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A Guide to Planet-Friendly Cars

Americans love their cars. America invented the drive-in restaurant and the drive-in bank. NASCAR racing is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the United States, and car magazines have millions of subscribers.  >> Read the Full Article

Ford Will Return Disputed Electric Cars to Norway

Ford Motor Co. agreed to return about 300 Norwegian-built electric cars to the Nordic country after protests about plans to scrap them, the country's transport minister said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Former Shell Chairman Appeals Censure

The former chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Sir Philip Watts, petitioned a British regulatory body for permission to challenge some of its findings on Shell's oil reserves scandal. >> Read the Full Article

The end of an era: California's century-old oil economy fades

On a slip of flat yellow earth dotted with sagebrush and foxtail lies the rusting legacy of three generations of drilling: a graveyard of toppled oil derricks — and Bruce Holmes' solitary moneymaker. >> Read the Full Article

Film on Cat Torture Draws Protesters in Toronto

Protesters urged ticket-holders outside a Toronto cinema this week to boycott a documentary about a vicious animal cruelty case in which three friends filmed the skinning of a live cat as an alleged art project. >> Read the Full Article

Asia Faces Bird Flu Crisis of Unprecedented Scale

Asia faces an outbreak of unprecedented proportions as it grapples with avian influenza, which the World Health Organization (WHO) warns could develop into a pandemic unless detection and prevention methods are improved. >> Read the Full Article

Saboteurs Blow Up Pipeline Junction in Northern Iraq

Saboteurs blew up a junction where multiple oil pipelines cross the Tigris River in northern Iraq this week, setting off a chain reaction in power generation systems that left the entire country without power, officials said. >> Read the Full Article

Hong Kong Gasps Under Record Air Pollution

Thick smog shrouded Hong Kong this week, pushing air pollution near the airport to an all-time record for the territory, environmental officials said. >> Read the Full Article

Indian Tribe Conducts First War Dance Since 1887 to Stop Expansion of Shasta Dam

As darkness fell across the crescent-shaped Shasta Dam, eight barefoot Winnemem Wintu warriors armed with bows began the tribe's first war dance since 1887. >> Read the Full Article

Iraqi scientists to wage war on pollution

Iraqi scientists will assess pollution ranging from oil spills to scrap metal from destroyed military vehicles in an effort to tackle environmental damage in the war-ravaged country, the United Nations said this week. >> Read the Full Article