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N.H. Firm Carves Niche Selling Pasteurized Chicken Manure as Organic Fertilizer

A good business plan can capitalize on anything -- even pasteurized chicken manure. "Within five years, there's going to be a billion-dollar-plus company in the organic and natural lawn-and-garden market," predicts John Packard, founder and CEO of Portsmouth-based Pure Barnyard. >> Read the Full Article

Dim the Lights and Turn Up the Thermostat

Its all-star lineup of backers admits that Kill-A-Watt is a gimmick, but that doesn't lessen their support for a plan to encourage energy conservation. The initiative, developed by a Paramus, N.J.-based energy services company, calls for New Jersey residents to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Old Tires Help Produce Cement

Old tires -- lots and lots of old tires -- will help cement-giant Holcim cut its reliance on coal by 10 percent this year. In 2005, the company will roll through 25,000 tons of tires -- 2.5 million tires -- to achieve the goal, managers say. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows Holcim to burn up to 55,000 tons of tires per year. >> Read the Full Article

Regulators to Vote on Ocean Trawling Plan

Federal regulators were set to vote on a plan to protect deep water corals and other sensitive fish habitat that will likely include a permanent ban on bottom trawling in large tracts of the Pacific Ocean. >> Read the Full Article

Canadian Inuit Leader Accepts Sophie Environment Prize at Oslo Ceremony

Canadian Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier accepted the 2005 Sophie environment prize Wednesday for drawing attention to the impact of climate change and pollution on the traditional lifestyles of the Arctic's indigenous people and others. >> Read the Full Article

Sanitation Problems Plague Mountaineers in Alaska

Mountaineers who ascend North America's loftiest peak are often brought down to earth by "virus-laden poo" left behind by previous climbers, a medical report says. >> Read the Full Article

Researchers Examine Pesticide Impact

University of North Dakota researchers are studying the impact of pesticides on children's ability to learn. "We really think that there will be some sort of decrease in school achievement and memory," said Patricia Moulton, a researcher with the Center for Rural Health. >> Read the Full Article

Power Plant Cleanups Put in Doubt by Appeals Court Ruling

Efforts since the Clinton administration to clean up the nation's biggest industrial source of air pollution reached what may be a legal dead end Wednesday. A federal appeals court ruled that power plants can throw more pollutants into the air annually when they modernize to operate for longer hours. >> Read the Full Article

The Growing Plastic Wasteberg -- An ENN Commentary

While I admire Mike Johnston’s efforts to find a short-term ways to slow the accelerated growth of the plastic wasteberg that threatens our planet ("A Reader Responds to America's Other Trade Deficit," May 19th, 2005), his reply to my commentary “America’s Other Trade Deficit” unfortunately resorts to name-calling and false claims that I am “short on hard science” in an effort to perpetuate the same myths about plastics that have confused and misinformed an entire generation. >> Read the Full Article

Raw-Food Fervor Starting to Sprout

It's raw, but it's hot. Interest in eating food in its pure form, uncooked and unprocessed, is growing. Celebrities swear by the raw diet and local stores scramble to keep raw products in stock. >> Read the Full Article