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Biggest Health Worry after Katrina is Clean Water

A lack of clean water is the most immediate health threat posed by the murky green water flooding Louisiana and Mississippi, health experts warned Wednesday as authorities declared a public health emergency after Hurricane Katrina's devastation. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: August 29th - September 2nd

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy stories of the week. In the news August 29th - September 2nd: Katrina overwhelms the Gulf Coast, retreating glaciers worry Greenland's Inuit people, scientists crack the chimp's DNA code, Steve Case bets on car-sharing, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Back-To-Greener-Schools

(By Joyce H. Newman) New York has just become the first state to require that all schools use safer, non-toxic cleaning products. Passage of New York’s pioneering legislation -- similar to laws in Washington State that require all school and public buildings to “go green” -- was driven by mounting concerns that many school buildings and grounds are actually quite unhealthy environments. In the recent past, more than 50% of all public schools in the U.S. were cited for poor indoor air quality, and things are getting worse, according to government reports. >> Read the Full Article

Conservation Agriculture Comes to a Close

An experimental program designed to demonstrate and document the economic, environmental and social benefits of "holistic" farming practices is a good first step, say its leaders. >> Read the Full Article

A New Market for Grocery Store Bags

Starting Friday, Rhode Islanders who take the trouble to return used plastic shopping bags to their local grocery stores can rest assured they are making a solid contribution to the environment. Very solid. >> Read the Full Article

Department of Energy Selects SRI International to Develop Low-Cost Hydrogen Generation System

SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an SRI-led team a four-year, $2.2 million contract to develop a prototype of a modular industrial system that uses steam electrolysis for low-cost generation of hydrogen. >> Read the Full Article

American Humane Association's Animal Rescue Rig Deploys Today

The American Humane Association announced this morning that it will deploy its Animal Emergency Services rescue rig to join its fleet of vehicles and volunteer responders already staged in Mississippi, ready to respond to the needs of Hurricane Katrina's animal victims. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: Checkout Bag Fee Proposal

In our EarthNews Radio feature Tuesday, we asked if paper or plastic was preferable as a choice for use in making pallets, and the answer was surprising. Today we ask the same question in the context you're used to hearing it: at the supermarket. >> Read the Full Article

Idaho Stargazers Fret Over Light Pollution

Last weekend, the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society set up telescopes outside the Museum of Idaho to introduce people to stargazing. But then they saw the light. All but the brightest stars and planets were blotted out by reflection of the city's downtown lights in the night sky. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Decipher the Chimpanzee's DNA

Scientists have deciphered the DNA of the chimpanzee, the closest living relative of humankind, and made comprehensive comparisons with the human genetic blueprint. It's a step toward finding a biological answer to a key question: What makes us human? >> Read the Full Article