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Self-Cleaning Building Materials a Possible Weapon in Fight against Smog

From catalytic converters to alternative fuels, the fight against big-city smog has for years been fought inside combustion engines and exhaust pipes. Now, scientists are taking the fight to the streets by developing "smart" building materials designed to clean the air with a little help from the elements. >> Read the Full Article

Lead, Tobacco Exposure Down in U.S., Survey Finds

Levels of lead have dropped dramatically, exposure to second-hand smoke is down and most women are not burdened by unsafe levels of mercury, according to the latest U.S. government survey on chemical exposures. >> Read the Full Article

Peasants Pay with Blood to Save Mexico Forest

Reyna Mojica saw her two boys shot to death just weeks ago, an attack she traces to a vendetta she says began in 1998 when her family helped block hundreds of logging trucks in Mexico's Sierra Madre. They call themselves the Peasant Ecologists of the Petatlan Sierra and their fight to save a swath of forest near the Pacific coast is among the world's most important struggles against deforestation, Greenpeace says. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: July 18th - 22nd

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news July 18th - 22nd: Wal-Mart greens up, an Antarctic ecosystem is revealed, Brazil considers a "braking system" to protect the Amazon, Kenya's Maathai weighs in on G8 and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Eco Lips' Business Booming, Naturally

A specialty manufacturer of organic lip balms in Cedar Rapids expects to hit the $1 million annual sales mark this year with the recent introduction of three new products. Eco Lips recently introduced three new organic lip balms to capitalize on its strength in the category. >> Read the Full Article

Hydrogen-Fueled Car Has One Emission: Hot Water

Thank goodness gas stations sell cold drinks and snacks. I drove a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle for five days last week, and suddenly I no longer had any use for gasoline. Fuel-cell vehicles, like the DaimlerChrysler F-Cell I drove, are being billed as the transportation of the future. After five days and 133 miles in an F-Cell, I can see the potential as well as the hurdles. >> Read the Full Article

Department of Energy Mandates More Efficient Air Conditioners

The Department of Energy has announced that it will enforce a 13 seasonal energy efficiency rating or “SEER” standard for residential central air conditioners. >> Read the Full Article

Valence Technology Batteries Could Triple Hybrid Fuel Efficiency

The US hybrid and electric vehicle battery market is expected to reach $4.5 billion in 2008 -- an increase of almost 65% from 2003. >> Read the Full Article

Electric Utilities Improve Customer Satisfaction: J.D. Power and Associates

Overall customer satisfaction improves among residential customers served by the nation's 78 largest electric utilities, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study released today. >> Read the Full Article

New Study Shows Benefits of Sustainable Forestry Certification

A new study has found that independent, third-party certification for environmentally and socially sustainable management of timberlands has led to vital, measurable improvements in the protection of forests, wildlife, and stakeholder rights worldwide as well as to the long-term economic viability of forestry operations. >> Read the Full Article