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GM's Fuel-Cell Cars Still Face Obstacles
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune

General Motors Corp. says one problem has been solved, but two remain in making hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered vehicles viable by the automaker's 2010 target.

Silicon Valley Players Seek Breakthroughs in Alternative-Power Technology
January 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Marshall, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

Until recently, the energy business didn't hold much appeal for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs — too old-world, too regulated, too, well, unenergetic.

Hull, Mass., Aims to Build High-Tech Water Desalination Plant
January 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Jenn Abelson, The Boston Globe

Hull officials are seeking proposals that would enable the town to draw its drinking water from the ocean and possibly build the nation's first wind-powered desalination plant.

3 Orangeburg, S.C.-Area Plants Release Cancer-Causing Pollutants
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C.

Three Times and Democrat Region industrial facilities ranked in the top 100 nationally for releases of cancer-causing pollutants for 2002, according to a report released Wednesday by the Environmental Defense agency.

Fort Worth, Texas, Approves Natural-Gas Drilling Under Parks
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ts

Drilling for natural gas could begin this summer under three city-owned parks under an agreement between the city and a Dallas-based oil and gas company.

Portland, Ore.-Based Crown Pacific's Creditors Take Over 522,000 Acres
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Manning, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Crown Pacific Partners on Dec. 31 transferred 522,000 acres to a new company, Cascade Timberlands LLC, owned by Crown's major creditors.

Carolinas Work to Make Coastal Protection Plans' Recommendations Reality
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Brock Vergakis, The Sun News

The Carolinas are starting the new year with expanded blueprints for protecting their coastal environments and the billions of dollars in revenue from fisheries and tourism that come along with it.

Brown Deer, Wis., Firm Finds Niche in Global Air Pollution Control
January 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

At a time when many Wisconsin companies are alarmed about business and technology being exported to Asia, a small Brown Deer firm is proving that it can compete overseas through contracts in Taiwan, Korea and China.

Pyramid Decision will Shape Food Industry
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Delroy Alexander, Chicago Tribune

About 80 percent of Americans recognize the food pyramid -- the triangular reminder to build a diet on whole grains, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, have some meat and sprinkle in a few sweets -- but only about 4 percent actually use it, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Farm Uses Waste Cooking Oil to Heat its Greenhouse
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Tess Nacelewicz, Portland Press Herald

Ralph and Lisa Turner of Laughing Stock Farm have a new recipe for salad this winter: Take a vat of used cooking oil from restaurants, strain out food bits ranging from bread crumbs to chicken bones, then use it as fuel to heat a greenhouse.

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