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California Turns to Goats to Stop Wildfires

Move over Smokey the Bear. In California, thousands of goats are helping prevent wildfires. From hilly San Francisco to more rural settings, California landowners, business and officials have hired the voracious animals to devour the grass and brush that fuels wildfires. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: June 20th - 24th

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news June 20th - 24th: A solar sail saga, the Senate debates energy, the meaning behind chickadee chirps, and benchmarks set for Boston Harbor. >> Read the Full Article

Mitsubishi Motors To Mass-Produce Electric Motorcar in 2010

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it plans to mass-produce electric motorcars in 2010, while launching a brand-new model of a sport utility vehicle this fall and a mini-vehicle model in January next year. >> Read the Full Article

Greenlight Energy Gains Approval to Build Large-Scale Wind Farm in Northeastern Colorado

Greenlight Energy, Inc., an independent power producer of wind energy, today announced it has received approval from the Washington County Commission to develop a large-scale wind farm near the town of Akron that could provide enough clean energy to meet the annual needs of up to 90,000 homes. >> Read the Full Article

Manatee Hotels, Resorts Reach Out to Environment

Ecotourism is the buzzword in the hospitality industry, and some hotels are tapping into what amounts to a new niche-market opportunity. >> Read the Full Article

Stem Cell Therapy Cannot Cure Our Toxic Legacy

(By Robert Ovetz, PhD) When it comes to fetal stem cell research, science fiction is inseparable from reality. In the science fiction film Gattaca, actor Ethan Hawke plays a man attempting to fake the identity of a paralyzed genetically altered superhuman he cares for in order to become an astronaut, a profession denied people of his genetic caste. New stem cell therapies that rely on fetal tissue promise miracle cure escapes. Those most likely to be able to afford these therapies will be restricted to a new wealthy disease free caste reminiscent of Gattaca. >> Read the Full Article

Whale Burger Goes on Sale in Japan Amid Growing Criticism over Its Research Whaling

A fast food chain in northern Japan began offering a whale burger on Thursday as anti-whaling nations urged Japan to cut back on its catch at an international conference on whaling. >> Read the Full Article

Big Fish Important in the Gene Pool

Anglers chasing big fish and leaving the small fry might be doing far more harm than good according to marine scientists in the United States. >> Read the Full Article

Valuable Native Koa Trees Seeing a Comeback in Hawaii

Yellowed grasses cover the lower southern slopes of Mauna Kea where impenetrable koa forests once stood on the Big Island. But Hawaii's largest endemic tree, with its sickle-shaped leaves, has reclaimed some of its former territory over the last two decades. >> Read the Full Article

Extinction of Frogs is Catastrophic, Scientists Say

Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe. >> Read the Full Article