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Is the Smart Car Smart? Americans Are Unconvinced
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Abha Bhattarai, Reuters

In a quick survey of Americans in New York's Times Square on Wednesday, as many people saw the tiny Smart car as ugly as found it cool and cute. And there were also concerns about safety and the lack of space -- for baggage or people.

Japan to Fight Global Warming, Oil Prices by Replacing Gas Cars with Ethanol Ones by 2030
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Hans Greimel, Associated Press

Japan plans to fight global warming and surging oil prices by requiring that all vehicles be able to run on an environment-friendly mix of ethanol and regular gasoline by 2030, an official said Thursday.

Scores of Dead Birds Wash up Along California Beach
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

Rescuers with the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro collected the bodies of about 200 Caspian and elegant terns -- all of them babies -- after getting calls from lifeguards at a beach near Los Angeles.

House Makes Another Try to End Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Ban
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Hoping that states will be enticed by billions of dollars in potential oil and gas royalties, lawmakers say they have a good chance to end a drilling ban that was enacted a quarter-century ago on most of the country's offshore waters.

GAO Says EPA Suffers from Chronic Management Problems
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not enforce clean air and water laws consistently and is crippled by sloppy record keeping, the investigative arm of Congress told a Senate panel on Wednesday.

U.S. Group Launches Effort to Establish Wildlife Reserves in Afghanistan
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A conservation group said Thursday it is launching an effort to establish wildlife reserves in war-torn Afghanistan, where conservationist efforts have largely been sidelined by the government's long-running battle with the Taliban.

Big Three Cars Emit 230 Million Tons of Greenhouse Gas
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Cars built by the Big Three automakers gave off 230 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the United States in a year, more than the biggest U.S. electric utility, environmental researchers said Wednesday.

Marine Parks Failing to Protect Coral Reefs
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Marine parks are failing to protect the world's coral reefs, a prominent New Zealand researcher said Wednesday, with fewer than 2 percent receiving adequate protection from these sanctuaries.

Oregon Timber Sale Awarded as Efforts to Stop It Continue
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

A timber sale in a national forest roadless area has been awarded to a logging contractor, despite efforts by conservation groups and the governor to stop it.

U.S. Automakers to Double Production of Flexible-Fuel Vehicles
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

U.S. automakers said Wednesday they will double production of flexible-fuel vehicles by 2010, adding vehicles capable of running on ethanol blends and other biofuels and reducing dependence upon foreign oil.

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