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ENN Weekly: August 22nd - 26th

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy stories of the week. In the news August 22nd - 26th: Dirty air, rebounding wetlands, falling fish stocks, cloned kittens and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Rio Grande Valley Havens Are Preserving Nature -- and Boosting Area Communities

The salty lake located north of Edinburg is part of a 5,000 acre-tract of the wildlife refuge. Shimmering white salt drifts -- which might be mistaken for snow, if not for the 90-plus-degree heat -- ring the shallow brown water. Beyond those lie thousands of acres of dense Tamaulipan thornscrub, a hearty combination of mesquite, prickly pear, shrubs and grasses. >> Read the Full Article

Another Blow to the Pseudo-Science of Global Warming Skeptics

(By Peter H. Gleick) In a serious blow to the already discredited arguments made against climate change by global warming skeptics, a new analysis of satellite data confirms that the earth is warming at a rate consistent with that projected by climate models, and far faster than the skeptics previously acknowledged. The satellite data were originally interpreted by John R. Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and colleagues as showing little or no warming occurring between 1979 and 2003. Indeed, they concluded that there was actually a cooling trend in the tropics – conclusions seriously at odds with actual temperature records and with estimates from global climate models. Other climate skeptics latched onto this faulty interpretation to support their conclusions that global warming is false, or small, and climate models in error. >> Read the Full Article

Ethanol Is Cheaper, Industry Study Says

A new pilot-scale study on ethanol fuel efficiency suggests improved fuel costs for cars at 10, 20 and 30 percent of ethanol in petroleum. The American Coalition for Ethanol, holding its 18th annual convention and trade show in Omaha, unveiled the results of a commissioned pilot study. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. EPA and DOT Recognize Flexcar as a 'Best Workplace for Commuters'

Today, Flexcar, the nation's leading carsharing provider, was designated as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation. >> Read the Full Article

EENT's AXP 1000 Reduces Truckers' Idle, Helping the Environment

Energy & Engine Technology Corporation, a developer of auxiliary power generators for the long haul trucking industry, announced today that it believes its AXP 1000 device provides the potential to save money, lives and the environment. >> Read the Full Article

Weather Forecasting Getting More Complex

The outlook for predicting the weather is improving. Beginning this month the complex computer programs used by forecasters are getting more data on temperatures, water vapor and gases in the air and on how the ground affects the weather, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Present Rare Woodpecker Audio

Scientists publicly presented recordings Wednesday purportedly of the ivory-billed woodpecker and said the tape indicated there might be more than one of the rare bird in an eastern Arkansas swamp. >> Read the Full Article

Federal Judge Allows Global Warming Lawsuit To Go Forward

Environmental groups and four U.S. cities can sue federal development agencies on allegations the overseas projects they back financially contribute to global warming, a judge has ruled. >> Read the Full Article

Japan Scrubs Iraq Marshland Donor Conference amid Constitution Negotiations

A donors conference to coordinate the revival of southern Iraq's once-lush marshlands has been canceled because of the ongoing stalemate in Baghdad over the country's constitution. >> Read the Full Article