Dirty energy threatens health of 2 billion: study
September 13, 2007 08:22 AM - Ben Hirschler -Reuters
The health of about 2 billion of the world's poor is being damaged because they lack access to clean energy, like electricity, and face exposure to smoke from open fires, scientists said on Thursday. Dangerous levels of indoor air pollutants from badly ventilated cooking fires are a common hazard, while lack of electricity deprives many of the benefits of refrigeration.
China welcomes Iran-IAEA nuclear plan
September 13, 2007 07:23 AM - Reuters
China welcomed Iran's nuclear transparency deal with U.N. inspectors on Thursday, despite Western fears that it could be a recipe for delay. The August 21 "work plan" with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) commits Iran to answer longstanding questions about its nuclear activities over a rough timeline of a few months, leaving untouched Tehran's expanding uranium enrichment work.
Court Upholds Tough Vermont Auto Emissions Law
September 12, 2007 01:38 PM - Reuters
BOSTON (Reuters) - A District Court in Vermont on Wednesday upheld a state law that calls for a 30 percent reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, emitted by cars and certain light trucks. In his decision, Judge William K. Sessions found that the Vermont law -- which regulates greenhouse gas emissions -- did not conflict with federal regulations on fuel economy.
S.Korea to invest $6.14 bln in 2 nuclear plants
September 12, 2007 07:28 AM - Reuters
South Korea will invest 5.73 trillion won ($6.14 billion) to build two nuclear plants of 1.4 million kilowatts each by 2013-2014, Seoul's energy ministry said on Wednesday.
Biofuels May Be Threat To Food Supply, Increase Costs
September 11, 2007 12:46 PM - Sybille de La Hamaide, Reuters
PARIS (Reuters) - Biofuels, championed for reducing energy reliance, boosting farm revenues and helping fight climate change, may in fact hurt the environment and push up food prices, one study suggested on Tuesday. In a report on the impact of biofuels, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said biofuels may "offer a cure that is worse than the disease they seek to heal". "The current push to expand the use of biofuels is creating unsustainable tensions that will disrupt markets without generating significant environmental benefits," the OECD said.
Nuclear Industry Inches Toward New Construction In US
September 11, 2007 10:22 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters
SPRING CITY, Tennessee (Reuters) - When the Watts Bar Unit One here switched on in 1996 after a 23-year construction ordeal, it was the last of a generation of U.S. commercial nuclear power plants to emerge from a building cycle marred by massive cost over-runs and canceled plant orders. Now, the U.S. nuclear industry is hoping that its troubled building history will not repeat itself as it takes baby steps toward ending a 30-year nuclear construction hiatus.
US Airlines Don't Want To Play By EU Emissions Rules
September 11, 2007 10:03 AM - Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Parliament committee sought on Tuesday to delay the inclusion of all airlines in the European Union's emissions trading scheme to 2012. The executive European Commission proposed last year that inter-EU flights be included in the EU scheme, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, from 2011, while international flights into and out of the bloc should be included from 2012.
Hotels Hungry For Greener Energy-Saving Products
September 10, 2007 12:14 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Guestroom 2010 returns to the 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City, showcasing the cutting-edge innovations and eco-friendly new products that will soon be found in hotel guest rooms. A model hotel room, developed by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, will feature nearly 50 of the latest and near-future technologies at the industry's premier marketplace, taking place November 10-13, 2007, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Libya Creates World's Largest Sustainable Development
September 10, 2007 11:06 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Libya - Libya today announced the creation of an unprecedented sustainable development on its beautiful northern Mediterranean coast. The massive project includes a world class sustainable resort and spa, extensive wind and solar on the coast and desert area, growth of biofuel crops, closed loop water systems, sustainable transportation, housing, and the creation of a huge national ecological parkland that includes protection of the Mediterranean ocean and incorporates Tripoli and other cities. The 5,500 square kilometer development, called Green Mountain, covers an area that is home to diverse animal and plant species and historic and archaeologically rich sites.
Northeast U.S., Europe cooling use of energy to rise
September 10, 2007 08:46 AM - Reuters
Energy demand for cooling is likely to be above average in northeastern parts of the United States this week, while cooling demand in northwest Europe will also rise, forecasters Meteorlogix said on Monday.