Energy

A U.S.-Mexico Commission Fears Border Fence May Flout 1970 Treaty
May 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

A planned, much-debated fence along the U.S.-Mexico border designed to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the Rio Grande river could skew the border and violate a 1970 treaty, a binational commission said.

Billions in Forest Damage Caused by Campers Transporting Insect-Infested Firewood
May 24, 2007 12:00 AM - David Tirrell-Wysocki, Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service and state forestry agencies around the country say transporting firewood lets tree-killing insects hitch a ride into the woods, contributing to billions of dollars in damage and needless work each year.

Congress Considers Changing U.S. Water Pollution Law
May 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Lisa Lambert, Reuters

U.S. House Democrats said Tuesday they want to change a major water pollution law to answer a recent Supreme Court decision and make clear the law applies to all of the country's water.

Malaysia on PR Campaign over Rainforests, Wildlife
May 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Naveen Thukral, Reuters

Malaysia's palm oil industry, stung by global criticism over the environmental impact of rapidly expanding plantations, has launched a campaign to tell the world that it cares for forests and wildlife.

Agency Aims to Improve Habitat for Sheep
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

In a state known as the least-forested in the nation, the U.S. Forest Service wants to fell hundreds of juniper trees in North Dakota's Badlands to improve the habitat for transplanted bighorn sheep.

China Says Environment Losing Out to Development
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China must integrate environmental conservation into its development plans, officials said on Tuesday, as the environment ministry said pollution across the country was getting worse.

Three Gorges Dam Causes Downstream Erosion, Study Finds
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, is retaining huge amounts of sediment and nutrients and causing significant erosion in the downstream reaches of the Yangtze River, researchers have found.

Known for Its Freedom, Unique Nuclear Lab Faces Closure
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

It seems far-fetched that a heavily guarded government complex where scientists spent decades producing materials for nuclear weapons has also become a playground for environmentalists.

Australian Foreign Minister Says Regional Carbon Trading Scheme Unlikely Soon
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Chinese and U.S. opposition to international carbon trading make a regional scheme to place a price on pollution unlikely in the near future, Australia's foreign minister said Monday.

Can Americans Get Charged on Electric Cars?
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Mary Milliken, Reuters

While others hammer away at battery technology to make all-electric cars go further and cost less, ZAP (as in zero air pollution) believes it has the formula in its tiny Xebra cars made in China: Plug it in at home and go up to 40 miles per hour for up to 25 miles).

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