EasyJet boss calls for polluter tax on planes
September 18, 2007 10:53 AM -
LONDON (Reuters) - British low-cost airline easyJet called on Tuesday for the government to scrap airport taxes on passengers and replace them with taxes on aircraft that penalize the heaviest polluters.
EasyJet Chief Executive Andy Harrison told reporters at a briefing at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London that there were roughly 15 types of passenger aircraft, and the system should be banded to take account of their fuel efficiency.
EasyJet runs a relatively young fleet of planes that are more fuel-efficient than older models.
Petrol Cars will all be banned by 2040 if ...
September 18, 2007 07:45 AM - Chris, Environmental Graffiti
Petrol Cars will all be banned by 2040 if the lib Dems’ move is seen by many as an attempt to regain a foothold in mainstream politics by becoming radical innovators. Their leader Sir Menzies Campbell said that the Liberal Democrats were the only party that were prepared to stand up and address what changes need to be implemented to tackle the negative effects of climate change.
PetroChina Wins Environmental Clearance Before IPO
September 18, 2007 07:23 AM - Reuters
BEIJING - PetroChina (0857.HK: Quote, Profile , Research), Asia's top oil and gas company, has won environmental clearance for its oil and petrochemical projects to be funded by a planned domestic stock offering, the country's environment watchdog said.
U.S. to issue report in autumn on Mass. wind project
September 17, 2007 05:40 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department's Minerals Management Service will issue a draft report this autumn on the environmental impact of a controversial wind power project proposed for off the coast of Massachusetts, the head of the agency said on Monday.
Energy Security Depends on Where You Live
September 17, 2007 11:01 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
Your definition of energy security might just depend on where you live. For consumer countries like the United States, China, and Japan, energy security means reliable sources of supply. For producer states like Russia and Saudi Arabia, security equates to high prices and stability in global markets.
Could Kyoto Protocol learn from Montreal?
September 17, 2007 08:25 AM - Reuters
Could the solution to global warming be as simple as a switch of cities?
For those who think the Kyoto Protocol is not working to cut greenhouse gas emissions that are heating the planet, why not take some lessons from the Montreal Protocol, praised as the world's most successful climate treaty?
Vietnam returns bomb-grade uranium to Russia
September 17, 2007 08:09 AM -
HANOI (Reuters) - Weapons-grade uranium was removed from Vietnam's sole nuclear reactor at the weekend under anti-terrorism agreements with the United States and Russia, a Vietnamese government agency said.
The report seen on Monday said that the reactor in the southern resort of Dalat would use less than 20 percent of low enriched uranium (LEU) from about 36 percent of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) in a conversion that prevents the uranium from being used to make a nuclear bomb.
The Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety & Control described the change as a "successful tri-party cooperation between Vietnam, Russia and the United States".
Greenspan Says Iraq War Is Largely About Oil", Creates Political Storm
September 17, 2007 08:04 AM - JoAnne Allen, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Clarifying a controversial comment in his new memoir, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he told the White House before the Iraq war that removing Saddam Hussein was "essential" to secure world oil supplies, according to an interview published on Monday.
New World Record For Solar Aircraft
September 16, 2007 11:57 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
QinetiQ's Zephyr UAV exceeds official world record for longest duration unmanned flight White Sands, NM - There's a new world record for unmanned flight, this one solar powered, set this week by what's called an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The craft exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight with a 54 hour flight achieved during trials at the US Military's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. A company called QinetiQ’s made the craft, which they call Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE).
Nations ink deal to provide safer atomic power
September 16, 2007 11:43 AM - Mark Heinrich, Reuters
VIENNA (Reuters) - Sixteen nations signed a U.S.-initiated pact on Sunday to help meet soaring world energy demand by developing nuclear technology less prone to being illicitly diverted into making atomic weapons. Eleven nations joined five nuclear fuel-producing powers -- the United States, Russia, China, France and Japan -- which formed the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership in a GNEP statement of principles at a ceremony in Vienna. The new members ranged from Kazakhstan to Poland, Jordan and Ghana. Almost two-dozen nations were present as potential candidates or observers including Canada, Libya, Turkey, South Korea, Britain and other large EU states.