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House Approves Clean-Water Bill over White House Objections
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Jim Abrams, Associated Press
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly endorsed federal help for communities faced with deteriorating sewage systems, ignoring White House warnings that the cost was too high. The legislation, approved 367-58, would spend $1.7 billion over five years in federal grants to states and municipalities.
Nobel Winner Seeks Government Deeds to Match Words
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Harding, Reuters
A global campaign to plant a billion trees has highlighted a big gap between government aid pledges and action, African Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai said on Wednesday.
China Building Blitz Holds Key to Energy Saving
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters
Forget how much coal it burns. Forget its double-digit economic growth. Forget subsidised prices and the fact that a new car hits China's roads every six seconds. The biggest obstacle in China's path to curbing its wasteful energy ways may be the roofs over its citizens' heads.
As Biofuels Boom, Will More Go Hungry?
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Ruth Gidley, Reuters
Using plants to feed our fuel needs may be a great idea, and the biofuel goldrush could be a moneyspinner for several poor countries, but some experts warn people may go hungry as food prices rise.
Auto Companies Look for Faster Way to Turn Green Thinking into More Sales, Better Clout
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Matt Moore, Associated Press
The global auto industry is experiencing a green revolution, convinced that lower emissions and hybrid engines could turn eco-minded drivers into a long-term customers.
Ethanol May Not Ease Global Warming, UN Says
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Andrea Welsh, Reuters
It's too soon to say whether ethanol will help slow global warming, the head of the United Nations Environment Program said Monday, ahead of a meeting by the world's two biggest ethanol producers to discuss building a world market in the biofuel.
Brazil Biofuel Program Has Environmental Risks, Opportunities
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press
A proposed ethanol alliance that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is expected to forge with President Bush later this week poses both opportunities and risks for the environment, a top U.N. environmental official said Monday.
Cambodian Leader Warns That Development Poses Threat to Great Lake
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Cambodia's prime minister warned Monday that increasing population and over-exploitation of fisheries and wildlife pose a dire threat to his country's Tonle Sap, or "Great Lake," the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.
U.S. Aid Sanctions Turn Taps Off Critical Palestinian Water, Wastewater Projects
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Amy Teibel, Associated Press
One slip, and Issa Abu Shakr's 5-year-old nephew plunged into the fetid stream of sewage that flows outside the family's West Bank home. The contact with the filthy water required multiple blood transfusions and a 10-day hospital stay, Abu Shakr says.
EU Still Stuck on Green Fuels Target
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Mark John and Ingrid Melander, Reuters
European Union foreign ministers sought on Monday to narrow differences on how to combat climate change but resistance remained to a German bid to fix mandatory targets for the use of "green fuels."