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Anger and Fear over Asbestos Contamination in Wealthy Sacramento Suburb
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Brian Melley, Associated Press

A huge cloud of construction dust blowing across the field where his son played Little League signaled to Lance McMahan it was time to get out of this fast-growing suburb above Sacramento.

G-8 Countries Trying to Reach Compromises on Africa and Global Warming
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press

World leaders faced pressure from the United States to scale back goals for relieving African poverty and combatting disease on the world's poorest continent. But British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday he planned to keep campaigning for his ambitious objectives with other world leaders.

Donor Countries Agree to Finance a Feasibility Study to Save the Shrinking Dead Sea
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Donor countries have agreed to finance a feasibility study for a proposal to save the shrinking Dead Sea by feeding it with water through a canal from the Red Sea, the World Bank informed the sea's neighbors Thursday, according to a Jordanian official.

Government Takes Largest Suit over Power Plant Changes to Court
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Ryan, Associated Press

The nation's biggest power generator broke clean air rules by failing to cut emissions at plants in four states that foul the air in the Northeast and harm health, a federal lawyer argued Wednesday.

PET Peeve
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Coors, The Future 500

(By Bill Coors) Oil won’t last forever – for that we are lucky. Petroleum dependence is a risky, unreliable crutch that drives global insecurity, depletion, and pollution. If America’s future depended on it, our nation would have a life expectancy of 20, 30, or 40 years. Fortunately, our success doesn’t come from fossil fuels. It comes from innovation, and there is plenty of that left. The technologies to free us from petroleum are at hand. Many are affordable today.

U.N. Environment Chief Tells G8 It Pays to Protect Forests, Coastlines
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

The U.N. environment chief has a message for leaders of the world's major industrialized nations: scientists have shown that it pays to preserve forests, coastal waters and marshes. Klaus Toepfer made the case that investing in the environment will go a long way toward meeting U.N. goals to reduce poverty, supply clean drinking water and fight the spread of infectious diseases.

ADM up to the Green Challenge
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Amy Hoak, Herald & Review

E-mails from colleagues and acquaintances around the world have been landing in Mark Matlock's inbox. The reason for the flurry of correspondence: Relaying congratulatory words for Matlock and his employer, Archer Daniels Midland Co., which recently won two Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

Farmers Relying on Growing Trust in Organic Labeling
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelly Proctor, Athens Banner-Herald

Bill Jaynes follows the U.S. Department of Agriculture's organic farming rules to a T -- his chickens aren't given steroids and none of his crops are sprayed with pesticides. But, like many small-time farmers who use chemical-free methods, he hasn't registered with the government to sell his produce under the official "organic" label.

'Eco-Car' Size Limits Upset Nissan: Official Rules Clash with Export Needs
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Santan Santivimolnat, Bangkok Post

Nissan Motor Co, Japan's second largest automaker, has voiced disagreement with the government's policy to fix the dimensions for fuel-efficient small cars.

Pennsylvania Governor Signs ACRE Legislation; Local Environmental Ordinances to be Reviewed
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell today signed the Agriculture Communities and Rural Environment (ACRE) bill.

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