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Automakers May Feel Pressure by CalPERS to Improve Emissions

California State Controller Steve Westly and CalPERS board member Sean Harrigan want the state's pension fund to lean on automakers to comply with ground-breaking new standards adopted by the state Air Resources Board to help curb global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Ontario Plans Renewable Energy for 100,000 Homes

Ontario plans 10 new energy projects that could supply power to 100,000 homes from renewable sources like wind, hydro and landfill biogas, the provincial government said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Maryland Governor's List of Surplus Property Alarms Environmentalists, Legislators

Gov. Robert Ehrlich wants to sell off land, buildings and other surplus state property in a plan that has alarmed environmentalists and led to a feud with Maryland's biggest and most influential newspaper, The (Baltimore) Sun. >> Read the Full Article

Flame Retardant PBDE Found in Lake Michigan, Adding to Concerns

Concentrations of a flame retardant banned by many European countries have been found in Lake Michigan and are increasing, adding to concerns over previous findings that the chemicals were showing up in supermarket foods and women's breast milk. >> Read the Full Article

Land Adjacent to California's Yosemite Park Bought by Conservation Group

A picturesque landscape of sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir trees adjacent to Yosemite National Park's western boundary near El Portal will be protected from development under a deal announced Monday. >> Read the Full Article

DuPont Settlement will Fund Study on Chemical's Impact on Human Health

Most of a $70 million cash payment from a DuPont Co. legal settlement will fund the largest-ever study of how the company's C8 chemical affects human health, according to new court filings. >> Read the Full Article

Arctic Council Report Warns of Dire Consequences of Global Warming

The Arctic Council, a group of eight countries with Arctic territory, including the United States, is expected to issue recommendations on global warming Wednesday that will put the spotlight on a critical area where the United States is at odds with many of its allies. >> Read the Full Article

Firms in San Joaquin County, Calif., Honored for Efforts to Reduce Solid Waste

State officials honored five companies doing business in San Joaquin County for outstanding efforts to reduce solid wastes. >> Read the Full Article

Debate Over U.S. Food Safety Regulations on Simmer

The latest scare over a suspected case of mad cow disease has reignited the fierce debate over the federal government's efforts to protect the nation's food supply. >> Read the Full Article

Wood County, W.Va., Judge Gives DuPont Deal Preliminary Approval

A circuit judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a more than $100 million settlement of a lawsuit that alleged DuPont poisoned drinking water supplies here with the toxic chemical C8. >> Read the Full Article