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GM to Manufacture Automotive Batteries in the U.S.

At first, of course, someone else is going to have to manufacture the batteries the the Volt (and whatever other E-REV options the automaker comes up with.) But after the first couple of years, the automotive giant will be making its own batteries at a facility (hopefully) in Michigan...

January 13, 2009 — Hank Green

Toyota unveils next-generation Prius

2010 Prius to Get 50 MPG, Solar Roof Toyota just unveiled the third-generation Toyota Prius, a car that has absolutely revolutionized the industry and what it means to be environmentally conscious in a car-centric world...

January 13, 2009 — Hank Green

The Green Cars of NAIAS 2009

As we just noted in our rather last, rather sobering post, there isn't going to be a lot of gravy at this year's North American International Auto Show...but that doesn't mean there won't be a lot of high quality meat, especially for the greens...

January 12, 2009 — Hank Green

Where the buffalo roam, so may brucellosis

Paying ranchers to let bison roam in areas typically used for cattle grazing — rather than killing the giant animals — could reduce the risk that the bison will transmit a bacterial disease to cows, ecologists say...

January 12, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Detroit Tour, Part 1: General Motors

Part one of a tour of the Detroit Auto Show. Tomorrow we'll be hitting up Toyota and Honda, and then in parts three and four you'll see news from Ford, Chrysler, BYD, Fisker, Tesla, VW, Mercedes and more!...

January 12, 2009 — Hank Green

Is that olive oil organic? Check with the ladybugs

Organic isn't only winning over the eco-chic set. It turns out that ladybugs (a.k.a. coccinellids ) also have an affinity for the sustainable. 

Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain have discovered that friendly pest-chomping ladybugs prefer pesticide-free olive orchards to conventional ones, paving the way for them to be used as markers of organic crops...

January 12, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Dirty Google searches: Researcher hits search engine for CO2 emissions

Companies marketing their products and services are going green, whether they're selling cars, computers or televisions. One need look no farther than last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where new products carted out invariably had a smaller carbon footprint than anything introduced a year ago...

January 12, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

"Beetle" juice: Is your food bugged?

Warning: if you have a delicate stomach—stop reading this now. Ditto if you're eating.

For you heartier souls out there… A show of hands, please: How many of you know that many common foods and beverages with a blush—think yogurt, ice cream, candies, fruit drinks—get their reddish (pinkish, purplish or orange) glow from carmine and cochineal, colorings extracted from the dried bodies of teensy female cochineal insects, sometimes referred to as cochineal beetles?...

January 9, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Croplands May Wither as Global Warming Worsens

Croplands May Wither as Global Warming Worsens

Climate models predict that the hottest seasons on record will become the norm by the end of the century--an outcome that bodes ill for feeding the world

January 8, 2009 — David Biello

Watch out Hawaii: Veggies may harbor rare parasite

Three people in Hawaii have come down with what appears to be a rare parasitic disease called rat lungworm disease in recent weeks. Two of the victims (friends who had a meal together) told the Honolulu Star Bulletin that they experienced "agonizing pain" after eating raw vegetables – and physicians fear they may have accidentally swallowed slug larvae hidden inside folds of raw peppers...

January 8, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Costa Rica rocked by earthquake

Residents of San Jose, Costa Rica, took to the streets today just after lunch as an earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale shook the capital city.

January 8, 2009 — David Biello

Carbon Dioxide from Cars

U.S. states are beginning to attack another major source of global warming pollution besides power plants: your car. David Biello reports

January 8, 2009
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