A 'Summer of Green,' the Ultimate Guide to U.S. National Forests, and Medicines in Our Waterways

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An innovative partnership between the Earth Day Network and Google Maps sheds some light on eco-friendly vacation spots in several big holiday destinations. This week on ENN Radio, Jerry Kay speaks with the Earth Day Network’s Laurie Howell, about this exciting marriage of technology and environment.

Oxygen starved fish more likely to be male

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Research in Hong Kong has shown that waterways choked with pollution and lacking in oxygen are potentially wiping out their aquatic populations over the generations by altering the sexual development of fish.

Rivers of unwanted wine to turn into biofuel

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European vehicles will be running on distilled French and Italian wine again this summer as the upcoming season’s surplus production from European vineyards is turned into biofuel.

Brownfields slow to go green

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A state program aims at redeveloping abandoned sites; but critics are finding reasons for concern.

Oneida Co. gets more help for brownfields

Read the full story in the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Oneida County is getting $50,000 worth of help from the federal government to assess contaminated areas. The technical assistance to be provided by Community Action for a Renewed Environment is just the start for city and town officials to assess areas they believe to be contaminated, said Faye Rosselle, project coordinator for Oneida County and a consultant for the Oneida County Health Department.

Partners Moving to Establish Recreational Reuse of Former Riverfront Landfill

Read the full story in Kansas City infoZine.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department have hired a contractor who will develop ideas for potential recreational reuse of the former Riverfront Landfill.

Why Global Warming Matters

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The producer of Al Gore’s hit documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ explains why Americans need to start getting serious about the ways that we’re destroying the planet — before it’s too late.

Providence medical center turns green

Read the full story in the Portland Business Journal.

Providence Health System’s new medical center in Newberg will be the first hospital building in the United States to acquire enough renewable electric power to meet all its needs.

GM FlexFuel Vehicle Sales Triple in E85 Fuel Card Promotion Markets

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Sales of GM’s Chevrolet and GMC flexible-fuel vehicles (FFV) in the Chicago-Rockford and Minnesota markets more than tripled during May 2006 compared to year-ago levels. The two markets are heavily targeted areas of GM’s E85 marketing campaign and are also the markets where GM is offering its $1,000 E85 fuel card promotion. (Earlier post.)

Enhancing Yeast to Ferment Ethanol from Sugars from Cellulosic Biomass

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Researchers at Delft University of Technology are genetically modifying Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) to enable the anaerobic fermentation of xylose—a sugar derived from cellulosic material—as well as glucose into ethanol. Most fermentative yeasts cannot convert xylose into ethanol—that’s a bottleneck for the development of the production of cellulosic ethanol. Those yeasts that can don’t do so very effectively.

Citation for the research paper

“Evolutionary engineering of mixed-sugar utilization by a xylose-fermenting Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain”; Marko Kuyper, Maurice J. Toirkens, Jasper A. Diderich, Aaron A. Winkler, Johannes P. van Dijken, Jack T. Pronk; FEMS Yeast Research, Volume 5 Page 925–July 2005; doi:10.1016/j.femsyr.2005.04.004

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