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Solar Water Heating: How California Can Reduce Its Dependence on Natural Gas

Solar hot water systems capture energy from the sun to heat water for homes and businesses, thereby displacing the use of natural gas, or in some cases electricity, with free and limitless solar energy. Solar hot water could save California 1.2 billion therms of natural gas a year, the equivalent of 24 percent of all gas use in homes. To prevent global warming pollution, re­duce dependence on imported fuel, and ease the price of natural gas, California should act now by jumpstarting a main­stream market for solar hot water.

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Challenging Nuclear Power in the States

Capitalizing on rising energy prices, growing concern about global warming, and a favorable political climate, the nuclear industry is working to achieve a "nuclear renaissance." After 30 years without a single new order for a nuclear power plant in the U.S., several companies are now in the early stages of proposing new nuclear power plants. Meanwhile, federal officials have begun routinely approving requests to run existing nuclear plants harder and longer than ever.

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Toxic Baby Bottles

Products marketed for infants and children are not always completely safe for their use. Many contain toxic chemicals that may have detrimental health impacts for children exposed during critical stages of development. In this report, we analyze the extent to which five popular brands of baby bottles leach bisphenol A, a developmental, neural, and reproductive toxicant, into liquids coming into contact with them.  We found that all five brands leach bisphenol A at dangerous levels found to cause harm in numerous laboratory animal studies.

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Renewable energy gains still far off, reports show

California's utilities are falling behind schedule in meeting a deadline that 20% of their electricity must come from renewable resources by 2010, newly issued reports from two energy agencies show.

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Edison agrees to huge wind power deal

Placing a big bet on the wind, Southern California Edison Co. said Thursday that it would buy the power produced by a massive Tehachapi energy project that would dwarf the nation's largest such operations.

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