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Toyota to Launch World's 1st Hybrid Luxury Vehicle in U.S.
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will launch the world's first luxury hybrid sport utility vehicle, the Lexus RX 400h, in the United States in April, following a delay caused by soaring demand from environmentally conscious consumers.

Wind Energy a Goal in State
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Chicago Tribune

Less than a month after Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration approved a controversial coal-fired power plant, the governor plans to call for more of the state's electricity to come from wind turbines and other renewable sources.

West Texas Woodlands Make Conservation 'Hot' List
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

A rugged and mountainous terrain stretching from southern Mexico into the southwestern United States, and including some of West Texas' highest peaks, will officially be named today as one of the most biologically diverse and most severely threatened places on the planet.

Lockyer Sues Over U.S. Timber Plan
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday in a bid to stop it from scrapping a logging plan for the Sierra Nevada and replacing it with one that he said is designed to maximize logging and profits from 11.5 million acres of California forests.

Students Worldwide to Learn about Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

Fourteen-year-old Kristen Magee knows all too well about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands. Her family's fishing camp had lots of land around it five years ago. Now there's almost none.

Conservation Deal Takes Unusual Tack
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Rojas-Burke, The Oregonian

A string of privately owned islands on the Columbia River near Longview, Wash., has been set aside for wildlife conservation, adding to a growing corridor of marshes, forests and flood plains managed by the Vancouver-based Columbia Land Trust.

India Way Down on World Green Index
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - The Times of India

India is all set to be the next economic superpower, but it is still bottom of the class in conserving natural resources and providing clean drinking water. A new environment sustainability index ranks India as one of the worst polluters, rating it 101 of 146 countries when assessed on parameters like air pollution, biodiversity and water quality.

EU Reports Thinning Ozone Layer over Arctic; Possible Threat to Human Health
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

Record low temperatures over the North Pole are thinning the protective ozone layer, a condition which could affect human health in northern countries and even central European nations, the European Union warned Monday.

Farmers Looking at Methane Digesters to Create Energy from Cow Manure
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Laurie Savage, The Frederick News-Post

Frederick County farmers are assessing the viability of methane digesters on their farms to save money, better utilize their resources and help the environment. Digesters capture gases from cattle manure to turn into energy.

EU Commission Proposes Phasing out Exports to Combat Mercury Pollution
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission announced plans Monday to reduce mercury pollution, including phasing out all mercury exports by 2011.

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