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Energy Experts Suggest New Guidelines on Mileage, Greenhouse Gases
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - David Ivanovich, Houston Chronicle

Hoping to break the national impasse over energy, a panel of experts today will call for limits on greenhouse gas emissions, tougher car mileage rules and a financial safety net for companies building a gas pipeline from Alaska.

U.S. Economy Shrugs off Soaring Oil Prices
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles Stein, The Boston Globe

Despite a huge run-up in oil prices this year, the resilient American economy has continued to grow at brisk pace, defying predictions of an oil-related slowdown.

Automakers Sue California over New Pollution Limits
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Kerry Cavanaugh, Daily News, Los Angeles

Nine automakers sued Tuesday to block California's new global warming vehicle pollution limits, claiming the state overstepped its bounds and could force consumers to pay thousands more for new cars.

Giant Pacific Octopus Doesn't Give Up on Motherhood
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

It was a May-December romance that really had legs: Young Aurora, a female giant octopus and her aging cephalopod suitor J-1 were thrown together for a blind date seven months ago by aquarists who hoped the two would mate.

North Carolina 'Tinkerer' Recycles Automotive Antifreeze, Sells it Back to Shops
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Bonner, The Herald-Sun

All but worthless in itself, used motor oil became valuable enough 20 years ago that a network developed to link auto repair shops with re-refiners who turned waste oil into fuel or an ingredient in asphalt.

Japanese Automakers Continue to Produce Greenest Vehicles, Report Says
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

Japanese manufacturers continue to make the cleanest-burning vehicles, but automakers are generally doing a poor job in lowering emissions that contribute to global warming, an environmental group said Tuesday.

'Hero of the Planet' Engineer Puts 'Green' Mark on Building Design
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Randy Gragg, Philadelphia Daily News

William McDonough is trying to change the way the world works. McDonough calls "cradle to grave" the Industrial Revolution model of extracting natural resources for products destined for the landfill.

India's Highest Court Orders Coke, Pepsi to Print Pesticide Residue Levels
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Coca Cola and Pepsi sold in India must carry a consumer warning after the nation's Supreme Court said tests of the soft drinks bottled locally turned up high levels of pesticides, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Experts Urge Action to Save Threatened Fish Species in British Waters
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael McDonough, Associated Press

Fishing should be banned in almost a third of British waters to protect the marine environment and save threatened fish species, a panel of experts said Tuesday.

Congress Acts to Preserve Money for Environmental Farming
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The House voted Monday to protect aid to farmers who convert to environmentally sound practices.

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