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Energy 2005 Expo: Sustainable Future, Big Biz or Both? -- A Guest Commentary

Energy 2005 Expo, August 14-17 was sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Efficiency and Renewable Energy division, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and was designed to help US government agencies save tax dollars and, yes, our planet by using energy wisely and converting to renewable energy programs. >> Read the Full Article

Seventy Thousand Homes? Not So Fast, Say Activist Groups

Central Florida's real-estate boom is delivering plans for mega-developments at a pace not seen in nearly two decades. As many as 70,000 new homes have been proposed this year alone within 15 projects stretching from north Volusia to south Lake County. They could take a few years or a few decades to rise from what is now mostly vacant land. >> Read the Full Article

Fields in Tsunami-Damaged Aceh Could Take Up To Five Years To Recover

Farmers have started replanting some fallow fields in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated Aceh province, but it will take up to five years to rehabilitate the hardest-hit areas, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Georgia To Allow Underwater Logging, Despite Environmental Concerns

Along with regular lumber, Ryan Lee's sawmill supplies wood from sunken cypress and pine logs, which fell into rivers while being rafted to ports and sawmills during the heyday of Southern logging in the 1800s and early 1900s. >> Read the Full Article

Rumsfeld Links Environmental Protections to Exposure of U.S. Troops in Iraq

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned Monday that procedures designed to protect the environment can sometimes jeopardize U.S. troops and should be balanced against military needs. "When those concerns are not balanced, the consequence can be unfortunate," he told those gathered here for a White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. >> Read the Full Article

Law Requires Use of Biodiesel in Illinois State Vehicles

A new Illinois law will require state and local governments, school districts, universities, community colleges and mass transit agencies to fuel their diesel vehicles with 2 percent biodiesel. >> Read the Full Article

Mauritania's Poor Remain Convinced They'll Get No Share of Oil Wealth

This country hasn't even started exporting oil yet, and already some Mauritanians are demanding a share of the hoped-for profits. >> Read the Full Article

USDA To Allow 'Organic' Label on Cosmetics

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and other natural-cosmetics companies have won their fight against the government for the right to stamp the "USDA Organic" label on lip balms and body lotions. >> Read the Full Article

Coca-Cola, Ford, 3M, 68 Other Facilities Commit to Environmental Improvements Beyond Current Regulatory Requirements

EPA announced 71 facilities from 29 states and Puerto Rico as new or renewing members in a program rewarding facilities that voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements. >> Read the Full Article

SmartWood Program Certifies First U.S. National Park

The Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program has awarded the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of a national park to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller (MBR) National Historical Park, making it only the second U.S. federal land to receive such certification. >> Read the Full Article