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Umbra on Renting Hybrids and Sharing Cars

A reader asks advice guru Umbra Fisk where she can rent a hybrid. Turns out it's not as easy as one might like, though the option is spreading. But Umbra's got another suggestion for how city dwellers can drive a hybrid without buying one. Learn about car sharing, the hippest trend in urban living -- in Ask Umbra, today on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Ex-Wildlife Manager Agrees to Pay Fine

A former federal wildlife manager who says he moved about 400 protected tadpoles from a backyard pond to a refuge for their own safety has agreed to pay a $3,500 fine to avoid a criminal charge. >> Read the Full Article

Bird Flu in Flies No Threat to Animals or Humans, Expert Says

Flies can carry the bird flu virus which has killed 46 people in Asia but there is no evidence they can spread the killer disease to other animals or humans, an animal health expert said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Study Blames 20,000 Deaths a Year on Diesel Exhaust

Emissions from old diesel engines cause more than 20,000 Americans a year to die sooner than they would have otherwise, an environmental group estimated Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Japanese Government Gets Tough on Diesel

The Environment Ministry on Tuesday decided to introduce new regulations to tighten regulations on diesel vehicle exhaust fumes from 2009, with the aim of significantly lowering nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions, sources said. >> Read the Full Article

More Japanese Firms Producing Materials Less Harmful to Environment

An increasing number of Japanese corporations have begun producing biodegradable plastics and other materials less harmful to the environment than conventional ones using plants, reflecting rising environmental consciousness. >> Read the Full Article

Green Waste a Burning Rural Issue

Temperatures are rising in Granite Bay over residents burning their green waste, a typically rural practice that continues to thrive in this changing community. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Examines Workplace Germs

You probably clean vigorously at home, at least occasionally. But how often does this happen at work, the valiant efforts of the janitorial staff notwithstanding? >> Read the Full Article

Soy Industry Looks for the Next Big Thing

Soy milk, once a staple found only in natural and health food stores, is now sold side-by-side with regular milk in chain supermarkets. >> Read the Full Article

Tourists Evacuated as Chilean Park Fire Burns

Wildfires raged in Chile's renowned Torres del Paine national park for a sixth day Wednesday, forcing officials to evacuate tourists from some areas and igniting a debate over fire-prevention laws. >> Read the Full Article