The government estimates 240,000 vehicles have already sputtered off the roads and into dealers’ lots as part of the federal government’s cash-for-clunkers program, in which consumers receive a subsidy of up to $4,500 when they trade in their older, less efficient cars for new models.
Efforts to curb overfishing in five of the world’s marine ecosystems are starting to show signs of working. The news comes from a multi-national study on the status of marine fisheries and ecosystems reported in “Science”. While the report found that stock collapse is an increasing international trend, the scientists involved believe there are positive signs that rebuilding the ocean’s depleted fish stocks is possible
Stephen Bosworth, the diplomat President Barack Obama appointed to the thankless task of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear-weapons program, got quite a reception when he arrived on his first official visit to Seoul this week. The North Korean government in Pyongyang shut down the last military communication line between the two countries on the divided peninsula, temporarily halted all transit to and from a special industrial zone just north of the border and declared that if the U.S