Ford Motor Company has created the first hybrid vehicle that runs on an ethanol mix, the Escape Hybrid E85. The hybrid is able to run on a mix of gasoline and up to 85 percent ethanol, a clean-burning, corn-based additive.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and an independent scientific review panel that advises it have conflicting views on whether an important chemical causes cancer. A majority on the review panel believe that there is sufficient evidence to recommend that the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts are "likely" carcinogens, while the EPA had determined that there was only "suggestive evidence."
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> I really enjoy the various Survivor TV series, but what is the environmental impact of such productions on their remote locales? </B>
<U><B>Dear EarthTalk:</U> What are religious leaders and organizations doing to communicate the importance of safeguarding our natural environment?</B>
Municipal leaders in Texas’ capital city, Austin, announced the formation of a new coalition of city governments and electric utilities united to lobby automakers to step up production of a new breed of plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles. These new vehicles would allow drivers to charge up their batteries via wall sockets overnight and make their entire round trip commutes to work the next day using only electricity–and no gas whatsoever.
A new law went into effect last week making Maine the first U.S. state to force manufacturers of televisions and computer monitors to pay for and handle the recycling of their own outdated equipment. Beyond saving money for the local taxpayers who usually bear the brunt of municipal recycling costs, the long-term aim of the law is to give manufacturers an economic incentive to design less-toxic and easier-to-recycle products.