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Program Seeks Help Finding Dragonflies

The New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas will map dragonfly and damselfly distribution across the state, highlight regions with exceptional diversity, and further the conservation of imperiled species, said Henry Tepper, state director for The Nature Conservancy, which sponsors the nature heritage program along with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. >> Read the Full Article

California Adopts Emissions System for Big Trucks

Engine manufacturers must install computer systems on big-rig trucks operating in California to diagnose and warn drivers of emission problems, according to an order issued by state air quality regulators Thursday. The order by the California Air Resources Board is the first such regulation in the United States for heavy-duty trucks. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Plan to Reintroduce Gray Whales off UK

Squadrons of Gray whales could be winging their way across the Atlantic within a decade to restock British waters under plans put forward by two conservation scientists. Andrew Ramsey and Owen Nevin of the University of Lancaster's School of Natural Resources in northern England floated the idea at a meeting in Brazil earlier this week. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Senate Panel Begins Work on Greenhouse Gas Cuts

A senior Senate Republican said Thursday he will pursue legislation that may eventually require U.S. industry to cut gases linked to global warming, a view sharply at odds with the White House and many other Republicans. However, crafting legislation that would reduce emissions without being too costly to the U.S. economy will not be easy, said Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. >> Read the Full Article

Expert Questions Existence of Woodpecker

An expert on the ivory-billed woodpecker is questioning evidence that purportedly shows the rare bird, once thought to be extinct, in the swamps of southeast Arkansas. Jerome A. Jackson, a zoologist at Florida Gulf Coast University, is challenging a blurry video cited by other scientists as showing a clip of one bird, saying the four-second image does "no more than suggest the possibility" that the bird still exists. >> Read the Full Article

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