Rental Car Companies Hertz, Avis Announce Plans To Boost Hybrid Fleets
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Bree Fowler, Associated Press
Hertz Global Holdings Inc. said Thursday it will spend $68 million to add 3,400 Toyota Prius hybrids to its fleets by 2008. And Avis Budget Group Inc. said this week it plans to make 1,000 hybrid Prius vehicles available for rent as early as next week.
Senate Debates Requirement for Utilities To Use More Renewable Fuels
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
Senate Democrats proposed a requirement Wednesday that 15 percent of the nation's electricity be produced by wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources. Democrats were trying to include the renewable fuel requirements on a broader energy bill before the Senate, but they faced strong opposition from senators who worried that such a national mandate would raise electricity costs in some states.
China Dresses Down Office Workers in Bid To Save Energy
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
China has urged office workers to wear T-shirts instead of suits so that air-conditioners can be turned down to save energy, state media said on Thursday. The news comes in a week some central government offices suffered a day without air-conditioning as they warmed to a campaign to cut energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.
Kofi Annan Named as Head of New Body To Boost Agriculture in Africa
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is to head a new organization intended to boost agricultural production in Africa and curb mounting hunger, soil erosion and lack of water.
Red and Pink Corals Get U.N. Trade Protection
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Trade in red and pink corals prized as jewellery for 5,000 years will be restricted to try to help the species recover after drastic over-exploitation, a U.N. wildlife conference agreed on Wednesday.
Mexico Sends Police, Soldiers To Detain Illegal Loggers South of Capital
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
More than 1,000 officers, soldiers and federal agents arrested three men Monday as they were sent to detain illegal loggers in a mountain region south of Mexico City where an environmentalist was killed last month.
Past Contaminated Water at Lejeune Suspected in Death and Illness
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Rita Beamish, Associated Press
Thousands of Marines and their families went to serve their country at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune. Instead, many wound up fighting it, blaming the government for failing to protect them from an enemy that invaded their lives in a most intimate way: through the water that quenched their thirst, cooked their food and filled their bathtubs every day.
Cedar, Rosewood Fail To Win Protection at U.N. Talks
June 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters
Bids to curb logging of South and Central American cedar and rosewood trees, the source of some of the world's most valuable timber, failed on Thursday at a United Nations wildlife meeting.
Dredging May Not Eliminate Contaminants
June 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Contaminated sediments in rivers and bays from coast to coast pose an environmental hazard, and while dredging reduces the sediment it doesn't always solve the problem, the National Research Council reported Tuesday.
One-Third of U.S. Water Estuaries in Bad Shape
June 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Lisa Lambert, Reuters
More than one-third of the coastal waters that link America's rivers and oceans are in poor condition, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a report Tuesday, with Puerto Rico and the Northeast coast faring the worst.