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FedEx chief sees U.S. slowdown, not steep decline
December 2, 2007 04:59 PM - Reuters

Higher fuel prices have "clearly cut into the ability of the American consumer, particularly the paycheck-to-paycheck consumer, to buy products in this country," FedEx Chief Executive Frederick Smith said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

Devout Cypriots pray for rain to end drought
December 2, 2007 05:47 AM - Reuters

"If we all pray with deep faith the Almighty shall heed us," Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II said in a circular sent out to all churches, quoting from the Gospel of St. John.

Chicago Water Authority Purchases 30 All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Cars
December 1, 2007 02:13 PM -

Chicago - The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, one of the nation’s largest water authorities, today announced that it has purchased 30 all-electric, low-speed MILES ZX40 cars as part of its strategy to slash fleet emissions and costs. The acquisition represents the largest purchase of MILES electric vehicles by a government agency. It is estimated that the vehicles will eliminate hundreds of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year in operation.

 

 

The ZX40 hatchbacks will be officially delivered to Water Authority Commissioners on Tuesday, November 27th at 12:00 p.m. during a ceremonial "plug-in," reflecting the fact that MILES cars and trucks are powered by industry-leading batteries that can be charged at any standard household or business outlet.

 

As energy-saver, clothesline makes a comeback
December 1, 2007 12:48 PM - , Big Green Purse

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – The first website that encourages women to use the power of their purse to protect

the environment will launch this Earth Day (April 22, 2007) with a call for women to make a billion-dollar ecoimpact

in the marketplace.www.biggreenpurse.com is the cornerstone of a national Big Green Purse

campaign urging one million women to intentionally shift at least $1,000 of money they already spend to

products and services that offer the greatest environmental benefit.

Estimates of U.S. HIV cases rise 50 percent: reports
December 1, 2007 08:20 AM - Reuters

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now believes the number of new HIV infections each year is between 55,000 and 60,000 -- up from the 40,000 figure used for the past decade, The Washington Post reported.

Texas mayors promote fluorescents as "state bulb"
November 30, 2007 07:51 PM - Reuters

To kick off a statewide campaign to get residents to replace old light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs, Texas mayors vowed to launch an effort to make the bulbs available, to encourage their use and to suggest that people give them as gifts for Christmas or other occasions.

Fed won't let market upset become calamity: Poole
November 30, 2007 07:49 PM - By Mark Felsenthal, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve would not hesitate to act to prevent financial strains from damaging the economy and any steps it does take are not made to shield investors, a top Fed official said on Friday.

Consumer spending flags, construction plummets
November 30, 2007 02:22 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer spending inched up by an unexpectedly small 0.2 percent last month and construction spending tumbled, according to reports on Friday that heightened concerns on the health of the economy.

UN: Rich countries driving 'ecological debt crisis'
November 30, 2007 09:16 AM - , SciDevNet

Developed countries are failing to meet Kyoto Protocol targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and must drastically cut them for the sake of poorer countries, says a UN report.

The authors argue that rich countries are driving an "ecological debt crisis", which will affect the world's poor earliest and hardest.

The Poo Theory of Life
November 30, 2007 09:06 AM - , Environmental Graffiti

The Cambrian period began a little over 500 million years ago. Before the Cambrian period, life on earth consisted of mostly single-celled organisms and bacteria. Afterwards the evolutionary ancestors of all the major groups of living things today were hanging around the planet. So what caused this evolutionary leap? According to one scientist, poop.

Biogeochemist Graham Logan published his opinion on the matter a few years ago. He points out that feces producing creatures, ones that ate food then excreted it like humans today, first arrived around 40 million years before the Cambrian period. He argued that their poo was what allowed oxygen levels to rise, and evolution to explode.

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