2005-2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Recalled, Also Mercury Mariner Hybrids

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Ford is recalling certain models of its 2005-2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid crossover utility vehicles to fix a cooling issue. The recall will replace faulty Motor Electronics Coolant Pumps in approximately 70,209 vehicles. The pump cools electronics related to the operation of the hybrid powertrain. In the affected

Nations agree on global, legally binding treaty on mercury emissions: Minamata Convention on Mercury

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At the conclusion of the International Negotiating Committee on Mercury ( INC5 ) meeting in Geneva ( earlier post ), nations agreed on a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent mercury emissions and releases. The treaty, which has been four years in negotiation and which will be open for signature at a special meeting in Japan in October, also addresses the direct mining of mercury, export and import of the metal and safe storage of waste mercury.

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Inorganic mercury converted to more toxic and bio-accumulative monomethylmercury in ocean waters, possibly by microbes

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A team led by the University of Alberta has confirmed that inorganic mercury (Hg) found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into monomethylmercury (MMHg)—a potent and bio-accumulative neurotoxin—in the seawater. After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the researchers found that inorganic mercury, released by human activities such as industry and coal burning, undergoes a process called methylation and becomes monomethylmercury.

2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Reviewed

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Mercury Mariner Goes Out with a Bang. Ford is retiring the Mercury name, but that hasn’t put a dent in the reputation of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid comes in two versions. Autos video of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid here. >

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2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Reviewed

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Mercury Mariner Goes Out with a Bang. Ford is retiring the Mercury name, but that hasn’t put a dent in the reputation of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid comes in two versions. Autos video of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid here. >

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Final session on international mercury convention this week expected to culminate in agreement; UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 finds industrial source Hg emissions may be rising

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The fifth and final session of negotiations on the establishment of an international mercury convention—International Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC5)—is taking place this coming week in Geneva. Asia contributes almost half of global anthropogenic mercury emissions.

Upper atmosphere facilitates changes that let mercury enter food chain

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New research shows that the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere work to transform elemental mercury into oxidized mercury, which can easily be deposited into aquatic ecosystems and ultimately enter the food chain. Humans pump thousands of tons of vapor from mercury into the atmosphere each year, where it can remain suspended for long periods. Exposures to mercury can affect the human nervous system and harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system.

Ford says goodbye to Mercury brand

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It’s the end of an era for the Ford Motor Company after it decided to wield the axe on the Mercury brand. The company has stated that it will end production of Mercury vehicles in the fourth quarter of this year to devote its financial, product development, production and marketing, sales and services resources to its [.].

Growing EV numbers and limited charging points causing workplace tensions in California

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According to local newspaper, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley firms are increasingly finding that electr[.].

QUILL researchers showcasing ionic liquid-based processes for removing mercury from natural gas, capturing CO2

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Researchers from QUILL —the Queen’s University (Belfast) Ionic Liquid Laboratories—will display a novel process for removing toxic mercury from natural gas using ionic liquids at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. Petro-chemical giants PETRONAS and Clariant recently signed a licensing agreement for the mercury-removal material developed with QUILL.

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What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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But first, a bit of perspective: in 2005 I had set out to purchase a Mercury Mariner Hybrid. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Hoping to make Tom Cruise proud, I accepted the mission. I had done my homework, and knew exactly. Buying Plug-In Hybrids dealers plug-in cars dealerships Texas

Dead Before Arrival: Mercury Killed, Compact Tracer Vanishes

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car brands, you can now add one more: Mercury. The Ford Motor Company announced today that Mercury production would cease by the end of this year. That means that the widely anticipated compact Mercury version of the 2012 Ford Focus--named "Tracer" after the badge-engineered Ford Escort sold from 1991 to 199, and To the long list of dead U.S.

Does Nissan Leaf Supplant The Prius As Loathing Target For CA Drivers?

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Roadshow," the nickname of San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Richards. If you''ve never lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may not have heard of "Mr. Nor will you know how important his columns are, covering traffic, congestion, freeways, law enforcement, cars, and all the other topics associated with the region''s crowded roads.

EPA issues first National Standards for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), the first national standards for power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollutants (also known as hazardous air pollutants, HAPs) such as arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide. mercury, PM (a surrogate for toxic non-mercury metals), and HCl (a surrogate for all toxic acid gases).

New Green Compact Car Coming In 2011 From. Mercury ?!?!?

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Despite the appealing 2010 Milan Hybrid, the Mercury brand hardly springs to mind when you think "green car". Ford confirmed yesterday that Mercury will introduce a new compact car in In fact, it hardly springs to mind, period; Ford's upmarket brand has languished for years with little product and even less attention. Now that's going to change.

ORNL study identifies more biopathways for formation of toxic methylmercury

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Mercury is a toxin that spreads around the globe mainly through the burning of coal, other industrial uses, and natural processes such as volcanic eruptions, and various forms of mercury are widely found in sediments and water.

Ford Terminates Mercury Brand, Expands Lincoln Lineup with Focus on Fuel Efficiency

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end production of Mercury vehicles in the fourth quarter of this year to fully devote its financial, product development, production and marketing, sales and service resources toward further growing its core Ford brand while enhancing the Lincoln brand. The Mercury marque was founded in 1939 by Edsel Ford to market cars positioned between regular Ford models and Lincoln luxury vehicles. Mercury. Of Ford Motor Company’s 16% market share in the US, Mercury accounts for 0.8

Mercury Marine Launches New Lower-Emission Outboard Motors with Orbital FlexDI System

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Mercury Marine , the largest US outboard manufacturer, recently introduced two new OptiMax outboard models for the northern hemisphere summer. Synerject, Orbital’s Joint Venture partnership with Continental AG, is a key supplier to Mercury for the OptiMax fuel injection systems. The two new outboards, the 200 Pro XS and the 125 hp, use Orbital FlexDI direct injection fuel systems ( earlier post ), and are reported as having best in class fuel economy.

Polite Reminder: As It Gets Colder, Your Plug-in’s Range May Drop

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If you’re approaching your first winter of plug-in car ownership, however, you might be in for a shock as the mercury starts to drop. The nights are getting longer, children are starting to get ready for Halloween, and in certain states, you’ll have already had the first fall frost. Like you, your plug-in car won’t want to travel

Solvay launches rare earth recycling activity in France

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Used light bulbs are collected, sorted and processed by specialized companies who recycle their different components (glass, metals, plastics, mercury). Belgium-based chemical group Solvay has opened two rare earth recycling units in France. In order to diversify its sources of supply and preserve resources, Solvay has developed a process for recovering rare earths contained in end-of-life equipment such as low-energy light bulbs, batteries or magnets.

RIT study ranks 10 most efficient powertrains, 10 lowest energy consumption chassis

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The most efficient powertrains on the UDDS city cycle by PAGE analysis are (1) Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD); Mercury Milan; Mercury Mariner HEV 4x4; and the Ford Escape HEV 4x2. The most efficient powertrains on the highway cycle by PABE analysis are: Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD; Ford Taurus AWD; Mercury Mariner HEV 4x4; and the Ford Escape HEV 4x2.

Top 5 Most Researched Hybrid SUVs

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Rounding out the list were the Saturn Vue hybrid and the Mercury Mariner hybrid. It’s January and the 2010 car season is officially in full swing now that the doors have opened at the North American International Auto Show.

Ford gives its dealers the green light

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In the US, the company has established the “Go Green” sustainability programme, a voluntary initiative aimed at helping Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers improve both their energy [.]. Tags: Ford Green cars Latest news Ford dealerships Ford USA Go Green green dealerships Lincoln Mercury Rocky Mountain Institute

CO2 emissions down from 2008 to 2009

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Hybrid Honda SUV? We Keep Hoping!

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Even as Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, Chrysler, Mercury, Mazda, and Cadillac have joined the previously mentioned manufacturers in offering SUV hybrids, Honda continues to be the most searched and presumably the most sought after eco-friendly sport ute.

ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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Soy-based polyurethane foams have been placed in the seat cushions and seatbacks of the Ford Mustang, Expedition, F-150, Focus, Escape, Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner, Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln MKS, and, most recently, 2010 Taurus. Soy-foam headliners were put in place for the 2010 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. A study by researchers at Iowa State University has determined that the automotive industry has a very large potential to utilize biobased materials.

Ford bucks the hybrid car sales trend

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During the first nine months of 2009, Ford’s US hybrid sales are 73 per cent higher than during the same period in 2008 largely thanks to the introduction of hybrid versions of the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, which went on sale for the first time in March, 2009. Hybrid car sales may have slumped as the recession continues to take its toll on the car industry, but Ford has made itself the exception that proves the rule.

Hybrid SUVs: Best of Both Worlds

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Given the current options, the Ford Escape hybrid (or Mercury Mariner hybrid) and Toyota Highlander hybrid are my top picks, but I also think even better choices will be available in the next few years. (I

US Coast Guard evaluating diesel outboards; final report due June 2018

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Three engines—Mercury Marine’s 175HP spark-ignited diesel engine and the OXE 200HP and Cox Powertrain 300HP compression-ignited diesel engines—will be tested through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, CRADA, with industry. The RDC is wrapping up the testing on Mercury Marine’s 175HP engine at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Yorktown, Virginia.

CenterPoint Energy Selects GE for Smart Grid Advanced Metering System for Houston, TX

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The MDS Mercury in its pole mounting. The MDS Mercury is a highly secure, industrial-grade WiMAX platform. GHz, the Mercury 3650 can be optimized for throughput (up to 9 Mbps aggregate) or for range (up to 14 miles). CenterPoint Energy , Inc.’s

Ford Introduces New Consumer Protection Program

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Under the Ford Advantage Plan, Ford will cover payments for up to 12 months on any new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle if customers lose their jobs. All Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles are covered under the Ford Advantage Plan. In addition to providing 12 months of payment protection of up to $700 per month, customers can take advantage of 0% financing on select Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles through Ford’s financing partner, Ford Motor Credit.

BREAKING NEWS: EPA Head Lisa Jackson To Resign

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As well as setting standards to cut mercury and other toxins from coal power plant pollution and limits on the dumping of waste, Jackson has played a major part in reducing the emissions and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson confirmed this morning that she is to resign from her position, the Washington Post reports.

Who is winning the green car race? The Green Piece

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In March 2009 however, its efforts really picked up pace as Ford launched to the US market the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Milan Mercury Hybrid, both as 2010 models. The Green Piece Column: Tuesday 27 October.

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Berkeley study finds renewable portfolio standards insufficient to meet 2030 GHG emission targets; new policy required

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Burning coal, a non-renewable resource, produces about 20% of the world’s greenhouse gases, but also releases harmful chemicals into the environment such as mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and sulfuric acid, responsible in some areas for acid rain and respiratory illness.

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Ford brand US sales top 2 million for first time since 2007

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Total Ford Motor Company sales (Ford, Lincoln and Mercury) in 2010 totalled 1.935 million, up 19.4% US sales of the Ford brand this week topped 2 million vehicles for the first time since 2007. The milestone makes Ford the best-selling brand in America and the first automotive brand to hit the 2 million mark in the US since 2007. In 2010, Ford brand sales reached 1,756,439 units, up 21.5% from 2009.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: Quick Drive

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That vehicle effectively replaced the Milan Hybrid from the Mercury brand, which Ford killed Ford has been building hybrid-electric vehicles for seven years now, and the company has constantly refined and improved its hybrid system over that time. But it was only this year that Lincoln acquired its own hybrid sedan, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

Green Car News: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hits 41 MPG

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With the impending death of the Mercury Milan Hybrid, there's just one luxury sedan that gets the EPA's top fuel economy ranking for the 2011 model year--and that would be the Milan's surviving sister, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. While it waits patiently for an on-sale date this fall, the MKZ Hybrid's been pegged by the EPA at the same 41-mpg

Compare 11 SUVs On 11 Specs

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Mercury Mariner. Based on what people are searching for on HybridSUV.com and the keyword searches driving traffic from search engines, we recently created a one-page document to help our visitors compare hybrid SUVs. We call this the Hybrid SUV Comparison Chart.

New Hybrid Braking Issue: First Prius, Now Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Late yesterday, Ford announced a "customer satisfaction program" that will ask that owners of 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid models built before October 17 to bring the cars to their dealer for a free software upgrade. Another day, another hybrid braking problem. Only this time, it's not Toyota. It's Ford.

Canada and Alberta introduce joint plan for improved environmental monitoring in the oil sands

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PAHs, mercury, arsenic, etc.). Proposed oil sands monitoring by 2015. Click to enlarge.