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  • Pepsi bottles: no more plastic

    Pepsi bottles: no more plastic

    Pepsi bottles introduced Tuesday are not traditional, oil-based plastic. Instead, the Pepsi bottles are made from 100 percent plant material and will be tested next year.

  • Light bulbs in spotlight as senators lambaste US efficiency standards

    Light bulbs in spotlight as senators lambaste US efficiency standards

    A Senate hearing on Thursday produced fireworks over light bulbs, as conservatives urged repeal of US energy-efficiency standards they see as anticonsumer and paternalistic.

  • Jerry Brown's tough choice: green energy in hard economic times

    Jerry Brown's tough choice: green energy in hard economic times

    With Jerry Brown now governor, California lawmakers are resurrecting an idea vetoed by Arnold Schwarzenegger: Make utilities buy at least 33 percent of electricity from renewable sources.

  • Farmers Field: L.A. edges closer to building $1 billion football stadium

    Farmers Field: L.A. edges closer to building $1 billion football stadium

    Farmers Field – a planned $1 billion football stadium in downtown L.A. – takes a few small steps toward reality this week. It could be finished by 2015. But many hurdles remain.

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.

  • EPA presents plan on greenhouse gases. Can next Congress stop it?

    EPA presents plan on greenhouse gases. Can next Congress stop it?

    The EPA set out a timetable Thursday for curbing the emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants and refineries. But Republicans have signaled their steady opposition, and a battle looms.

  • George H.W. Bush, 14 others to be awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom next year

    George H.W. Bush, 14 others to be awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom next year

    George H.W. Bush, along with Maya Angelou, Stan Musial and a dozen others, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom early next year. George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States.

  • Did Americans reject clean energy by voting Republican?

    Did Americans reject clean energy by voting Republican?

    US environmentalists concede disappointment at the GOP's surge, but say the defeat of California Prop. 23 shows voters were motivated by the economy and not a rejection of clean energy.

  • Deep-water drilling moratorium lifted: why neither side is happy

    Deep-water drilling moratorium lifted: why neither side is happy

    To environmentalists, the lifting of the deep-water drilling moratorium Tuesday comes too soon. To the industry, it is seen as the beginning of a new era of uncertainty.

  • Is President Obama a hypocrite on campaign finance? Karl Rove says so.

    The Vote Is President Obama a hypocrite on campaign finance? Karl Rove says so.

    Democrats are claiming that Republican-leaning organizations such as the US Chamber of Commerce aren't being open about campaign finance. But left-leaning groups are just as secretive about donors, says Karl Rove.