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Hybrid Car Production Questions Abound for Toyota

Toyota will make enough Prius hybrid cars this year to catch up to customer demand, and it'll decide by mid-year which hybrid model it will produce in the United States. >> Read the Full Article

Kobe Steel to Halt Output of Steel Treated with Harmful Chemical

Kobe Steel Ltd. said Wednesday it will halt production of hot-dip galvanized steel sheets treated with hexavalent chromium, a chemical used to boost corrosion resistance but widely seen as harmful to the environment. >> Read the Full Article

Grant to Fund Groundwater Cleanup near Former Tire Plant in Windsor, Vt.

The former Goodyear plant could be getting some help from the federal government in the form of a $240,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant to clean up contaminated groundwater. >> Read the Full Article

Device Could Cut Air Pollution at Long Beach, Calif., Port

Harbor Commissioners on Monday lauded the potential of new technology that may reduce air pollution from giant ships docked at the Port of Long Beach by 90 percent or more.

Representatives of Oxnard-based Advanced Control Technology Inc. showed the commission details of the company's concept to capture diesel exhaust from ships by deploying a flexible hood over their smokestacks. >> Read the Full Article

Tortoise Adopts Stray Hippo at Kenyan Sanctuary

A 120-year-old giant tortoise living in a Kenyan sanctuary has become inseparable from a baby hippo rescued by game wardens, officials said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Health Standard for Perchlorate in Drinking Water Too High, Panel Says

A panel of scientists concluded Monday that perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel and explosives, is safe for consumption at levels 20 times greater than the standard being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency. >> Read the Full Article

Tsunami Disaster in Focus as Island Meeting Opens

The Indian Ocean tsunami has pushed disaster early warning to the top of the agenda at a meeting of the world's small islands, potentially crowding out concerns about climate change and trade, some delegates say. >> Read the Full Article

Device Could Cut Air Pollution at Long Beach, California Port

Harbor Commissioners on Monday lauded the potential of new technology that may reduce air pollution from giant ships docked at the Port of Long Beach by 90 percent or more. >> Read the Full Article

Residents Displaced by Chlorine Gas May Be Kept Away Longer

Thousands of people evacuated last week when a train crash unleashed deadly chlorine gas might not return home Wednesday, as had been hoped. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: Is it True that Coastal Development Contributed to Greater Loss of Life from the Tsunami?

The tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in December was a natural catastrophe triggered by a massive undersea earthquake. But rampant coastal development in recent years--which removed the mangrove forests and coral reefs that had previously been abundant along shorelines--did contribute to the damage and death toll. >> Read the Full Article