Two months ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, the world body's telecoms arm urged governments and companies to use information technology to fight global warming.

Between November 2007 and March 2008, 18 children died from a rapidly progressive central nervous system disease of unexplained origin in a community involved in the recycling of used lead-acid batteries (ULAB) in the suburbs of Dakar, Senegal. The researchers investigated the cause of these deaths.

Honda Motor Co has unveiled an electric battery-powered personal transporter, a unicycle shaped like the number eight that riders steer by leaning in the direction they want to travel.

The "U3-X," which Honda will show at the Tokyo Motor Show next month, is the latest to join a growing number of futuristic transportation devices, such as the much bigger Segway.

Better Place, which is building a global network of charging stations for the electric car industry, expects its e-cars to be significantly cheaper than gasoline-powered counterparts, its CEO was quoted as saying.

Hundreds of residents in eastern China's Fujian Province blocked a major road for several hours Thursday to protest against excessive levels of lead found in their children's blood, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Villagers believed their children were poisoned by pollution from the local Huaqiang Battery Factory, the agency said.

One needs to look no further then the river that runs through Shangba to understand the extent of the heavy metals pollution that experts say has turned the hamlets in this region of southern China into cancer villages.

Ford Motor Co is selling a closed plant near Detroit to two companies that plan a $725 million investment to develop a renewable energy park that could create up to 4,000 jobs, the carmaker said on Thursday.

Terms of the sale to Xtreme Power and Clairvoyant Energy were not disclosed. The transfer of the plant to the companies is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2010.

Dutch utility Essent expects to see one million electric vehicles on the roads in the Netherlands by 2020, its head of new energy said on Thursday.

Alexandra van Huffelen said Essent was working with other Dutch companies to stimulate the industry, lobbying the government to speed up the introduction of electric cars and launching demonstration projects around the country.

The measured wind data of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) for 2006 at 30 m height shows a good prospect for wind energy extraction at the site. For a few months and hours the speed is below the cut in speeds of the available turbines in the market. The predicted solar radiation data from directly related measured cloud cover and sunshine duration data of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) for 1992–2003 indicates that a reliable power system can be developed over the year if the solar energy technology is merged with the wind energy technologies for this site.

Honda Motor Co Ltd plans to develop an electric car to debut in the U.S. market by around 2015 as tighter environmental regulations push demand for zero-emission vehicles, the Nikkei newspaper said on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the company, Japan's No. 2 automaker, said it was developing an electric car but had not decided when to launch it.