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Illegal Ivory Trade Thriving in Africa and Asia, Says Study
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Darren Schuettler, Reuters

The illegal ivory trade is thriving in Africa and Asia, where China remains the world's biggest market despite a crackdown launched two years ago, an environmental group said recently.

EarthTalk: How Much Land Has Congress Designated as Wilderness Since the Wilderness Act Passed 40 Years Ago?
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

When Congress passed the Wilderness Act in 1964, it designated 9.1 million acres across the United States permanently off limits to development. Since then, lawmakers have added an additional 96.5 million acres — including more than 50 million acres in Alaska alone — for a total of 105.6 million acres, spread over some 662 different areas and constituting roughly 5 percent of total U.S. land mass.

Olin Corp. must provide bottled water to residents with contaminated wells
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Carol Holzgrafe, The Dispatch, Gilroy, Calif.

The state Regional Water Quality Control Board has denied a request by the firm responsible for polluting the groundwater with a cancer causing chemical. Olin Corporation must continue to provide free bottled water to residents with wells contaminated with perchlorate.

New program from utility Nevada Power to develop 'green' rates
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - John G. Edwards, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada Power Co. will be developing a proposal for "green" rates that allows customers to pay higher rates to support the use of alternate power sources, such as wind and solar energy.

EPA chief and former Utah governor may seek rewrite of radiation safety law
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Christopher Smith, The Salt Lake Tribune

With plans to bury the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada looking more uncertain, Environmental Protection Agency head Mike Leavitt may ask Congress to rewrite a critical radiation safety law so the dump can open as planned in 2010.

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.

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