Energy

Scientist says tests back Russia Arctic claim
August 23, 2007 10:20 AM - Conor Sweeney -Reuters

A Russian scientist said on Thursday that fresh test results back his country's legal bid to take control of the Arctic, just weeks after a submarine planted the Russian national flag on the North Pole's seabed. The race to claim ownership of the Arctic, home to vast untapped gas and oil reserves, has intensified with Canada, Denmark, Norway and the U.S. all vying with Russia to build their political and legal case to claim jurisdiction.

Hot compost bugs promise greener car fuel
August 23, 2007 10:04 AM - Pete Harrison - Reuters

A laboratory of hot, bubbling jars of bacteria near London holds the key to curbing CO2 pollution from cars, says Hamish Curran, Chief Executive of Britain's TMO Renewables. "We believe what we've found is not far from the silver bullet, and our demonstration plant will be about showing that," Curran told Reuters during a visit to the group's laboratories in Guildford on Wednesday.

Got an addiction? Milk and oil prices rise, but demand remains strong
August 23, 2007 09:36 AM - Danielle Nierenberg -Worldwatch Institute

They're items nearly every American can't live without, and they've been in the news a lot this summer. As prices for gasoline and milk rise, consumers have balked at—but still paid for—gas that hovers at around $3 a gallon and milk that costs anywhere from $3 to $5 a carton. But the question isn't whether these prices are too high—it's whether we're paying enough for our penchant for cheap dairy and fossil fuels.

GOP Presidential Hopeful Takes Anti-Washington Stance on a Wide Range of Issues
August 23, 2007 09:17 AM - Brendan Riley, Associated Press

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney took a strong states' rights stance Wednesday on Western issues of water, mining and public lands, saying he's against "heavy-handed" intrusion by the federal government.

Bush Administration Set to Ease Legal Limits on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
August 23, 2007 08:01 AM - EarthJustice

Continuing a dangerous and irresponsible trend, the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) this week will announce plans to try again to make stream annihilation legal by exempting coal mining wastes from a 1983 regulation.

Automakers, UAW, and St. Louis Leaders Support of Raising Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards
August 22, 2007 09:44 PM - PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS - Hundreds of autoworkers, business leaders and government officials from St. Louis and surrounding counties rallied this morning at Gateway Mall in downtown St. Louis, urging federal lawmakers to protect jobs and consumer choice by supporting the bi- partisan federal legislation introduced by Representatives Baron Hill (D-IN) and Lee Terry (R-NE) to raise fuel economy in cars and trucks. Local congressional representatives from Missouri and Illinois were thanked for their support of the bill.

Department of Energy Awards $3.8 Million in Funding to 38 U.S. Universities for Nuclear Research Infrastructure
August 22, 2007 04:12 PM - U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today strengthened its commitment to advancing nuclear power by awarding $100,000 to 38 universities to enhance nuclear research and development (R&D) under President Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).

Researchers Urge Officials To Study Indirect Impacts of Fossil Fuels
August 22, 2007 03:23 PM - Carnegie Mellon

A team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers report that the choices U.S. officials make today could limit how the nation's future energy needs are met and could cost consumers billions in idle power plants and associated infrastructure systems.

New Technology Prmoises Dramatic Chip-Cooling Potential For Future Computers
August 22, 2007 01:20 PM - Emil Venere, Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have demonstrated a new technology using tiny "ionic wind engines" that might dramatically improve computer chip cooling, possibly addressing a looming threat to future advances in computers and electronics. The Purdue University researchers, in work funded by Intel Corp., have shown that the technology increased the "heat-transfer coefficient," which describes the cooling rate, by as much as 250 percent.

Radical Engine Redesign Would Reduce Pollution, Oil Consumption
August 22, 2007 01:15 PM - Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have created the first computational model to track engine performance from one combustion cycle to the next for a new type of engine that could dramatically reduce oil consumption and the emission of global-warming pollutants. "We're talking about a major leap in engine technology that could be used in hybrid cars to make vehicles much more environmentally friendly and fuel stingy," said Gregory M. Shaver, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

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