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EarthTalk: Are There Any Car-Free Cities in the World?
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Economically speaking, residents of sprawling cities such as Houston and Atlanta spend an average of 22 percent of their annual income on automobile and related expenses. Cars aren't so great for business, either: A recent study of 32 German cities concluded that fewer cars allowed into a city meant increased foot traffic and more retail sales.

Growing Demand for Liquefied Natural Gas Raises Safety Questions
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Once or twice a week, a tanker unloads millions of gallons of frosty liquid at a terminal on the Chesapeake Bay, bringing to the United States a fuel that many economists believe will help temper energy prices in the coming decades.

Notes from Anna: Bird’s Eye Views -- A Perspective on Eco-Ethics
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

Years ago when I was in middle school I went with my class to an exhibit of paintings by Nicholas Roerich, hosted by the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies. I felt an emotion that I could not identify, as I walked through the exhibit space with rows of canvases depicting the views of Himalaya Mountains, painted by Roerich during his stay with his family in that region. The radiant skies and the snow-covered slopes, painted under varied light of different times of day, in vivid pigment, seemed to oxygenate the air in the room.

Government to Allow Oil Exploration in Ecologically Sensitive Alaska Area
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Citing a need for domestic energy, the government plans to open for exploratory drilling thousands of acres on Alaska's North Slope that have been protected for decades because of migratory birds and caribou.

EPA Offers to Limit Fines to Factory-Style Farms in Exchange for Data
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Seeking data to enforce clean-air laws and possibly develop future regulations, the government on Friday told farms that generate huge amounts of animal waste they can escape potentially large fines if their air pollution is monitored.

GM Wary on Hybrids
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune

Why has General Motors been slow to respond in developing gas/electric cars?

Traffic Barred for a Day in Milan and Some 130 Cities across Northern Italy
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Cars were banned in Milan, Verona and some other 130 cities and towns across northern Italy Sunday to lower air-pollution levels.

Mexico's State Oil Company Faces Crumbling Infrastructure, Spills
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Alejandro Mendoza, a supervisor for Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil company, gazes out at a pipeline that dumped thousands of barrels of crude into the Coatzacoalcos river.

EPA Plans to Exempt Livestock, Poultry Feed Lots from Air Pollution Fines
January 22, 2005 12:00 AM - David Whitney, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Friday to exempt livestock and poultry operations from future air pollution fines under the Clean Air Act if they agree to pay to finance studies that could lead to new regulations in the next decade or so.

U.N. Says Asian Tsunami Caused Severe Environmental Damage in Indonesia
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Last month's devastating Asian tsunami caused US$675 million (euro522 million) in environmental damage in Indonesia, wrecking mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass beds while hobbling sewerage and other vital systems, the U.N. environmental agency said Friday.

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