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What are the top environmental books?

19 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm

Just in time for slackers who haven't finished their holiday shopping, Gristmill columnist Peter Madden of Forum for the Future has surveyed his colleagues and other smart green Brits to come up with a list of the most important environmental books. Classics "Silent Spring" and "Small Is Beautiful" made the ...

Scientists discover 52 new species on the island of Borneo

19 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm

Over the last 17 months, scientists have identified 52 new plant and animal species in the rainforests of Borneo, a Southeast Asian island, the World Wildlife Fund announced yesterday. The finds include 30 unique species of fish, two tree-frog species, three new trees, a plant that grows only a single ...

EPA relaxes industry pollution-reporting rules

19 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm

In a holiday gift to industry, the U.S. EPA has relaxed rules on reporting toxic pollution. Under rule amendments approved yesterday, industrial plants will not have to file detailed public Toxic Release Inventory reports unless they spew 2,000 pounds of pollution or more, four times the previous limit, and they'll ...

In parting gesture, Congress gives boost to renewables as well as offshore dr...

19 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm

As the 109th Congress pushed through its final package of pork, a provision opening up new areas in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling grabbed headlines. But more encouraging energy news slipped by largely unnoticed: Lawmakers also passed a bevy of tax incentives for renewable energy. ...

World's biggest offshore wind farm given OK in England

19 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm

The world's biggest offshore wind farm has been given the go-ahead and will soon be built 12 miles off the coast of southeast England. The quaintly named London Array, being developed by a consortium that includes Shell WindEnergy, will consist of 341 turbines. A separate 100-turbine wind farm in the ...

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