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Sugar Companies Explore Making Ethanol from Molasses

The fields of western Palm Beach County support the sugar cane that provides quick energy to people. Before too long, that same cane could provide energy for vehicles, in the form of ethanol. >> Read the Full Article

Canada Considers Adopting California's More Stringent Auto-Emission Standards

The Canadian government is considering a plan to adopt California's first-in-the-nation rules requiring auto companies to reduce emissions of gases that contribute to global warming, the Mercury News has learned. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Say Hawksbill Sea Turtle in 'Drastic Decline' in Mexico

Activists of the World Wildlife Fund called on Mexico and the Caribbean nations on Tuesday to urgently implement plans to reverse what the organization called "a drastic decline" in the population of hawksbill sea turtles. >> Read the Full Article

Tsunami Detection a Complex Challenge

The warning system worked perfectly. From sensors far offshore, Japanese meteorologists detected a tsunami headed toward the southern island of Ishigaki in March 2002 and quickly warned residents of the possible danger. >> Read the Full Article

Bush `Clear Skies' Proposal Hinders Power Plant Cleanups, Official Says

President Bush's push to revise the Clean Air Act sometimes has hindered enforcement of the existing law for cleaning up coal-fired power plants, the Justice Department's top environmental lawyer said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Dow Chemical Brought Growth, Regrets to Freeport, Texas

James Seidler's family tree is one of the few in this small coastal town with deeper roots than Dow Chemical, a company that has dominated the pancake-flat horizon, and a lot else here, since the 1940s. >> Read the Full Article

Leaks Make up Big Part of Toxics Released by Industry

On a breezy day, Shell's 600-acre chemical plant in Deer Park turns into a giant wind chime. >> Read the Full Article

MeadWestvaco to Sell Paper-Making Business, Plant in Western Maryland

MeadWestvaco Corp. said yesterday that it is selling its paper-making business, including a Western Maryland mill that is the second-largest private employer in Allegany County. >> Read the Full Article

CMS Energy Expects Costly Toxic cleanup at Petoskey, Mich., Development

Dangerous toxics seeping into Lake Michigan at the Bay Harbor development near Petoskey could cost CMS Energy Corp. more than $45 million to clean up. >> Read the Full Article

Old High-Tech Gadgets Become New Breed of Junk

While many Lake County residents are fascinated with their new flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, Palm Pilots and other popular Christmas gifts, Victoria Wiedel worries about what will happen to the old ones. >> Read the Full Article