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General Motors and Shanghai Partner to Build a Hybrid Bus in China

U.S. automaker General Motors Corp. said recently that it will build its first hybrid bus in China next year with its partner in Shanghai to promote the technology for cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Wildlife Refuges Face Threats from People and Development

A sweeping wildlife preserve in southwestern Arizona is among the nation's 10 most endangered refuges, due in large part to illegal drug and immigrant traffic and Border Patrol operations, a conservation group said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

China's Dependence on Dangerous Coal Keeps Growing

Dong Ye lights a cigarette and doesn't give a second thought to fate — his or his country's — as he steps off a dump truck onto the dirt road that winds into the Sandaoling coal quarry. >> Read the Full Article

Loved by Laureate, Kenya's Forests Are Vanishing Fast

Championed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Kenyan forests that once sheltered guerrillas fighting British colonialists are a battleground in a modern-day struggle against environmental devastation. >> Read the Full Article

Iraq's New Environment Minister Struggles Over Dramatic Obstacles

As Iraq's new environment minister, Mishkat Al Moumin has dodged a suicide bomber that killed four of her bodyguards, run an 800-employee agency on a shoestring budget, and tackled rebuilding vast marshes that some scholars believe were the biblical Garden of Eden. >> Read the Full Article

Vancouver, Wash., Solar-Cell Plant Saves Energy to Make Energy

As energy prices rise, demand for alternative power sources rises. But so do the costs of creating some of those alternatives. >> Read the Full Article

Japan, U.S. to Hold High-Level Beef Talks in Tokyo

Japan and the United States will hold high-level talks aimed at lifting Japan's ban on U.S. beef imports next week in Tokyo, Japanese government sources said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Fresno, Calif., Conference on Alternative Fuels Looks at Job-Making Potential

Factories turning corn, garbage and manure into fuel have the potential to create new jobs, pump money into the economy and reduce the dependence on foreign oil, according to speakers at a Fresno conference on alternative fuels. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Tells Fontana, Calif., Aluminum Recycling Firm to Limit Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered aluminum recyler Timco, Standard and Tandem, Inc. earlier this month to take steps to lower the levels of dioxin it emits. >> Read the Full Article