Energy

Chinese Environmental Watchdog Freezes Industrial Development on Parts of Filthy Rivers
July 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China's environmental watchdog froze industrial development along parts of four filthy rivers to force a cleanup but indicated corruption may thwart the effort, news reports said Wednesday.

Australia Protects Rock Art, but OKs LNG Plant
July 4, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Vast areas of ancient Aboriginal rock art dating back to the last ice age will be protected in Australia's northwest, but some may be moved to make way for a major gas terminal, the Australian government said on Tuesday.

Texas Begins Desalinating Sea Water
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

On a one-acre site alongside a string of shrimp boats docked on the Brownsville ship channel stands a $2.2 million assembly of pipes, sheds, and humming machinery -- Texas' entree into global efforts to make sea water suitable to drink.

Nuclear Energy Hot Topic Once Again
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

Thanks to global warming, nuclear energy is hot again. Its promise of abundant, carbon emissions-free power is being pushed by the president and newly considered by environmentalists. But any expansion won't come cheap or easy.

Australian Crews Plan Second Bid To Float Beached Freighter
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Rick Rycroft, Associated Press

Salvage crews planned a second attempt to free a coal freighter carrying hundreds of thousands of liters (gallons) of fuel oil from a sandbar after two tow lines snapped in a failed bid overnight, officials said Friday.

House Committee Defeats Increase to Gas Mileage Standards
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

A House committee on Thursday rejected an auto industry-backed plan to raise gas mileage standards for new vehicles. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wanted to increase the requirements for any vehicle that uses renewable fuels.

Critics Say Laos Dam Project Shortchanged, Sickened Villagers
June 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A hydroelectric dam megaproject under construction in Laos has left local villagers shortchanged and sickened, an environmental group said Wednesday.

Floating Wind Turbine May Be in North Sea by 2009
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

The world's first floating wind turbine could be generating electricity in the North Sea in 2009 under a research pact on Monday between Norwegian energy group Norsk Hydro and German engineering firm Siemens.

Green Aviation Management Forum To Address Environmental Strategies, Sustainable Solutions
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM -

In September, the Green Aviation Management Forum will examine issues of environmental strategy within the aviation industry and explore sustainable solutions, including emissions trading, alternative fuels, and air traffic management.

Darfur Conflict Worsening Environmental Damage
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Alfred de Montesquiou, Associated Press

Decades of drought helped trigger Darfur's violence as rival groups fought over scarce water and arable land. Now, experts fear the war and its refugee crisis are making the environment even worse, leaving the land increasingly uninhabitable and intensifying tensions with no end to the drought in sight.

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