Congo Takes Tentative Steps Toward Power Dream
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Marlene Rabaud, Reuters
Fresh from its first free elections in over 40 years, Africa's third biggest country may finally live up to its name, and is trying to get its chaotic economy back on track after decades of systematic looting and violence.
Feds Want More Information about BP Pipeline Replacement Plan at Prudhoe Bay
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Federal regulators have ordered oil giant BP PLC to submit more details about its plans for replacing corroded pipelines at Prudhoe Bay, the nation's largest oil field.
Scores of Indebted Indian Farmers Call off Threat to Jump off Water Tanks
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press
More than 100 indebted farmers in a western Indian state threatened Wednesday to commit mass suicide by jumping off high water tanks, but later called off their protest after a minister promised to examine their demands for debt write-offs.
Small Nuclear War Could Lead to Cooldown
December 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press
Some of the scientists who first advanced the controversial "nuclear winter" theory more than two decades ago have come up with another bleak forecast: Even a regional nuclear war would devastate the environment.
EPA Changing Fuel Economy Estimates
December 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued new testing procedures that will cause fuel economy estimates on the stickers of new vehicles to drop an average of 12 percent for city driving on most 2008 model year vehicles, and 8 percent for highway driving.
Nissan Planning New Fuel-Cell Vehicle for Early 2010s
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Carl Freire, Associated Press
Nissan Motor Co. announced plans Monday to launch a next-generation fuel cell vehicle in the early 2010s in Japan and North America as part of its mid-term environmental strategy.
Mideast May Save Dead Sea With Red Sea
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Shafika Mattar, Associated Press
Officials from Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority met along the shores of the Dead Sea to settle details of a study to save the shrinking body of water, agreeing to proceed with plans to draw water from the Red Sea.
Two Still Fighting Dump Near Joshua Tree
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press
From their trailer in the middle of the desert, Larry and Donna Charpied two-finger typed the first lawsuit they filed to stop Los Angeles County from putting one of the nation's biggest dumps on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park. And won.
Amazon Dam Project Draws Heated Opposition in Brazil
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Peter Blackburn, Reuters
Rubber tappers, fishermen and Indians in western Brazil have joined environmental groups in battling a planned $9 billion hydroelectric project that will flood one of the Amazon's main tributaries.
China to Boost Energy Profile with U.S.
December 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Emma Graham-Harrison and Nidhi Verma, Reuters
China next week hosts a wide-ranging summit of U.S. and Asian energy ministers that will boost the energy profile of the world's number-two oil consumer as it seeks greater leverage over crude prices.