Lighting an Efficient Future, Minus the Mercury
May 30, 2008 08:19 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

More and more countries are banning incandescent light bulbs in favor of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs. But options to recycle the mercury-laden alternatives are often scarce.

When we allow cars to compete with people for food
May 30, 2008 08:15 AM - Stanford

Crude oil prices hit $120 a barrel this month, translating into gas pump prices above $4 a gallon in parts of the United States. As a result, the rallying cry of energy self-sufficiency is gaining strength, reinforcing the U.S. policy of promoting renewable fuels, particularly corn-based ethanol, to reduce dependence on imported oil.

Study Supports U.S. Wind Expansion
May 28, 2008 10:09 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Wind energy can supply 20 percent of U.S. electricity needs by 2030 at a "modest" cost difference, a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report says. The analysis predicts that the 20 percent wind scenario would cost about 2 percent more than sticking with the current energy mix, which relies more heavily on traditional fossil fuels.

Some long-haul Chicago flights are first AMR cuts
May 28, 2008 09:12 AM - Reuters

Route cuts at American Airlines will start with discontinuing some long-haul service, including Chicago flights to Honolulu and Buenos Aires, the carrier said on Tuesday. American, a unit of AMR Corp, also will cut service between Boston and San Diego, effective September 3. Flights from O'Hare airport in Chicago to Buenos Aires will cease on September 3 as well, while Chicago-Honolulu service will end on January 5, 2009.

Energy Scavenging: Squeezing Watts from Motion
May 28, 2008 09:09 AM - , Triple Pundit

Using the same technology that allows hybrid cars to recycle braking energy, Max Donelan invented a gadget that produces power from the human knee - capable of producing 2.5 watts of electricity per leg. The unit is not too practical at the moment, but the technology and potential is sound. Currently the knee power generator weighs in at 3.5 lbs and it looks very awkward to have strapped on. Although 2.5 watts doesn’t seem like too much it is enough to power 5 mobile phones free of charge or resource.

Small business crunched by fuel prices
May 27, 2008 08:13 AM - Reuters

Many U.S. small business owners say soaring fuel costs are eating their profits at a time when the economy is already weak, making them more cautious about expanding or hiring. "In theory we could pass on extra costs with fuel surcharges," said Vince Puente, part owner of Southwest Office Systems Inc (SOS), which sells and services copy machines and other office equipment to companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. "However, our competitors are all bigger than us and aren't doing that, so surcharges would kill us."

Wind power could make Norway "Europe's battery"
May 26, 2008 12:45 PM - Reuters

Norway could become "Europe's battery" by developing huge sea-based wind parks costing up to $44 billion by 2025, Norway's Oil and Energy Minister said on Monday. Norway's Energy Council, comprising business leaders and officials, said green exports could help the European Union reach a goal of getting 20 percent of its electricity by 2020 from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro or wave power.

G8 environment ministers: halve emissions by 2050
May 26, 2008 02:45 AM - Reuters

Environment ministers from the G8 rich nations on Monday urged their leaders to set a global target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a small but vital step in the fight against climate change. But they stopped short of suggesting specific interim targets ahead of 2050, a key demand of developing countries in tough U.N.-led talks to forge a new treaty on global warming by the end of next year.

Pioneers show Americans how to live "off-grid"
May 25, 2008 08:22 PM - Reuters

With energy prices going through the roof, an alternative lifestyle powered by solar panels and wind turbines has suddenly become more appealing to some. For architect Todd Bogatay, it has been reality for years. When he bought this breezy patch of scrub-covered mountaintop with views to Mexico more than two decades ago, he was one of only a few Americans with an interest in wind- and solar-powered homes.

Airlines increase U.S. round-trip fares by up to $60
May 24, 2008 08:00 AM - Reuters

Three major U.S. airlines have raised round-trip fares in the United States by up to $60 as they struggle with record oil prices, which have roughly doubled in the past year. A spokeswoman for United Airlines, owned by UAL Corp,, said round-trip fares would rise between $10 and $60 to offset rising fuel costs.

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