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Indianapolis Mayor Orders City Fleet Weaned Off Petroleum

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, December 13, 2012 (ENS) – Calling it a vital national security issue, Mayor Greg Ballard has signed an Executive Order making Indianapolis the first U.S. city to require the purchase of either electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for the city’s non-police fleet. […]

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Texas Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline Construction

NACOGDOCHES, Texas, December 11, 2012 (ENS) – Texas landowner Michael Bishop, 64, an analytical chemist and former U.S. Marine, has been granted a temporary restraining order that halts construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline across his land while a judge considers Bishop’s charges of fraud against the company. […]

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Doha Outcome: Kyoto Protocol Lives, Global Climate Deal by 2015

DOHA, Qatar, December 8, 2012 (ENS) – At the UN’s annual climate change conference just concluded in Doha, 194 countries agreed to an extension of the Kyoto Protocol through 2020. But the second phase still omits the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters – China and the United States. […]


Brazil’s First Case of Mad Cow Disease Hidden for Months

BILLINGS, Montana, December 7, 2012 (ENS) – Brazil has notified international animal health regulators of its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE, or mad cow disease. The cow died two years ago, but the test confirming the deadly brain disease was not done until 18 months later, and the results not made public until Thursday. […]

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Obama Invests $120 Million in Battery Research Hub

CHICAGO, Illinois, December 5, 2012 (ENS) – A team led by Argonne National Laboratory will receive up to $120 million to establish a research Hub for advanced batteries to power electric and hybrid cars and develop energy storage technologies for the electricity grid. […]

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Doha Climate Talks in a ‘Race Against Time’

DOHA, Qatar, December 4, 2012 (ENS) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued an urgent warning to government leaders as the UN climate negotiations kicked into high gear in Doha. “Let us be under no illusion,” he said. “This is a crisis. A threat to us all. Our economies. Our security. And the well-being of our children and those who will come after.” […]

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Ford Fusion, 2013 Green Car of the Year, Recalled for Engine Fires

LOS ANGELES, California, December 3, 2012 (ENS) – Ford has been forced to recall 2013 Fusions equipped with its gas-sipping 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine because they can overheat and catch fire. The recall comes one day after the 2013 Ford Fusion was named Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. […]