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FUTUREGEN, WORLD’S CLEANEST COAL PLANT, SITED IN ILLINOIS

WASHINGTON, DC, December 18, 2007 (ENS)A consortium of some of
the world’s largest coal companies and electric utilities has selected
the small east-central Illinois town of Mattoon for FutureGen, a $1.4
billion coal-fueled power plant that is planned as the cleanest in the
world. The FutureGen Alliance today announced that Mattoon was chosen
over three other sites in Tuscola, Illinois; Jewett, Texas; and Odessa,
Texas.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-18-01.asp



TWO NEW MAMMALS FOUND IN REMOTE NEW GUINEA

ARLINGTON, Virginia, December 18, 2007 (ENS)A miniscule possum
and an enormous rat were recorded by scientists as probable new species
on a recent expedition to a remote and virtually unknown area of
Indonesia in the pristine wilderness of western New Guinea’s Foja
Mountains. “It’s comforting to know that there is a place on earth so
isolated that it remains the absolute realm of wild nature,” said
Conservation International Vice President Bruce Beehler, who led the
expedition.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-18-03.asp



SENATE PASSES FARM BILL STRONG ON BIOENERGY, CONSERVATION

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2007 (ENS) – The U.S. Senate Friday
approved a $286 billion farm bill shepherded through by Senator Tom
Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the Agriculture Committee. The measure
improves farm income protection and makes investments for the future in
energy, conservation, nutrition and rural development initiatives. The
final vote count was 79-14, more than enough to turn back a veto threat
by President Bush.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-17-01.asp



COUNTRIES AGREE TO WRITE NEW CLIMATE ACTION PACT

NUSA DUA Bali, Indonesia, December 15, 2007 (ENS)Governments
meeting in Bali today agreed to launch negotiations towards a
strengthened international climate change pact as a successor to the
Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012. “This is a real
breakthrough, a real opportunity for the international community to
successfully fight climate change,” said Indonesian Environment
Minister and President of the conference, Rachmat Witoelar.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-15-01.asp

Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

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