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Newport, N.H., to consult lawyer on landfill acquisition options
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Kristen Senz, Eagle Times, Claremont, N.H.

Officials in Newport are moving closer to deciding whether the town ought to acquire the ash landfill located off the John Stark Highway as part of the New Hampshire-Vermont Solid Waste Project's planned dissolution in 2007.

EarthTalk: How Do Hybrid Cars Get Better Fuel Efficiency than Traditional Cars?
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Hybrid cars get better gas mileage and pollute less because their highly efficient electric motors run on recycled waste energy generated during normal driving. These cars actually have two engines under the hood: a traditional gasoline-powered motor used for acceleration, and an electric motor that kicks in and out of service when the car is maintaining cruising speeds and when the car is idling or backing up. Excess power generated by the gasoline engine is stored in batteries and used to fuel the electric engine, so owners never need to plug the cars in.

13 Percent of Airliner Water Below EPA Standards
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Leslie Miller, Associated Press

Nearly one of every eight passenger airliners flying in the United States carries drinking water that fails Environmental Protection Agency standards because it contains coliform bacteria, the agency said Monday.

New York Judge Jails "Dangerous" Tiger Owner
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

A New York tiger owner was jailed recently for keeping his wild feline in his Harlem apartment by a judge who said he was too dangerous to be on the street.

Proposed Vehicle Tours on Protected Georgia Barrier Island Rev Up Environmental Battle
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Cumberland Island is the largest undeveloped barrier island on the Eastern Seaboard, and about half of it is federal wilderness area, meaning visitors and National Park Service employees are supposed to hike rather than drive. But the island has a handful of permanent residents who are free to drive on the three roads.

Soil Disease in Singapore Kills 23 This Year and Prompts Bio-warfare Fears
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A spate of deaths earlier this year by a soil-borne bacterial disease prompted Singapore to investigate whether it had been made into a weapon and was being used as a bio-warfare agent — a possibility that was ruled out.

Japan Donates $11 million to Restore Iraqi Marshes
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japan donated US$11 million (euro8.96 million) to restore Iraqi marshes drained during the regime of the ousted leader Saddam Hussein, the Japanese environment minister said Tuesday.

Japan officials, U.S. industry discount progress on lifting beef ban
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Barry Shlachter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas

Japanese officials and U.S. beef industry sources are downplaying reports of major progress in the lifting of Japan's ban on American beef.

Federal amendment would exempt farms from air pollution reporting
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig may try to exempt commercial mega-farms, like the Circle Four hog farm in Beaver County, Utah, from having to report toxins from animal waste that are released into the air, and the Sierra Club says it stinks.

U.S. Accuses U.N. of Dragging Feet over Locusts
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Crispian Balmer, Reuters

The United States accused the U.N. agriculture body recently of mismanaging the locust crisis afflicting vast swathes of West Africa.

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