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Growing Call among Californians to Sack Plastic Grocery Bags

In Los Angeles, in San Francisco, and in Sacramento, one of the most commonplace innovations to come along for consumers -- the plastic grocery bag -- is under attack. What would our world be like without these wisps of handiness? How would we get our groceries home? Or our homegrown tomatoes into the office? Or dog droppings off a stranger's lawn? >> Read the Full Article

As EPA Deadline Looms, Farmers Struggle with Air Monitoring Program

Hog farmer Bill Kessler hopes a voluntary federal program for monitoring livestock emissions will keep his 500-sow operation out of court for a few years. For $200, Kessler has essentially bought four years of amnesty from air-pollution penalties while the federal Environmental Protection Agency determines appropriate air quality standards for farm operations. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Initiative on Climate Met with Cautious Praise, Skepticism in Asia, Europe

A U.S.-led plan to develop clean energy technologies met with surprise in Asia and concern among critics that it may be a ploy to undo the Kyoto pact, the binding accord on controlling global warming that Washington refuses to sign. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Beaches Getting Dirtier, Report Finds

More and more U.S. beaches are being closed due to contamination, in part because there is more pollution and in part because of better monitoring, the National Resources Defense Council said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. House Approves $26 Billion Environmental Bill

The House Thursday passed a $26 billion bill that funds programs for the environment and federal parks, but sets significant cuts to clean water programs. >> Read the Full Article

Military Studying Whether 'Green' Bullets Used at Massachusetts Base are Environmentally Safe

Army officials at Camp Edwards believed they were being eco-friendly when they started using a "green bullet" that contains no lead -- a move meant to prevent polluting an aquifer beneath the base. >> Read the Full Article

Congress Set to Pass Far-Reaching Energy Bill, Breaking Years of Stalemate

After years of stalemate, Congress is set to enact a national energy plan that its supporters say will provide a more diverse mix of fuels, create jobs and spur development of cleaner burning coal and a new generation of nuclear reactors. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: July 25th - 29th

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news July 25th - 29th: Powering Windsor Castle, protecting apes, combating climate change, compromising on energy, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Dry Venezuela Island Lived Boom-to-Bust Pearl Rush

Those who fear the world's economy will crash the day the Earth's oil reserves run dry can cite the "pearl island" of Cubagua as a lesson in how not to exploit a natural resource. >> Read the Full Article

Average Fuel Economy for 2005 Models Increases Slightly

Honda Motor Co. posted the highest average fuel economy for 2005 vehicles, but automakers made little progress in making automobiles more fuel-efficient, the government reported Thursday. >> Read the Full Article