Energy

Senate Panel OKs Bill To Increase Green U.S. Power
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Senate may vote later this month on an energy bill that would by 2020 require that 15 percent of U.S. electricity be produced by renewable sources such as wind and solar.

Religious Leaders Tour Kentucky Coal Mining Sites, Praying for End to Mountaintop Removal
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Samiar Jafari, Associated Press

Amid a backdrop of bulldozers, warning sirens and mine blasts, demonstrators bowed their heads and prayed for the land, the water and mostly for an end to the practice of removing mountaintops to extract coal.

Scientists Display Modified Sorghum Crop
May 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Graczyk, Associated Press

Texas A&M University scientists showed off to state and federal officials Tuesday a genetically engineered crop of sorghum they believe will be a more efficient and economical option to corn in drier parts of the country as the nation pushes for alternative energy sources.

For Asian Countries, Targeting Rice Paddies Could Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

As delegates at a global warming conference hash out the best ways to reduce greenhouse gases, one of the problems -- and a possible solution -- may lie just outside Thailand's teeming capital in the country's rice fields.

Seven Colorado River States Submit Plan for Sharing Water in Drought
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Seven states dependent on the Colorado River filed a plan with the Interior Department on Monday aimed at divvying up water resources during times of drought. Officials said the long-debated pact would protect 30 million people who depend on the river for drinking water.

Interior Expands Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling off Alaska, Virginia and in Gulf
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Interior Department announced a major expansion of offshore oil and gas development Monday with proposed lease sales covering 48 million new acres off Alaska, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and in the central Atlantic off Virginia.

Rainmakers Give Light Relief in Warm, Dry World
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat, Reuters

Welcome to the work of the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking, a small front line in Thailand's fight against drought -- a struggle likely to become increasingly desperate if scientists and governments meeting in Bangkok this week fail to agree a masterplan to tackle global warming.

FACTBOX: Methane, from Cow Burps to Rice Paddies
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Methane is among the most potent greenhouse gases and scientists say controlling emissions from cows and sheep, rice fields and the oil and gas industry is a major step in limiting climate change.

The Heat Is on for Greenhouse Gas Methane
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Government policies and a U.N.-backed system of emission credits is proving a money-spinner for investors, farmers and big polluters such as power stations wanting to offset their own emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2).

Indian Project Shows Solar Power Affordable, U.N. Says
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A solar power project in India supplying electricity to 100,000 people will be widened to other developing nations after showing that clean energy can be cheaper than fossil fuels, a U.N. report said on Sunday.

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