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Mexican Environmental Authorities Say Oil Pumps, Valves Also at Risk

A study commissioned by environmental authorities following a string of embarrassing oil spills at Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil company found problems at pumping stations and valve systems, as well as in the pipelines themselves. >> Read the Full Article

New York OKs $1.8M for Cleanups

Several of New York City's brownfields will be getting some of Albany's green. An agreement signed last week by Gov. Pataki and the majority leaders of the state Senate and Assembly allocates $30 million for cleanup projects statewide, with just over $1.8 million coming to the city. >> Read the Full Article

Wintry Canada to Use Solar Power to Heat Homes

Canada, better known for snow than sun, plans to build a 52-home solar powered community in Alberta that will harvest the sun's rays in summer and use them to heat homes in winter, the government said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Washington State Lawmakers would Require New State Buildings Be 'Green'

Schools, universities and other public buildings would have to be built to meet energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental standards under a bill given final approval by lawmakers Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

What are We Really Planting in Our Gardens? -- An ENN Commentary

In New England, spring is almost here. The urge to stop and admire the first blooms on the redbud tree or the spring beauties in the woods, to plant something in the garden, above all, the longing to spend more time outdoors has now become a compulsion. >> Read the Full Article

Tiny Hong Kong Falling Foul of Electronic Waste, Greenpeace Claims

Hong Kong has become a dumping ground for electronic waste from the United States, Europe and Japan and soil tests have uncovered excessive lead levels in the soil, according to Greenpeace. >> Read the Full Article

Shell to Reroute Pipelines in Russian Far East Oil Project over Gray Whale Fears

Royal Dutch/Shell said Wednesday it would reroute planned pipelines at its oil and gas project off the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin, bowing to environmentalists' demands who said the pipelines passed too close to the feeding grounds of the endangered gray whale. >> Read the Full Article

Tough Steps Urged to Cut CO2 Emissions in Japan

A Japanese government task force approved a draft plan Tuesday for measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that significantly strengthens existing measures for fighting global warming, aiming at fulfilling the nation's obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. >> Read the Full Article

GM, Energy Dept. to Make Fuel Cell Vehicles

General Motors Corp. and the U.S. Energy Department have signed a five-year, $88 million deal to build a fleet of 40 hydrogen fuel vehicles, the world's largest automaker said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. Addresses Tougher Air-Quality Regulations

Ameren Corp., which operates 12 coal-fired power plants in the Midwest, was the biggest buyer nationwide of federal allowances for sulfur-dioxide emissions, which cause acid rain. >> Read the Full Article