Eco-Friendlier Rail Engine
August 7, 2007 04:22 PM - By Paul Schaefer, ENN

The railroads are getting greener too. Diesel rail engine manufacturer MTU Detroit Diesel received EPA certification today for a new, eco-friendlier high-speed rail engine. The low-emission 2250 horsepower engine is optimized for the rail industry and meets EPA's Tier 2 emission standard.

New Poll: Nine Of 10 Americans Favor Ban On Texting While Driving
August 7, 2007 12:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Driving While Texting (DWT) is as dangerous as driving after a couple of drinks, say 91 percent of people in a new survey.

The Dawn of Advanced Green Composites
August 6, 2007 03:49 PM - Anil N. Netravali, PhD., Cornell University

Significant amounts of research is being conducted to develop environment-friendly and fully sustainable 'Green' polymers, resins and composites that do not use petroleum as the feedstock but are based on sustainable sources such as plants.

Zero Emission Electric Vechicle Meets American Roads on Two Wheels
August 1, 2007 06:14 PM - By Bruce Mulliken, Green Energy News, Private Landowner Network

It may be a few more years before a high-performance all-electric vehicle like the Tesla sports car is available for Joe (or Josephine) Average consumer. At the better part of $100,000 the Tesla is intended for the green-minded well-to-do, not the rest of us. But if a four wheeled electric vehicle is out of reach, what about one with two?

Five Chlorine Plants Refuse Mercury-Free Technology
July 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Oceana

Five chlorine plants that are among the top mercury polluters in the United States would reap economic benefits if they eliminated mercury in chlorine production, Oceana ( said today in a new report. The report analyzed over 115 chlorine plants that are shifting or have successfully shifted from mercury-based technology.

Astronauts Toss Space Junk
July 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

Two astronauts ventured outside the international space station Monday to rid it of some large pieces of junk. NASA spacewalker Clayton Anderson, a sportsman who enjoys officiating basketball back on Earth, had the chore of heaving a 1,400-pound, refrigerator-size ammonia tank overboard.

Space Station Crew Prepare to Dump Space Junk
July 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Irene Klotz, Reuters

Two crewmen aboard the International Space Station Thursday prepared for a spacewalk during which more than 1,600 pounds of obsolete gear will be tossed overboard and left to burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

Experts Plan Rating System for El Nino
July 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Hurricanes and tornadoes have popular rating scales that help people understand their power. Now, weather experts are planning a similar way to measure the El Nino phenomena that affect climate worldwide.

System Relies on Ice To Chill Buildings
July 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Colleen Long, Associated Press

Some office towers and buildings have found a way to stay cool while keeping the AC to a minimum -- by using an energy-saving system that relies on blocks of ice to pump chilly air through buildings.

Navy Wins Permission To Keep Using Newer Sonar Technology, over Environmentalist Concerns
July 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

The federal government wants to extend by five years its rules allowing the Navy to use a new low-frequency sonar, despite objections from environmentalists that the technology may harm whales and dolphins.

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