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Fire and Water Sweep Through Europe in Summer of Extreme Weather

Fire and floods have engulfed Europe this summer, as a relentless drought in Spain and Portugal transformed swaths of woodland into a massive tinderbox and torrential rains carved a trail of destruction through alpine valleys and Balkan villages. >> Read the Full Article

Balkans May Be Bird Flu Gateway to Wider Europe

Birds heading south for the winter from Siberia may carry a deadly strain of avian flu to the Balkan peninsula and mingle with other flocks from northern Europe, experts said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Global Coalition Meeting in Nigeria Unveils New Initiative To Save Falling Fish Stocks

Some of the world's biggest international agencies are launching a global initiative to help developing countries manage dwindling fish stocks by curbing illegal fishing and halting the deterioration of marine ecosystems, the World Bank said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Try to Harness Wave Energy

As the price of a barrel of oil continues to surge, scientists are turning to the ocean as a possible source of alternative energy. The potential for harnessing the power of waves has drawn serious study by Oregon State University, federal and state agencies, and communities along the Oregon Coast. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: August 22nd - 26th

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy stories of the week. In the news August 22nd - 26th: Dirty air, rebounding wetlands, falling fish stocks, cloned kittens and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Rio Grande Valley Havens Are Preserving Nature -- and Boosting Area Communities

The salty lake located north of Edinburg is part of a 5,000 acre-tract of the wildlife refuge. Shimmering white salt drifts -- which might be mistaken for snow, if not for the 90-plus-degree heat -- ring the shallow brown water. Beyond those lie thousands of acres of dense Tamaulipan thornscrub, a hearty combination of mesquite, prickly pear, shrubs and grasses. >> Read the Full Article

Another Blow to the Pseudo-Science of Global Warming Skeptics

(By Peter H. Gleick) In a serious blow to the already discredited arguments made against climate change by global warming skeptics, a new analysis of satellite data confirms that the earth is warming at a rate consistent with that projected by climate models, and far faster than the skeptics previously acknowledged. The satellite data were originally interpreted by John R. Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and colleagues as showing little or no warming occurring between 1979 and 2003. Indeed, they concluded that there was actually a cooling trend in the tropics – conclusions seriously at odds with actual temperature records and with estimates from global climate models. Other climate skeptics latched onto this faulty interpretation to support their conclusions that global warming is false, or small, and climate models in error. >> Read the Full Article

Ethanol Is Cheaper, Industry Study Says

A new pilot-scale study on ethanol fuel efficiency suggests improved fuel costs for cars at 10, 20 and 30 percent of ethanol in petroleum. The American Coalition for Ethanol, holding its 18th annual convention and trade show in Omaha, unveiled the results of a commissioned pilot study. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. EPA and DOT Recognize Flexcar as a 'Best Workplace for Commuters'

Today, Flexcar, the nation's leading carsharing provider, was designated as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation. >> Read the Full Article

EENT's AXP 1000 Reduces Truckers' Idle, Helping the Environment

Energy & Engine Technology Corporation, a developer of auxiliary power generators for the long haul trucking industry, announced today that it believes its AXP 1000 device provides the potential to save money, lives and the environment. >> Read the Full Article