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Lab Helps Design a Better Turbine Blade to Produce Electricity

Promising initial tests show designs and technology developed by Sandia National Laboratories could allow wind turbines to produce power in lighter breezes. >> Read the Full Article

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Says 17 Employees Died after Handling Asbestos

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Wednesday that 17 of its employees who had handled asbestos in recent decades had died, while six others were still receiving medical treatment. >> Read the Full Article

E-Waste Helps First Responders

First-line emergency services responders are reaping the benefits of e-waste recycling. The Department of Energy, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, has developed a nationwide program that allows old and excess equipment to be used by first responders such as the police, firefighters or paramedics who arrive first at emergencies. >> Read the Full Article

North Carolina Power Program Will Convert Manure, Garbage into Energy

Renewable-energy advocates have discovered electricity in some unlikely places: Pig manure and decaying garbage. Both types of waste are dirt cheap, readily abundant and loaded with energy. That's because as waste decays, it emits methane, an odorless, flammable gas that can be burned to run a generator. >> Read the Full Article

Caterpillars Invade New Mexico Forests

Some of northern New Mexico's aspen stands have been stripped of their leaves by masses of wriggling caterpillars in search of food and a place to build a home, but forest officials are confident the trees will recover in time to show off their brilliant colors. >> Read the Full Article

Researchers, Trackers Study Deer Populations

For a decade, governments throughout San Diego County have bought into the idea that wildlife and development could coexist, if enough open space was preserved with corridors built between them to allow animals to roam. >> Read the Full Article

Turning Waste to Wealth Advancing at Landfills, Farms

Jim Voss hopes his company will make a fortune out of garbage -- specifically the methane gas produced when tons of trash decay in landfills across the nation. That methane -- 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide -- has to go somewhere: federal rules requires large landfills to either burn it or pipe it away to be processed. >> Read the Full Article

Court Dismisses Challenge to Bush Administration on Rules over Logging in National Forests

A federal appeals court dismissed an attempt by environmental groups to restore a Clinton-era ban on logging in roadless areas of national forests, saying their appeal became irrelevant when the Bush administration adopted a replacement rule. >> Read the Full Article

Wyoming Commission Approves Grizzly Boundaries in Effort to Remove Federal Protections

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission set boundaries Tuesday for where grizzly bears can roam in the state in hopes of ending special federal protections and giving Wyoming, Montana and Idaho more control over the bears. >> Read the Full Article

Hurricane Dennis Flips Sunken Ship Upright off Key Largo

The former USS Spiegel Grove, serving as artificial reef on the bottom in 130 feet of water off Key Largo, flipped upright as the core of the storm passed some 200 miles to the west. The Spiegel Grove is the most popular artificial wreck in the Florida Keys, home at least 166 different fish species, said Lad Akins of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. >> Read the Full Article