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China says 278 cities have no sewage treatment

More than half China's 1.3 billion population, including 278 cities, live without any form of sewage treatment, state media said on Friday, quoting city planning officials. And eight of those cities have populations of more than 500,000, Zhao Baojiang, chairman of the China association of city planning, was quoted as saying. In its rapid development into the world's fourth-largest economy, China has been struggling to curb horrific water and air pollution. >> Read the Full Article

Californians Switch Off To Avoid Brown Outs

California residents and businesses turned off lights, air conditioners and machinery Thursday to help the state weather an electricity shortage caused by soaring temperatures and high demand. The state's largest energy consumers had been notified that they might have to go dark to help prevent blackouts, but the mandatory interruptions at industrial, commercial and retail businesses were not needed. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: August 27th - 31st

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news August 27th - 31st: River pollution, population and climate, arsenic in drinking water, glass-sand beaches, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Virgin's Branson to Shun Thirsty 4-Engined Planes

Virgin Group boss Richard Branson said on Friday he would aim to avoid buying fuel-thirsty four-engined airplanes in future for both economic and environmental reasons. Virgin Atlantic's fleet of 38 planes all have four engines, and it has six four-engined Airbus A380 superjumbos on order. But in April the airline announced it was buying 15 of Boeing's new fuel-efficient carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner jets with 2 engines. >> Read the Full Article

Dole Food Takes New Steps to Head Off More E.coli

Dole Food Company, a top U.S. food and fruit producer, has stepped up testing and tracking of produce to prevent outbreaks of E.coli like the one that sickened hundreds last fall, the firm said on Thursday. Eric Schwartz, Dole's president for worldwide vegetables, told Reuters in an interview the company is testing samples from every acre of spinach and other vegetables that will be marketed under the Dole label. >> Read the Full Article

Two Men Accused of Smuggling 7,000 Turtles

Hong Kong police have arrested two men accused of trying to smuggle more than 7,000 live pet turtles to mainland China, the government said Friday. Marine police intercepted the two men Wednesday as they were loading about 300 cartons onto speedboats, a government statement said. >> Read the Full Article

Minks Freed from Cages, Finnish Farmers Give Chase

Farmers and other locals were chasing thousands of minks let out of their cages at a fur farm in western Finland early on Friday by suspected animal rights activists. About half the 2,500 minks released from unlocked cages in Mustasaari, 400 km (250 miles) northwest of Helsinki, had been recaptured by 1000 GMT, but it could take several days to round up the others, police said. >> Read the Full Article

China Says One-Child Policy Helps Protect Climate

China says its one-child policy has helped the fight against global warming by avoiding 300 million births, the equivalent of the population of the United States. But delegates at U.N. climate change talks in Vienna said on Thursday birth control is unlikely to find favour as a major policy theme, partly because of opposition by the Catholic Church and some developing nations trying to increase their population. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesian Palm Oil Boom Threatens Orangutan, Environment

Despite government claims pristine jungles are escaping the effects of the "green solution" to the energy crunch, the boom is threatening the survival of animals like the endangered orangutan and turning the country into a major global warming contributor, environmentalists say. >> Read the Full Article

Green Africa Conference Seeks to Help Continent Feed Itself

Africa's drive to feed itself by boosting agricultural production through funding, market access and improved technology must be balanced against the risk of environmental damage and market collapse, delegates at an Oslo conference said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article