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EarthTalk: The Lowdown on 'Energy Efficient Mortgages'

A movement is afoot among real estate lenders to offer special mortgages and other incentives designed to reward energy efficiency and green-friendly building and restoration. >> Read the Full Article

Study Says Canadian Smelter Polluting U.S. Lake

A Canadian smelter produced most of the lead, zinc and cadmium pollution found in a Washington state lake at the center of a cross-border environmental fight, according to a study released Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Ethanol to Fuel Racecars

Every day sees a new breakthrough for ethanol. The latest gain for the alternative fuel is the announcement that ethanol will be used at the Indianapolis 500 for the first time next year, said Mark Lambert, spokesman for the Bloomington-based Illinois Corn Growers Association. >> Read the Full Article

World Fish Stocks Strained, U.N. Says

World stocks of most fish, including Atlantic herring and capelin, are stretched to their limits and nearly a quarter are already over-exploited, a United Nations agency said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

WWF Warns that China's Rising Demand for Wood Threatens Other Countries' Forests

China's rising demand for wood threatens to devastate timber stocks in countries from Indonesia to Russia, the environmental group WWF said Tuesday, calling for more efficient wood use and measures to discourage illegal logging. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Announces Plan for Stricter Controls on Lead in Drinking Water

Stricter monitoring and reporting of problems with lead in drinking water will be required of utilities, states, schools and child care facilities, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Cherished Tradition Sparks Battle over Beach Access along Great Lakes

Walking along the waterfront is a cherished activity in the Great Lakes region, with its thousand miles of shoreline. But some worry that a lawsuit might lead to limits on the beach access people have long enjoyed. >> Read the Full Article

Energy-Efficient Phone Adapter Scoops EPA Design Award

A San Jose circuit maker has been named Grand Champion in the category of Efficiency Challenge 2004, an international design competition for power supply efficiency. >> Read the Full Article

Group Says Ecotourism Plan is Wrong for Bigelow Preserve

Western Maine's future may well lie in the economic development of the state-owned Bigelow Preserve as an ecotourism destination. >> Read the Full Article

'Hot' Hybrids Forecast To Do Slow Burn in Marketplace

Hybrids may be the hottest thing on the market, but their appeal isn't likely to make them a major player in the nation's automobile industry anytime soon. >> Read the Full Article