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  • Fields of corn surround the Golden Grain Energy ethanol plant, in Mason City, Iowa.

    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to raise the maximum amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline for vehicles manufactured since 2007.

  • A BP cleanup crew removes oil from a beach at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill which continues gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Deep water oil drills quieted by a six-month moratorium will again hum off the Gulf Coast, helping an industry that, despite its dangers, puts needed money in the pockets of thousands along the Gulf Coast.

  • Crewmen aboard the motor vessel Joe Griffin look on as the mobile offshore drilling unit Q4000 lowers a pollution containment chamber May 6, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The chamber was designed to cap the oil discharge that was a result of the Deepwater Horizon incident.

    The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the six-month moratorium on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that was imposed after the BP oil spill.

  • Hand plant money

    The FTC is proposing guidlines for eco-friendly claims, but what they should be looking at is  green fraud.

  • New Hungarian government figures on the red sludge flood show that the volume of muck that escaped from a burst reservoir was almost as high as the blown-out BP oil well spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Colleges consistently depend on using a certain percentage of there endowment money every year, but because of the near zero percent interest rate environment they find themselves having to rethink the way they invest.

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    U.S. auto sales in September for GM, Ford, Chrysler as well as Toyota, beat estimates, showing some gains in the still sluggish auto market. GM said Friday that its core brand sales for the month of September were up 22.1 percent compared to estimates of 17.5 percent.

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    What if Sitka, Alaska, could sell its water to those people or entites in the arid parts of the world? That would give the town a healthy revenue and put water where it's desperately needed. That’s

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    San Diego County may be known for its famous coastline, but when it comes to fresh water, it has very little supply.  Residents pay for water to be imported from the Colorado River and other areas. But some believe even higher prices are needed, which would encourage conservation and reduce water use.

  • BP, which is in the midst of selling off $30 billion in assets, hopes to reinstate dividends early in 2011, its incoming CEO, Bob Dudley, told CNBC Thursday.

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    A report by the Environmental Protection Agency describes the contents of all the garbage produced in a single year.  According to the 2008 report, approximately 250 million tons of municipal solid waste is created, which excludes hazardous waste, industrial waste, and construction waste.

  • Trash generates cash—lots of it—for companies that collect, recycle or destroy the tons of garbage generated by our world's population. Here's a look at three of 2010's top-performing publicly-traded waste companies.

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    A boom in population and development, particularly in the Southwest, has created higher than expected demand for water, and an 11 year drought has siphoned off the supply.

  • Mary Crowley of Project Kaisei, with some of the plastic trash picked up on a voyage

    With an estimated 100 million tons of plastic afloat in the Pacific Ocean already, ocean-borne plastics are a huge environmental problem. But new technology, consumer education and a long-term vision could be coming to the rescue.

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    Film star DiCaprio and billionaire philanthropist/investor Soros came together to discuss the economics of climate change.

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    MillerCoors is trying to reduce the amount of water it uses to produce beer, through conservation on farms to changes in the manufacturing process.

  • Landfill

    The latest garbage gauge is pointing to a slow but steady recovery that should see trash volumes turn positive this quarter or next for the first time since 2008.  That should propel profits of trash haulers who’ve been able to maintain pricing power through the recession thanks to long-term, customer-specific contracts.

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    If the market in scrap is any indication, the US can recycle the fear of a second recession into a more positive economic outlook.

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    Recycling is now possible across much of the country, but a complex web of rules—along with corporate and local government desires to be seen being as “green” as possible—can make it hard to figure out what’s really happening to all that rescued waste.  Some companies, like Starbucks, are working to navigate those rules.

  • City of New York Department of Sanitation

    New York City’s quasi-military $1.2 billion Department of Sanitation is the largest such municipal operation in the world.