Sci/tech

Iowa Wind Farm Expansion Planned
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

MidAmerican Energy Co. is proposing to expand the wind farm it is building in Iowa -- a project that already is one of the largest on land.

EarthTalk: Are There Any Car-Free Cities in the World?
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Economically speaking, residents of sprawling cities such as Houston and Atlanta spend an average of 22 percent of their annual income on automobile and related expenses. Cars aren't so great for business, either: A recent study of 32 German cities concluded that fewer cars allowed into a city meant increased foot traffic and more retail sales.

GM Wary on Hybrids
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune

Why has General Motors been slow to respond in developing gas/electric cars?

Traffic Barred for a Day in Milan and Some 130 Cities across Northern Italy
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Cars were banned in Milan, Verona and some other 130 cities and towns across northern Italy Sunday to lower air-pollution levels.

Mexico's State Oil Company Faces Crumbling Infrastructure, Spills
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Alejandro Mendoza, a supervisor for Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil company, gazes out at a pipeline that dumped thousands of barrels of crude into the Coatzacoalcos river.

Workers Try to Contain Oil from Sunken Tanker in Chicago Canal
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

A day after a barge exploded and sank in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, authorities suspended their search for a missing crew member and worked to contain the viscous petroleum byproduct that oozed from the wreckage.

Maine Forestlands in Times of Change
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb,Bangor Daily News, Maine

Maine's North Woods are in a time of transition with huge swaths of land changing hands almost weekly, paper mills struggling to survive in a new global market, and multimillion-dollar homes being constructed inside a vast wilderness.

Canada Can Learn from California
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

To mandate or not to mandate, that is the question. At least, that is the question Canada's environment minister, Stéphan Dion, is asking in regards to fuel efficiency standards for new cars sold in Canada.

Army to Study Possibility of Weapons Move, after Assuring it Wouldn't Happen
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Norton, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Despite assurances given Tuesday to Colorado's U.S. senators that chemical weapons would not be moved out of the Pueblo Chemical Depot, the Army is going ahead with plans to study the possibility of shipping chemical weapons around the country and has halted all construction work on a disposal facility here.

Dow Chemical, Michigan Approve Plan on Dioxin
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Dow Chemical Co. will take immediate steps to protect residents from dioxin in three Midland neighborhoods and part of the Tittabawassee River valley, the company and the state announced Wednesday.

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