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ENN Weekly: July 11th - 15th

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news July 11th - 15th: Saving glaciers, turning waste to wealth, the state of ocean health, sustainable community planning, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Centralized Planning

(By Steven J. Moss) We pretend otherwise, but California’s energy sector is planned as centrally as any old line communist state. Every aspect of our complicated electricity system has to be approved by a state bureaucrat, usually at the request of a monopoly utility that has its hands permanently in our pockets. And virtually every fuel source, from solar to nuclear, is heavily subsidized. The results are decidedly mixed. >> Read the Full Article

Coeur d'Alene Mines Begins Work on Alaska Gold Mine

Randy Wanamaker's grandfather took part in southeast Alaska's historic gold rush, so perhaps it's no surprise that Wanamaker -- a geologist and an Alaska Native -- is an advocate for the Kensington Mine. But the project remains controversial with Juneau environmentalists. >> Read the Full Article

High-Tech Cell Phones Help Africans Trade Crops

Daniel Mashva heaves his sack of cabbages and sweet potatoes into a rickety shared taxi and travels nine hours under the scorching sun to the market in Johannesburg. By the time he arrives, half his tiny harvest is rotten and the 48-year-old father of five returns to his impoverished village just a few pennies richer. >> Read the Full Article

Officials Say Chinese Air Pollution Fight Faces Trouble with Driving Public

China is trying to stave off rising pollution from cars by enacting a law requiring low-sulfur fuels, but faces opposition from the driving public, environmental officials said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Animal Rights Group Sues Over Sea Lions

An animal rights group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the federal government of violating several environmental protection acts by allowing the use of certain research techniques on threatened and endangered Steller sea lions. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Raise Alarm About Ocean Health

With a record number of dead seabirds washing up on West Coast beaches from Central California to British Columbia, marine biologists are raising the alarm about rising ocean temperatures and dwindling plankton populations >> Read the Full Article

Wyoming Wants Gray Wolf Off 'Threatened' List

Wyoming formally petitioned the Interior Department on Wednesday to remove gray wolves from the threatened species list in the northern Rockies, and to allow the state to control the predator. >> Read the Full Article

World Heritage Committee to Investigate Effects of Climate Change, Postpones Decision on Mount Everest

UNESCO agreed Wednesday to investigate the effects of climate change on World Heritage Sites around the globe after environmental activists raised concerns about the threat to Mount Everest. But the United Nations agency postponed a decision on whether to include the world's highest peak and two other sites on its endangered list. >> Read the Full Article

Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Survey Finds

Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released Thursday. Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment. >> Read the Full Article