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Toyota Hybrid Prius Wins European Car of Year Award
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, has been awarded 2005 European Car of the Year.

New Technology to Transform Harvest Waste into Ethanol, Plastic
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

A biotechnology breakthrough has the potential to transform the harvested corn and wheat fields of the Great Plains into the equivalent of the oil fields of the Middle East.

Norwalk, Conn., Home-Heating Oil Company Turns Up Bioheat with Soybean Oil
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Ragouzeos, The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.

Abandon toxic oil and turn up the heat with beans. Yes, beans. Soybeans. Local home-heating oil company Devine Bros. is venturing into a new energy source: a revolutionary alternative home heating oil that has greater lubricity and performance standards. The new fuel is compatible with current heating systems and is environmentally friendly — comprised, in part, by soybeans.

Environmental Leaders Predict States, Business Will Force Global Warming Curbs
November 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Stevenson Swanson, Chicago Tribune

With the re-election of President Bush, state governments and big business will likely be the biggest forces over the next four years to craft new policies and develop innovative technologies aimed at reducing U.S. emissions of the gases scientists say are causing global warming.

Ford's New, 'Earth-Friendly' Plant Wins Grudging Notice from Environmentalists
November 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Hammonds, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Can a producer of gas-burning, pollutant-emitting vehicles and people concerned about the environment ever learn to like each other? Probably not, but even ardent environmentalists are giving Ford Motor Co. high marks for its newest plant — even if they don't much care for what it makes.

Danbury, Conn.-Based FuelCell Energy Plans Private Stock Offering
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - The Hartford Courant, Conn.

FuelCell Energy Inc. of Danbury said Wednesday it plans a private offering of $75 million in preferred convertible stock to help finance development and commercialization of its fuel cell power generators.

Labeling of U.S. Corn is Sought
November 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Edie Lau, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

An international review of a controversy over bioengineered genes in Mexican corn recommends that Mexico combat the biotech intrusion by requiring labeling or milling of kernels imported from countries such as the United States.

EPA Pressed to Set Mercury Limits for Cement Factories
November 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

Four years ago, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on the amount of mercury cement factories may discharge into the air.

Bush Stands by Rejection of Limits on Gases Blamed for Global Warming
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

President Bush is holding fast to his rejection of mandatory curbs on greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming, despite a fresh report from 300 scientists in the United States and seven other nations that shows Arctic temperatures are rising.

Utah Workshop Advocates Eco-Friendly Businesses
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Rosemary Winters, The Salt Lake Tribune

Many businesses struggle to make even the smallest advances in recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation or other environmental initiatives.

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