Energy

U.S., North Korea meet for one-on-one nuclear talks
September 1, 2007 08:45 AM - Laura MacInnis -Reuters

Top negotiators from the United States and North Korea met on Saturday for two days of talks meant to advance an international drive to end Pyongyang's nuclear program. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill and his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye-gwan did not speak to the press on arrival at the U.S. mission in Geneva, where the first day of the weekend talks began. Their session, aimed at normalizing relations between the countries that fought each other in the 1950-53 Korean War, is expected to focus on how the Stalinist state will disable and account for its nuclear facilities, as promised in a February "six-party" deal.

Wall Street Upbeat On New Breed Of Fuel Cells
August 31, 2007 02:15 PM - Haitham Haddadin, Reuters

NEW YORK - Hydrogen fuel cell makers may be seen as Wall Street pariahs but investors are now eyeing a new breed of alternative energy companies that may breathe new life into the ailing sector. Non-hydrogen fuel cell makers -- who manufacture fuel cells powered by natural gas or other clean-burning fuels like ethanol -- have in recent years attracted investment even as industry pioneers who build fuel cells that use hydrogen have gone out of favor.

Japan Halts Nuclear Research Units On Safety Concerns
August 31, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters

TOKYO - Japan has halted work at three nuclear research units run by its Atomic Energy Agency due to concerns over the handling of fuel material and other problems, Kyodo news agency said on Friday. The Science and Technology Ministry suspended activities at the units in Tokaimura, Ibaraki prefecture, after the agency reported 46 problems including procedural flaws, Kyodo said.

A Green Performance: Now Showing At Your Local Theater
August 31, 2007 10:31 AM - Nick Forland, ENN

In just seven years Arcola Theater has become one of London's favorite and most important theaters. Now it has a new plan to put its name in the green spotlight, a commitment to powering them with a sustainable solution.

Californians Switch Off To Avoid Brown Outs
August 31, 2007 08:34 AM - AARON C. DAVIS - Associated Press

California residents and businesses turned off lights, air conditioners and machinery Thursday to help the state weather an electricity shortage caused by soaring temperatures and high demand. The state's largest energy consumers had been notified that they might have to go dark to help prevent blackouts, but the mandatory interruptions at industrial, commercial and retail businesses were not needed.

Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Stops Coal Shipment
August 31, 2007 07:53 AM - Greenpeace

Toronto, Canada — The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has stopped shipment of coal from reaching the Nanticoke Generating Station on Lake Erie, preventing the coal freighter Algomarine from delivering its dirty cargo.

Virgin's Branson to Shun Thirsty 4-Engined Planes
August 31, 2007 07:47 AM - Reuters

Virgin Group boss Richard Branson said on Friday he would aim to avoid buying fuel-thirsty four-engined airplanes in future for both economic and environmental reasons. Virgin Atlantic's fleet of 38 planes all have four engines, and it has six four-engined Airbus A380 superjumbos on order. But in April the airline announced it was buying 15 of Boeing's new fuel-efficient carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner jets with 2 engines.

Ford 'Fumes-to-Fuel' System Turns Waste Paint Exhaust Into Clean Electric Power
August 31, 2007 07:24 AM - Ford News

Can paint exhaust be turned into an inexhaustible source of clean electric power? Absolutely, say Ford Motor Company and Detroit Edison, who have jointly developed a new Fumes-to-Fuel system that instead of burning paint fumes, turns them into hydrogen fuel for fuel cells.

Indonesian Palm Oil Boom Threatens Orangutan, Environment
August 31, 2007 07:16 AM - Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

Despite government claims pristine jungles are escaping the effects of the "green solution" to the energy crunch, the boom is threatening the survival of animals like the endangered orangutan and turning the country into a major global warming contributor, environmentalists say.

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