Earth's Best Friend: Corporate America?

With Uncle Sam too strapped to foot the bill for environmental R&D, it's falling to business, which is more often finding the effort worthwhile

David Leith, an environmental researcher at the University of North Carolina, has noticed a pronounced changing of the guard in the effort to protect the nation's air, water, and natural resources. Some 20 years ago, when he first began working on ways to reduce air pollution, most of his funding came from the federal government. Now, all of it, $1 million-plus over the past eight years, has come from the corporate world -- places such as Ford Motor (F ) and the United Auto Workers union. The focus of Leith's research has changed as well, from reducing factory emissions to cutting pollution inside plants.

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