Energy

Preservationists Fear Major Power Lines Coming to U.S. National Parks
July 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press

Preservationists worry that a 2005 law that gave U.S. regulators new authority over where massive power lines are built could put hundreds of national and state parks and other protected sites in the Northeast and Southwest in or near their path.

Harnessing the Sun: Facts and Myths about Solar Power
July 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Michelle Xiarhos Curran

Energy costs continue to rise. Health problems are increasingly being linked to poor air quality. And as the summer sun bears down on much of the country, it's no wonder that more and more people are harnessing the sun's energy to power their homes.

Ugandan Refugees Go Online
July 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

Refugees forced into crowded camps by northern Uganda's two-decade civil war need many things: food, doctors, toilets, bore holes for drinking water, schools -- and computers?

Palm Oil Firms Burning Indonesia Forests
July 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Adhityani Arga, Reuters

Palm oil companies are burning peat forests to clear land for plantations in Indonesia's Riau province, despite government pledges to end forest fires, environment group Greenpeace said on Thursday.

Activists Hope To Start Bike-Sharing in New York
July 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Karen Brettell, Reuters

New York City may seem like an unlikely place to leave bicycles out for people to ride for free, but some activists are hoping residents can learn to share bikes like Europeans to ease congestion and pollution.

Sheeps Being Trained to Weed Vineyards
July 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Michelle Locke, Associated Press

Enthusiastic and unpicky eaters, sheep are already being used in some vineyards as a green alternative to tractors. They don't use gasoline and keep down weeds -- a necessary task to deter pests and keep vines healthy -- sans herbicides.

Solar Variations Not Behind Global Warming
July 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Hirschler, Reuters

The sun's changing energy levels are not to blame for recent global warming and, if anything, solar variations over the past 20 years should have had a cooling effect, scientists said on Wednesday.

BLM Gets OK for New North Slope Drilling
July 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Bureau of Land Management could go ahead with plans to allow drilling in a sensitive area near Teshekpuk Lake on the North Slope, an agency spokeswoman said.

University of Delaware Researcher Says Seeds from Salt-Tolerant Plant a Promising Source of Biodiesel
July 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Randall Chase, Associated Press

While the seashore mallow might be handy for a quick snack, the sturdy plant has provided Gallagher food for thought in addressing a smorgasbord of environmental problems, from global warming to the disappearance of coastal farmland.

China Province Vows Water Clean-Up Even if Economy Hurts
July 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The top official of an eastern Chinese province said he would be willing to sacrifice 15 percent of its booming economic activity to clean a lake beset by pollution-fed algae, state media reported on Monday.

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