Hybrid Car Production Questions Abound for Toyota
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.
Toyota will make enough Prius hybrid cars this year to catch up to customer demand, and it'll decide by mid-year which hybrid model it will produce in the United States.
Kobe Steel to Halt Output of Steel Treated with Harmful Chemical
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo
Kobe Steel Ltd. said Wednesday it will halt production of hot-dip galvanized steel sheets treated with hexavalent chromium, a chemical used to boost corrosion resistance but widely seen as harmful to the environment.
Grant to Fund Groundwater Cleanup near Former Tire Plant in Windsor, Vt.
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Damien Fisher, Eagle Times, Claremont, N.H.
The former Goodyear plant could be getting some help from the federal government in the form of a $240,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant to clean up contaminated groundwater.
Device Could Cut Air Pollution at Long Beach, Calif., Port
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Eric Johnson, Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif.
Harbor Commissioners on Monday lauded the potential of new technology that may reduce
air pollution from giant ships docked at the Port of Long Beach by 90 percent or more.
Representatives of Oxnard-based Advanced Control Technology Inc. showed the commission details of the company's concept to capture diesel exhaust from ships by deploying a flexible hood over their smokestacks.
Tortoise Adopts Stray Hippo at Kenyan Sanctuary
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
A 120-year-old giant tortoise living in a Kenyan sanctuary has become inseparable from a baby hippo rescued by game wardens, officials said on Thursday.
Health Standard for Perchlorate in Drinking Water Too High, Panel Says
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
A panel of scientists concluded Monday that perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel and explosives, is safe for consumption at levels 20 times greater than the standard being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Tsunami Disaster in Focus as Island Meeting Opens
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalla and C. Bryson Hulll, Reuters
The Indian Ocean tsunami has pushed disaster early warning to the top of the agenda at a meeting of the world's small islands, potentially crowding out concerns about climate change and trade, some delegates say.
Device Could Cut Air Pollution at Long Beach, California Port
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Eric Johnson, Press-Telegram
Harbor Commissioners on Monday lauded the potential of new technology that may reduce air pollution from giant ships docked at the Port of Long Beach by 90 percent or more.
Residents Displaced by Chlorine Gas May Be Kept Away Longer
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Wilkinson, The State
Thousands of people evacuated last week when a train crash unleashed deadly chlorine gas might not return home Wednesday, as had been hoped.
EarthTalk: Is it True that Coastal Development Contributed to Greater Loss of Life from the Tsunami?
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
The tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in December was a natural catastrophe triggered by a massive undersea earthquake. But rampant coastal development in recent years--which removed the mangrove forests and coral reefs that had previously been abundant along shorelines--did contribute to the damage and death toll.