Energy

U.S. Senate Struggles for Deal on Auto Fuel Standards
June 21, 2007 12:00 AM - John Crawley, Reuters

The U.S. Senate struggled Wednesday to reach a compromise proposal to increase vehicle fuel efficiency, a major disagreement point holding up progress on broad-based energy legislation.

Desalination Could Aggravate Climate Change
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Eliane Engeler, Associated Press

Extracting salt from seawater to make it drinkable is the wrong way to handle water shortages around the world and could exacerbate climate change, a leading conservation group said Tuesday.

Chilean Salmon Industry Damaging Lakes, WWF Says
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Gideon Long, Reuters

Chile is damaging its picturesque southern lakes by using them to raise young salmon, so it should nurture the fish in man-made ponds instead, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday.

Search for Water Gets Harder in U.S. Southwest
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Nick Carey, Reuters

The heavily forested, mountain town of Flagstaff has grown to 62,000 people from 45,000 in 1990, straining its water resources. Upper Lake Mary, a man-made reservoir that provides up to 40 percent of the town's water needs of 11 million gallons a day, is down to 18 percent of normal levels.

Greenpeace Asks Passengers at Four UK Airports To Travel by Train Instead
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Greenpeace set up booths at four British airports on Tuesday aimed at persuading people to help fight global warming by traveling by train instead of plane.

Galveston Group Kicks Off Lagoon Project
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council are embarking on a project to turn the island's East End lagoon into an environmental education center.

Powerful Interest Groups Complicate Swift Action on Energy in Congress
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Three powerful lobbying forces -- automakers, electric utilities and the coal industry -- are confounding Democrats' efforts to forge a less-polluting energy policy.

Parched Australia Plans Giant Desalination Plant
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australia is planning to build one of the world's largest desalination plants as part of a $4.9 billion ($4 billion) programme to provide drinking water to the nation's second-largest city Melbourne.

Push for Increase in Biofuels Causes Oil Industry To Scale Back Refinery Expansion
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A push from Congress and the White House for huge increases in biofuels, such as ethanol, is prompting the oil industry to scale back its plans for refinery expansions. That could keep gasoline prices high, possibly for years to come.

Canada Approves Plan To Bury Its Nuclear Waste
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada said Thursday it had approved the idea of burying nuclear waste from its power plants deep in the ground at a single location, a proposal that green activists immediately condemned as too risky.

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