Wal-Mart Experiments with Environmentally Friendly Store in Texas
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Quinn, Associated Press
Wal-Mart is experimenting with its first environmentally friendly store as it searches for ways to conserve resources and save money. The world's largest retailer was scheduled to open a 206,000-square-foot building Wednesday that will include features such as a 120-foot tall wind turbine that will produce about 5 percent of the store's energy and a rainwater harvesting pond designed to provide 95 percent of the water needed for irrigation.
California Firms Adapt to New Electronic-Waste Recycling Rules
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Karl Schoenberger, San Jose Mercury News
California's pioneering electronic-waste recycling law was as confusing for the big recycling operators as it was for collectors and consumers when it went into force at the beginning of the year. But after struggling with vague regulations and burdensome red tape during the first six months of operation, recyclers say the system is starting to work.
New Futures Market Gambles on Hurricanes
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Denise Kalette, Associated Press
A trio of University of Miami professors are betting on a new way to predict where a hurricane will hit, an unorthodox approach they believe could help people living along the storm's path decide whether to evacuate.
Ford Shedding Electric Trucks
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Thuy-Doan Le, Sacramento Bee
Drivers who formerly leased an electric-powered Ford Ranger truck will have a chance to purchase one for $6,000 in a lottery system this fall, Ford Motor Co. said. The plan is in response to public protests that Ford was discontinuing the program and sending the trucks to the scrap heap after the lease.
Auto Club: Gas Prices Climb Nearly 22 Cents in One Month; July Price is within 5 Cents of Record Monthly Average
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
Southern California's average price for regular gasoline rose nearly 22 cents during the past month to come within 5 cents of the all-time record monthly average, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.
NSTAR Reports Record Energy Use During Heatwave
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
With high temperatures and oppressive humidity bearing down on New England, NSTAR Electric & Gas yesterday set a new all-time record for electricity delivered to its 1.1 million electric customers.
Chirac Asks French Not to Waste Water During Summer Dry Spell
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
President Jacques Chirac urged the French on Monday not to waste water as the country copes with a spell of sizzling, arid weather that has forced several regions to impose restrictions to conserve water.
Drinking Water Tax Urged
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Derek Rose, Daily News
If New Yorkers want clean drinking water, they should ante up and pay for it. That's the word from Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi, who has suggested New York City residents chip in $2 a year each to keep oil, pesticides and septic waste out of their upstate water supply.
Officials Claim Japan Used Aid Promises to Win Support for Commercial Whaling
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press
Japan used promises of aid to buy support from impoverished nations for its bid to overturn an international ban on commercial whaling, former officials from three such countries have said.
Animal Rights Groups Back U.S. Bill to Make Antifreeze Bitter
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
A pack of dogs joined forces with industry and consumer groups Monday to urge Congress to pass legislation requiring antifreeze manufacturers to make their otherwise sweet tasting product less appealing to animals and children.