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Forest Fires in Indonesia Blanket Malaysian Cities with Unhealthy Haze

Forest fires in Indonesia's Sumatra province covered Malaysia's main city Kuala Lumpur and 32 other towns Tuesday with a smoky haze that reduced visibility to as low as one kilometer (half a mile). The Department of Environment said air quality in an area in central Perak state was "unhealthy," and it downgraded air quality in 32 other areas nationwide, including Kuala Lumpur, from "good" to "moderate." >> Read the Full Article

Green For Good Launches Website Featuring Nearly 1400 Green, Organic and Eco-Friendly Products

Addressing the growing popularity of ecologically friendly products in the marketplace, Green for Good, LLC has launched a new website, www.greenforgood.com. >> Read the Full Article

Suit Fights Ethanol Mandate

California's attorney general sued the U.S. government Monday to wipe out the federal rule requiring the use of ethanol in California gas tanks. But new federal energy legislation awaiting President Bush's signature could soften the ethanol requirement and possibly render the lawsuit meaningless, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer acknowledged. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: Cotton

Is it possible to grow cotton in a clean and sustainable way, without the chemicals normally used in its production? Listen to EarthNews Radio, with host Jerry Kay, to find out. >> Read the Full Article

Flood Traps Hundreds of Migratory Birds in Indian Sanctuary

Hundreds of migratory birds have been trapped with their fledgling offspring in southern India after monsoon floodwaters inundated their sanctuary, an official said Tuesday. On Monday, heavy monsoon rains drove the water level in the nearby Cauvery river to 15 feet (4.5 meters) above normal, partially submerging a dam and flooding the sanctuary. >> Read the Full Article

Federal Judge Blocks Easing of Logging Rules in the Northwest

A federal judge struck down a move by the Bush administration to ease logging restrictions in the Northwest, saying the government failed to consider the effect on rare plants and animals. >> Read the Full Article

Alaska Food Safe Decades after Nuclear Blasts, Study Finds

Three decades after officials detonated nuclear bombs under a remote Aleutian Island, a scientific panel has determined that fish and other wild foods in the area are safe to eat, according to a report issued Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

If We Could Have Written the Energy Bill... ENN's Readers Weigh In

Yesterday we asked you, ENN's loyal readers, to email us your response to the following question: If you could have written the energy bill, what would you have included? You offered up some interesting and creative ideas, including those that we've published here. Please keep them coming! Your ideas will be sent to key members of Congress. >> Read the Full Article

Turning Recycled Materials into Stylish, Customized Panels

Walls of Ginkgo leaves and bamboo. Curved lighting fixtures made with recycled glass. A door laced with beaded copper mesh woven by AIDS-impacted women in Africa for a fair wage. Since 2002, 3form Inc. has impressed the architecture and design industry with its unique building materials -- and its commitment to social and environmental responsibility. >> Read the Full Article

Move Away from Lead is Sure to Raise Costs

Lead paint, lead pipes, leaded gasoline -- all banned, and for good reason. But this metal has hardly disappeared from daily life. Cell phones, stereos and even medical equipment still rely on lead. The phone you buy a year from now, however, won't have a trace. >> Read the Full Article