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Automakers Sue California over New Pollution Limits

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. >> Read the Full Article

Putting the Pieces Back Together

Scientists think that our species, Homo sapiens, emerged about 100,000 years ago somewhere in Africa. Imagine that back at the time, scientists in another galaxy had been searching the cosmos for life and discovered our solar system and Earth. So they park their spaceship above the Rift Valley in Africa and gaze at the vast expanse of lush forests, plains teeming with wildebeest, zebras, elephants and gazelles and rivers filled with hippos, crocs and flamingoes. >> Read the Full Article

Red Tide Algae Lurks in Gulf Coast

Scientists are tracking a 400 square-mile bloom of red tide algae lurking off the Gulf Coast, pointing to it as the likely cause of a mass fish kill and several dolphin deaths at the tip of the Florida peninsula. >> Read the Full Article

Maryland Firm Gets Extension for Toxic Cleanup in Peru

Violence erupted in La Oroya, Peru, this week as Doe Run Resources Corp. of Maryland Heights won an extension on its government-mandated plan to clean up toxic pollution at its metallurgical complex in the Andes Mountains. >> Read the Full Article

Interior Department's Steven Griles Resigns

Steven Griles, the former lobbyist who oversaw the Bush administration's push to open more public land to energy development, said Tuesday he was resigning as the Interior Department's No. 2 official. >> Read the Full Article

More Federal Money Needed for Energy Security, Panel Concludes

Future energy security will require development of new nuclear power plants, coal that is less polluting and tougher federal requirements on automobile fuel economy, a nonpartisan panel of energy experts says. >> Read the Full Article

United States Defends Global Warming Strategy at International Climate Summit

The United States stood by its refusal to sign a landmark global warming agreement, insisting at an environmental conference here that it is doing more to battle climate change than many nations. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Scientists Rank Honda First for Clean Cars for Third Time

A group of U.S. scientists on Tuesday gave Honda Motor Co. the top slot in a survey of automakers' technologies to produce environmentally friendly cars. >> Read the Full Article

Maryland Heights, Md., Firm Gets Extension for Toxic Cleanup in Peru

Violence erupted in La Oroya, Peru, this week as Doe Run Resources Corp. of Maryland Heights won an extension on its government-mandated plan to clean up toxic pollution at its metallurgical complex in the Andes Mountains. >> Read the Full Article

Giant Pacific Octopus Doesn't Give Up on Motherhood

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. >> Read the Full Article