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World Bank Says Polluted Air, Water a Growing Health Threat in East Asian Cities
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rapid urbanization is causing water and air pollution that poses an increasing threat to the health of people in East Asia's booming cities, the World Bank said Friday, citing two new reports on the environment.

Bush, Canceling Earth Day Visit to the Smokies, Pushes for 'Clear Skies' Legislation
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Heavy storms and high winds blocked President Bush's Earth Day plan to get his hands dirty fixing trails. He missed Great Smoky Mountains National Park but still delivered his plea for better stewardship of the environment.

California Town's Water Tainted by Perchlorate; 36 States Face Contamination
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Like dozens of other towns nationwide, this working-class suburb is facing an emerging threat of uncertain dimensions -- a chemical used in rocket fuel and defense manufacturing that has befouled nearly half its drinking water supply.

New Nukes? No Thanks.
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Clarke, Earth Island Institute

(By Chris Clarke) James Lovelock, the British scientist best known for his co-authorship of the Gaia hypothesis, has turned heads recently with searing essays exhorting environmentalists to drop their opposition to nuclear power. An odd opinion for an environmental icon? Not from Lovelock's perspective.

Walk Your Dog Three Times a Day or Be Fined, Says Turin
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Dog owners in Turin will be fined up to 500 euros ($650) if they don't walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city's council.

Safety of Nuclear Power Plants Remains Emotional Issue in Energy Debate
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Henry, The Blade

Nuclear power provides a fifth of America's electricity. It provides close to all of the power in France and Japan. China, now one of the most rapidly developing nations, has announced plans to build nuclear plants in its country at a pace of nearly one every two years for the next two decades.

Home Vehicle Refueling Becomes a Convenient Alternative
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune

With the first natural gas refueling stations now available for home garages, Honda has begun selling a limited number of natural-gas-powered Civic GX cars to retail customers in California.

Upgrades Turn Scottsdale, Ariz., Building Green
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Taylor, The Tribune

A building in the General Dynamics C4 Systems complex in Scottsdale has officially achieved "Green Building" status after efficiency improvements in its water and energy systems.

Views on Ecology Law Mixed
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Camden, The Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review

The 35-year-old National Environmental Policy Act is either an important protection the public has from out-of-control government or an excuse for out-of-touch bureaucrats to delay and disrupt worthwhile developments.

Toyota Gets Triple the Orders it Expected for Hybrid SUVs
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday orders for its two new models of gasoline-electric hybrid sport utility vehicles were three times its initial monthly projection of 1,000 units.

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