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Branson Commits $3 Billion to Fight Global Warming
September 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Billionaire Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson Thursday committed an estimated $3 billion over the next 10 years, or all of the profits from his airline and rail businesses, to combating global warming.

U.N. Says Waste Dumped in Ivory Coast Violated International Agreements
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Pauline Bax, Associated Press

A U.N. expert on Tuesday called the dumping of chemical residue in Ivory Coast a clear violation of international hazardous waste agreements.

Bumps on the Road for U.S. Ethanol Vehicles
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Driving flex-fuel sports utility vehicles on E85 15,000 miles (24,000 km) a year can cost consumers an additional $400 per year, according to the Department of Energy.

Science Group Backs NASA Lunar Plans
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A panel of scientists strongly endorsed NASA's plans to return to the moon, saying in a report Tuesday that lunar exploration will open the way toward broader studies of the Earth and solar system.

China Needs To Break Ties Between Polluting Industry, Local Officials
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China needs to break ties between polluting industries and local officials if it is to succeed in cleaning up its badly tainted water supplies, the founder of a new environmental group said Tuesday.

Tainted Spinach Leads to Calls for More Oversight of Farms and Packaging Plants
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Leafy vegetables are the second leading source of E. coli infections in the United States, behind ground beef, but the government relies primarily on voluntary safety steps by farmers and packagers to prevent outbreaks.

Iowa Company Turns to Ammonia for Fuel
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - David Pitt, Associated Press

An Iowa alternative fuel engine manufacturer has reached an agreement with an irrigation pump maker in California to make the world's first ammonia-powered irrigation pump system.

Economists Say Falling Energy Prices May Feel Good, but Aren't a Panacea
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Brad Foss, Associated Press

It should only be this simple: Oil prices plunge 20 percent, leading businesses and consumers to ramp up their spending, which gives a nice jolt to the economy.

EPA Inspector Criticizes Agency on Fairness of Reviews
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency is not conducting required reviews to ensure that low-income and minority neighborhoods get the same environmental protection as other communities, its inspector general reported.

Minority of FT 500 Firms Shun Climate Change Survey
September 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Sinead Carew and Gerard Wynn, Reuters

Some of the world's top companies did not respond to a survey about how they were dealing with climate change issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) said Monday.

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