Energy

Cedar, Rosewood Fail To Win Protection at U.N. Talks
June 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters

Bids to curb logging of South and Central American cedar and rosewood trees, the source of some of the world's most valuable timber, failed on Thursday at a United Nations wildlife meeting.

Dredging May Not Eliminate Contaminants
June 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Contaminated sediments in rivers and bays from coast to coast pose an environmental hazard, and while dredging reduces the sediment it doesn't always solve the problem, the National Research Council reported Tuesday.

One-Third of U.S. Water Estuaries in Bad Shape
June 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Lisa Lambert, Reuters

More than one-third of the coastal waters that link America's rivers and oceans are in poor condition, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a report Tuesday, with Puerto Rico and the Northeast coast faring the worst.

Old Adaminaby Resurfaces in Australian Drought
June 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Drowned 50 years ago for progress and the promise of near limitless water, the town of Old Adaminaby has re-emerged from its sunken grave as drought ravages one of Australia's biggest lakes.

Experts Warn Climate Change To Hit Bangladesh Food Output
June 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Azad Majumder, Reuters

Rising temperatures will hurt food production in Bangladesh, and millions of people could be displaced as the seas around the low-lying nation rise, environment experts said on Tuesday.

Japan Floats Idea of Industry Energy Benchmarks
June 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

Japan on Tuesday floated the idea of industry energy-saving benchmarks and urged households to do their bit as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to lead the fight against global warming at this week's Group of Eight summit.

Tree Planting, Worm Farming on World Environment Day
June 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Australian protesters held a "picnic rally" against the logging of native forests while hundreds of Indian policemen swapped guns for spades to plant trees on Tuesday to highlight World Environment Day.

EU, Lightbulb Makers Announce Plans To Make More Eco-Friendly Lamps
June 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

European lightbulb makers announced Tuesday they want to phase out the standard lightbulb within eight years and replace it with more eco-friendly lamps. The initiative was submitted to the European Commission, which is responsible for setting new so-called eco-design standards for energy efficient lighting.

House Chairman Pushes Tougher Regulation for Wind Industry
June 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Rep. Nick Rahall, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is pushing legislation that would more strictly regulate wind energy to protect birds, bats and other wildlife killed when they fly into the giant turbines.

Nuclear Fuel Dump in Russian Arctic in Danger of Exploding, Norwegian Group Says
June 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

A nuclear waste dump in the Russia Arctic may be in danger of exploding because of corrosion caused by salt water in enormous storage tanks, the Norwegian environmental group Bellona warned Friday.

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