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The Short Path to Oil Independence -- An ENN Commentary
January 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute

With the price of oil above $50 a barrel, with political instability in the Middle East on the rise, and with little slack in the world oil economy, we need a new energy strategy. Fortunately, the outline of a new strategy is emerging with two new technologies.

Toyota Unveils Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Hybrid Bus Before Expo
January 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled on Monday a next-generation hydrogen-powered fuel cell hybrid-electric bus which will carry visitors during the 2005 Aichi World Exposition, which opens March 25.

EPA, Mining Firm Cut Deal, but Some Residents are Leery
January 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Baird, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Environmental Protection Agency and a Utah mining company have reached a $60 million settlement in the cleanup of the Eureka Mills Superfund site in Juab County.

Texas, Mexican Officials Discuss Landfill Fire Problem
January 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer C. Smith, The Monitor, McAllen, Texas

The U.S. federal government is working with Texas state officials, Mexican environmental agencies and Mexican officials to address landfill fires like the one in Matamoros on Tuesday.

Canada Split over Restrictions on Car Emissions
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The two Canadian ministers negotiating with car makers over cuts in emissions are split on what to do, with one favoring binding restrictions and the other saying he wants the talks to continue.

Umbra Schools a Student Who Needs Sturdy, Eco-Friendly Bags
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

An energetic high-school activist tells Umbra he's in desperate need of eco-friendly, reusable bags -- of the large and cheap variety -- so he and his green-leaning peers can collect used paper for their school recycling club. In spite of her New Year's resolution not to answer any more recycling questions, Umbra succumbs to her young supplicant's charm and saves the day with sage advice -- in Ask Umbra, today on the Grist Magazine website.

Bear Hunting Debate Shifts to Outlawing Traps
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

It seems that legislators aren't ready to let go of last fall's failed referendum proposing a ban on bear hunting with bait, dogs and traps, as more than a dozen bills proposing changes to Maine's bear hunt are on tap for the 122nd Legislature.

ConocoPhillips Reaches Clean Air Settlement Requiring $525 Million in Pollution Controls
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Sherman, Associated Press

ConocoPhillips will install $525 million in pollution controls at nine refineries and pay a $4.5 million fine to settle a federal lawsuit alleging Clean Air Act violations, the Bush administration announced Thursday.

Nordic Countries Claim Four of Top Five Spots in Environmental Sustainability Survey
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Moore, Associated Press

The Nordic countries ranked highest in environmental sustainability, a survey released Friday at the World Economic Forum reported.

Environmentalists Sue Feds To Stop Mining Companies from Dumping Mountain Tops into Valleys
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Roger Alford, Associated Press

Environmentalists have sued the federal government in an attempt to stop coal mining companies from lopping off the tops of mountains and dumping the rocks and dirt into valleys.

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