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Wildlife Group Takes on S. Africa Predator Breeders

An investigation has revealed the captive breeding of large predators in South Africa for "canned hunting" is widespread and poorly regulated, an animal welfare organisation said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Report Says Smog a Problem in Ohio, Kentucky

A study showing that smog reached unhealthy levels in the Cincinnati and Dayton metropolitan areas 19 days this year demonstrates the continuing problem of air pollution and highlights the need for vehicle emission tests, the American Lung Association said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Hidden Risks of Teflon-Like Chemical Raised by Documents, Says Company Insider

DuPont Co. hid studies showing the risks of a Teflon-related chemical used to line candy wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and hundreds of other food containers, according to internal company documents and a former employee. >> Read the Full Article

Ford Unveils Mercury Mariner Hybrid

The Mercury Mariner Hybrid, Ford Motor Co.'s second gas-electric vehicle, received its ceremonial launch at the Claycomo plant Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Gates Invests in Ethanol Company

Billionaire Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates is investing in a Fresno ethanol company. Pacific Ethanol announced Tuesday that Cascade Investment LLC, a privately held company serving as Gates' investment vehicle, has agreed to purchase $84 million of Pacific Ethanol stock. >> Read the Full Article

Motorcycle of the Future Will Run on Fuel Cells, Create No Emissions

It does not sound like a Harley, but a new motorcycle coming out soon could run on soybeans or ethanol. Except for a little heat and some drinkable water, the ENV bike produces no emissions, says Intelligent Energy, a British company that recently opened an office in California to launch its hydrogen fuel-cell bike in the United States. >> Read the Full Article

Company Sells Wood with Stories

What others see as used, decaying wood, Scott Royer sees as a business opportunity. A 20-foot-wide pungent vinegar cask headed for the landfill turned high-end hardwood flooring. >> Read the Full Article

Yellowstone Grizzlies May Lose Protection under Species Act

Hunters eventually could be allowed to kill grizzly bears in three states if the government is successful in removing federal protections. >> Read the Full Article

Venezuela Sells Natural Gas Exploration Rights to ENI, Repsol, Petrobras, Teikoku

Venezuela on Tuesday awarded natural gas exploration rights for two offshore areas to Italian energy company ENI SpA, Spanish-Argentine firm Repsol YPF, Brazil's Petrobras and Japan's Teikoku Oil Co. Ltd. >> Read the Full Article

Feds Agree To List Puget Sound Orcas as Endangered Species

In a victory for environmentalists, the federal government listed Puget Sound's killer whales as an endangered species Tuesday, giving the animals the highest protection available under the law. >> Read the Full Article