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In the News, June 6th, 2008

Friends at last.....

In this July 19, 2006, file photo Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, during the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Washington. Clinton and likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama met privately Thursday night June 5, 2008 to talk about uniting the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File )
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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met last night for their first formal face-to-face discussion since the Democratic primaries ended and Obama clinched the party's presidential nomination. "Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama met tonight and had a productive discussion about the important work that needs to be done to succeed in November," a joint statement from the two sides said.


It's gonna cost $45 trillion to clean the world.
That's according to a report from the Paris-based International Energy Agency.The world needs to invest $45 trillion in energy in coming decades, build some 1,400 nuclear power plants and vastly expand wind power in order to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The report also envisions an "energy revolution" that would greatly reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels while maintaining steady economic growth. A U.N.-network of scientists concluded last year that emissions have to be cut by at least half by 2050 to avoid an increase in world temperatures of between 3.6 and 4.2 degrees above pre-18th century levels.

Have you seen this?
A 78-year-old man is tossed like a rag doll by a hit-and-run driver and lies motionless on a busy city street as car after car goes by. Pedestrians gawk but appear to do nothing. One driver stops briefly but then pulls back into traffic. A man on a scooter slowly circles the victim before zipping away. (See video below)

The chilling scene was captured on video by a streetlight surveillance camera . It hopefully has touched off a round of soul-searching in Hartford. In Hartford the newspaper headline reads "SO INHUMANE" on the front page and the police chief says lamenting: "We no longer have a moral compass." It is not clear whether or not any one bothered to call 911. Luckily, a police cruiser came passing by a few minutes later.

Toyota's new green car
Toyota says that they have developed a new fuel cell hybrid, a green car powered by hydrogen and electricity, that can travel more than twice the distance of its predecessor model without filling up .The improved model's maximum cruising range is 516 miles (830 kilometers) compared with 205 miles (330 kilometers) for Toyota's previous fuel cell model, the maker of the Camry sedan and Lexus luxury cars said in a statement.

Automakers are starting to ge serious about this.For 2010, U.S. automaker General Motors Corp. is planning a Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric vehicle, while Tokyo-based Nissan Motor Co. is planning electric vehicles for the U.S. and Japan.


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