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India Can't Commit to Kyoto Targets, Says U.N. Climate Head

India will be unable to commit to greenhouse gas emission targets when the first phase of the Kyoto treaty ends in 2012 as its energy-hungry economy is developing fast, the top U.N. climate expert said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Hawaii Fights Spread of Small, Noisy Frogs

It's hard to imagine a tiny, 2-inch frog could cause so much harm. Beloved in its native Puerto Rico, the coqui frog has become a menace in Hawaii, where it suddenly appeared in the 1990s. >> Read the Full Article

Democrats Suggest Blocking EPA Nominees over Superfund, Lead Paint Questions

Two Democratic senators suggested Thursday they may block one or more of President Bush's nominees to key Environmental Protection Agency posts unless they get answers they want from the agency. >> Read the Full Article

Centralized Planning -- A Guest Commentary

We pretend otherwise, but California’s energy sector is planned as centrally as any old line communist state. Every aspect of our complicated electricity system has to be approved by a state bureaucrat, usually at the request of a monopoly utility that has its hands permanently in our pockets. >> Read the Full Article

Glacial Cover-Up Won't Stop Global Warming, But It Keeps Skiers Happy

It gets so cold up at this Alpine skiing station that the locals call it Eisgrat -- "Icy Spine." But Eisgrat's spine is melting. "It's not a good feeling," says Alois Ranalter, a maintenance worker who spends his summers focused on stopping the melt. "The glacier is our life." >> Read the Full Article

Chemical Contamination in Arctic Linked to Bird Droppings

A major source of chemical contamination in the Arctic turns out to be bird droppings. A study by a group of Canadian researchers found that the chemical pollution in areas frequented by seabirds can be many times higher than in nearby regions. >> Read the Full Article

House, Senate Take up Widely Different Energy Bills Amid Attempts to Resolve Dispute

A dispute over a gasoline additive could jeopardize hopes for an agreement as the Senate and House worked on Thursday to forge a compromise to deal with the nation's energy problems. >> Read the Full Article

A Letter from the Publisher

In recent weeks, several technical issues have affected the delivery of the daily ENN Email Newsletter for some of our subscribers. I wanted to explain the nature of these glitches and apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced. Also, I’d like to assure you that we are making every effort to address these problems and deliver your newsletter consistently and on time, as we have for hundreds of thousands of people over the past 10 years. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: July 11th - 15th

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news July 11th - 15th: Saving glaciers, turning waste to wealth, the state of ocean health, sustainable community planning, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Centralized Planning

(By Steven J. Moss) We pretend otherwise, but California’s energy sector is planned as centrally as any old line communist state. Every aspect of our complicated electricity system has to be approved by a state bureaucrat, usually at the request of a monopoly utility that has its hands permanently in our pockets. And virtually every fuel source, from solar to nuclear, is heavily subsidized. The results are decidedly mixed. >> Read the Full Article