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Hybrids vs. nonhybrids​: The 5-year equation

The current Consumer Reports magazine compares the 5-year cost of various hybrid and non-hybrid car models. Winners depend on the price difference, tax breaks, the cost and mileage per gallon of fuel, and an intangible green factor. The Toyota Prius scores well, the Lexus RX hybrid doesn’t. GR

 
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Another challenge to greenhouse gas regulation

Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent finding that greenhouse gases will harm the environment and people’s health, three Republican legislators have drafted a bill to gut the Clean Air Act.  They cite outsourcing of jobs and higher energy costs as reasons to restrict the EPA’s authority to regulate climate change.  Specifically, their bill would end

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South Korea chaos after “heaviest” snowfall

The extreme cold and snow isn’t just confined to the United States.  Heavy snowfall has hit South Korea, closing schools, stalling traffic, and causing homes to collapse.  The storms greatest impacts were experienced on the east coast of the nation, sparing the capital city of Seoul.  However, temperatures in the city have been so cold

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UK’s Prince Charles blasts climate-ch​ange skeptics

Speaking at the Low Carbon Prosperity Summit in Brussels, Prince Charles sharply criticized climate change skeptics.  He said they were playing “a reckless game of roulette” with the planet’s future, and lamented their “corrosive effect” on public opinion.  Prince Charles also touched on the need to protect fisheries and the Amazon rain forest, and to

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Indonesia to boost rice stocks amid global food fears

This article from Yahoo News surveys Asia’s rice stocks, imports, and prices.  Sparked by widespread droughts, floods, and the increased use of crops for fuel, food prices have risen markedly this year, which has led to governmental fears about inflation, social unrest, and stable economic growth.  GR

 
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