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Secret Santas in 3 states spread cheer, $100 bills

Source: Associated Press, Sun December 07, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri, USA - At a suburban Goodwill store on Friday, Theresa Settles selected a large, black comforter to warm her family until she can raise the money to turn the gas heat back on.

Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists

Source: The Telegraph, Tue December 02, 2008
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - A revolutionary device that can harness energy from slow-moving rivers and ocean currents could provide enough power for the entire world, scientists claim.

Judge overturns decision on gray wolves

Source: MSNBC, Wed October 01, 2008
Traverse City, MIchigan, USA - A federal court Monday overturned the Bush administration's decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.

Chrysler to Sell Electric Cars in U.S. as Early as 2010

Source: ENN, Sat September 27, 2008
Chrysler has announced that it is working on an electric powered version of its Voyager MPV, which could be put into commercial production as early as 2010.

India’s iconic electric car gets volt of energy

Source: Reuters, Sat September 20, 2008
Mumbai, India - Long before "green" cars became trendy in other parts of the world, a boxy electric two-seater began rolling out of a small factory in the Indian city of Bangalore, which was then emerging as a software services hub.

Ford Changes Focus From SUVs To Smaller Cars, Hybrids

Source: MediaPost, Sun May 25, 2008
Detroit, Michigan, USA - Facing higher commodity prices and consumer rejection of SUVs and trucks, Ford is doing a quick change on this year's production plans to favor smaller cars and crossovers.

Ford downshifts gasoline-guzzlers, profit outlook this article opens in a new window

Source: AFP, Thu May 22, 2008
CHICAGO (AFP) - Ford Motor Company on Thursday said it is cutting production of large trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) as soaring pump prices drive demand for more fuel-efficient cars.

One Millionth Hybrid Vehicle Hits the American Road

Source: PureGreenCars, Thu May 15, 2008
Detroit, Michigan, USA - In December 2007, an auto dealership employee somewhere in America handed a new owner the keys to the one millionth hybrid vehicle sold in this country.

New bird discovered in Indonesia

Source: ENN, Mon March 17, 2008
Sulawesi, Indonesia - A small greenish bird that has been playing hide-and-seek with ornithologists on a remote Indonesian island since 1996 was declared a newly discovered species on Friday and promptly recommended for endangered lists.

On the Horizon and Here Today: LED Alternatives to Linear Fluorescents this article opens in a new window

Source: ENN, Tue March 04, 2008
NATIONAL REPORT—In meeting rooms, back of house and other areas of your hotel, chances are great that you are using T-12 fluorescent lamps or the more efficient T-8s to illuminate large spaces. At least two companies—ilumisys, Inc. in Troy, Mich., and LEDdynamics, Inc. in Randolph, Vt.—are trying to replace these linear fluorescents with LED alternatives that are more energy efficient and safer for the environment. Fluorescent tubes include mercury and despite recycling efforts, 500 million to 600 million lamps end up in landfills each year. LED alternatives do not include mercury.

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