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Lab Helps Design a Better Turbine Blade to Produce Electricity
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal

Promising initial tests show designs and technology developed by Sandia National Laboratories could allow wind turbines to produce power in lighter breezes.

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Says 17 Employees Died after Handling Asbestos
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Wednesday that 17 of its employees who had handled asbestos in recent decades had died, while six others were still receiving medical treatment.

E-Waste Helps First Responders
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Tiffany Rae Leonard, The Knoxville News-Sentinel

First-line emergency services responders are reaping the benefits of e-waste recycling. The Department of Energy, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, has developed a nationwide program that allows old and excess equipment to be used by first responders such as the police, firefighters or paramedics who arrive first at emergencies.

North Carolina Power Program Will Convert Manure, Garbage into Energy
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - John Murawski, The News & Observer

Renewable-energy advocates have discovered electricity in some unlikely places: Pig manure and decaying garbage. Both types of waste are dirt cheap, readily abundant and loaded with energy. That's because as waste decays, it emits methane, an odorless, flammable gas that can be burned to run a generator.

EU Threatens Court Action against 11 Member States over Noise Pollution
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union head office on Monday has threatened to take 11 EU countries to court unless they introduce new rules to tackle noise pollution.

Indonesia Charges Newmont Mining Executive for Allegedly Polluting Bay
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Niniek Karmini, Associated Press

Prosecutors filed charges against Newmont Mining Corp. and its top U.S. executive in Indonesia on Monday for allegedly polluting a bay with toxic waste, a lawyer said, in a case closely watched by foreign investors.

France Steps up Water Curbs as Drought Intensifies
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - David Evans, Reuters

France extended water rationing to more than half the country on Monday as its worst drought in decades intensified and farmers said food output might suffer.

Singapore Opens Fourth Recycling Plant to Turn Sewage into Water
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Singapore on Tuesday opened its fourth recycling plant designed to turn sewage into water, as part of the water-scarce island nation's move to self-sufficiency.

On Beyond Organic: GMO Legal Battles
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Last year, California’s Mendocino County passed legislation banning the planting of Genetically Modified (GM) crops within its borders. Trinity and Sonoma Counties quickly followed suit. Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network as we learn about the latest battles over GMO legislation in the US and worldwide.

Hollywood Could Help Save Madagascan Forests
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

The hit movie "Madagascar" has raised hopes that its namesake island will benefit from higher tourist visits, which could encourage locals to conserve rainforests considered among the world's most pristine and rare.

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