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Bumps on the Road for U.S. Ethanol Vehicles

Driving flex-fuel sports utility vehicles on E85 15,000 miles (24,000 km) a year can cost consumers an additional $400 per year, according to the Department of Energy. >> Read the Full Article

Science Group Backs NASA Lunar Plans

A panel of scientists strongly endorsed NASA's plans to return to the moon, saying in a report Tuesday that lunar exploration will open the way toward broader studies of the Earth and solar system. >> Read the Full Article

China Needs To Break Ties Between Polluting Industry, Local Officials

China needs to break ties between polluting industries and local officials if it is to succeed in cleaning up its badly tainted water supplies, the founder of a new environmental group said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Tainted Spinach Leads to Calls for More Oversight of Farms and Packaging Plants

Leafy vegetables are the second leading source of E. coli infections in the United States, behind ground beef, but the government relies primarily on voluntary safety steps by farmers and packagers to prevent outbreaks. >> Read the Full Article

Iowa Company Turns to Ammonia for Fuel

An Iowa alternative fuel engine manufacturer has reached an agreement with an irrigation pump maker in California to make the world's first ammonia-powered irrigation pump system. >> Read the Full Article

Economists Say Falling Energy Prices May Feel Good, but Aren't a Panacea

It should only be this simple: Oil prices plunge 20 percent, leading businesses and consumers to ramp up their spending, which gives a nice jolt to the economy. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Inspector Criticizes Agency on Fairness of Reviews

The Environmental Protection Agency is not conducting required reviews to ensure that low-income and minority neighborhoods get the same environmental protection as other communities, its inspector general reported. >> Read the Full Article

Minority of FT 500 Firms Shun Climate Change Survey

Some of the world's top companies did not respond to a survey about how they were dealing with climate change issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Mudflow Forces Indonesians to Camp on Highway

Hundreds of Indonesian villagers have taken over a major highway after being driven out of their homes by a torrent of muddy water from an oil well, authorities said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Three States to Work on Pacific Ocean Health

The governors of Oregon, Washington and California announced an agreement Monday to work together to improve Pacific Ocean health, saying "oceans should be managed on an ecosystem level." >> Read the Full Article