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Campaign in L.A. Tries to Pry Residents from Cars, One Driver at a Time

Getting drivers to take the train or bus has never been easy in this car-crazed city of endless freeways, where gridlock is so awful that rush-hour speeds average less than 30 mph. >> Read the Full Article

Researcher Puts Cows in a Bubble to Measure Emissions

How much gas does a cow pass? It's a serious question for California's dairy farmers, because the answer could cost them big money to comply with new state air quality regulations coming down the pike. >> Read the Full Article

Conservationists Seek to Protect Apes

The Austrian branch of an international conservation group on Wednesday said it was launching a campaign to educate Austrian tourists about how bringing home souvenirs made from parts of dead apes, such as scalps, could contribute to the extinction of some species. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Joins with Five Asian Countries to Counter Climate Change

The United States and five Asian and Pacific nations, including China and India, agreed Wednesday on a partnership to use cleaner energy technologies in hopes of curtailing climate-changing pollution. >> Read the Full Article

Energy Officials are Seeing an Upward Trend for Power Use

Consumers are power hungry in Orange County and across California. We use four times more electricity per person than Brazil by indulging in energy-sucking products such as plasma TVs, computers, air-conditioning systems, stereos, spare refrigerators and spas. >> Read the Full Article

Environment-Friendly Roadside Flares

In an emergency, the immediate situation and safety are the primary concern of those involved. Environmental concerns are secondary. But one product commonly used by law enforcement, and by truckers and motorists in emergencies -- flares -- are not the most environmentally friendly of devices. >> Read the Full Article

Consulting Firm Touts Financial Benefits of Being Environmentally Conscious

For years, the conventional wisdom has been that one "green" comes at the expense of the other. In other words, environmentalists believe that corporations often make their profits while trashing the planet, and businesses feel that being ecologically friendly is cost-prohibitive. >> Read the Full Article

Hybrid Cabs Get a Look from New York City

Yellow cabs are going green -- and the new air-friendly models could be on the road this fall. The city Taxi and Limousine Commission gave its tentative approval yesterday to six makes of hybrid cars -- which run on a combination of electricity and gasoline -- to join its cab fleet after hearings in September. >> Read the Full Article

TST, Inc. Purchases Fuel Cells to Reduce Pollution While Managing Energy Costs and Reliability

FuelCell Energy, Inc., a developer of clean electric power plants, and its partner Alliance Power Inc., a consultant in citing economical and environmentally friendly distributed generation facilities, today announced the signing of a contract to provide 500-kilowatts (kW) of green electricity to a secondary aluminum smelter in southern California that will meet or exceed the region's tough air pollution standards. >> Read the Full Article

Dry-Cleaning Chemical Spurs Worries about Wells

Dry cleaners knew nothing about the risks of perchloroethylene, known as perc, when it came into common use in the 1950s. In those days, chemical manufacturers even suggested that old perc or perc waste products could be tossed on dirt piles behind shops, said Mike Frew, a project manager in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's voluntary dry cleaner cleanup program. >> Read the Full Article