipped on the cold water. He didn't turn it off, and doesn't plan to for an entire year. "The Running Tap," as it's called, is McGowan's effort to protest against wasted water in London by blatantly letting it go down the drain.

EarthNews Radio: GEM Car
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Many people own more than one car, and often a family's second car is used just for short around-town trips. That car is a perfect candidate to be an electric car, like one that is already produced today.

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