Energy

Palm Oil Puts Squeeze on Endangered Orangutan
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Gillian Murdoch, Reuters

Branded pests for venturing out from their diminishing forest habitats into plantations where they eat young palm shoots, orangutans could be extinct in the wild in ten years time, the United Nations said in March.

Climate To Push Up Australian Power Costs, Study Shows
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Electricity prices could rise by up to 75 percent from 2020 if Australia's government refuses to take strong climate change action and set up a carbon trading system, Australia's Climate Institute said on Monday.

Trouble Brews in Germany as Biofuel Boom Jacks Up Price of Beer
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

In the last two years, the price of barley has doubled to euro200 (US$271) from euro102 per ton as farmers plant more crops such as rapeseed and corn that can be turned into ethanol or bio-diesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil.

Global Experts Urge Joint Efforts To Find New Energy Sources for Vehicles
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press

International car manufacturers and energy experts on Thursday urged increased global efforts to find new sources of renewable energy for vehicles -- including advanced biofuels -- in a move to reduce the speed of global warming.

The Coral Sea Vista Opened Up By British Judges
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Luke Baker, Reuters

In a decision handed down by the law lord in charge of appeals, the Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke, flanked on his dais by two equally grave judges, it was decreed the British government had abused its power when it evicted the Chagossians four decades ago. The Chagossians could go home.

Cool Hand Nuke: Paul Newman Endorses New York Nuclear Power Plant
May 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

Call him Cool Hand Nuke. Paul Newman weighed in Wednesday on the Indian Point nuclear power facility in the New York suburbs, pronouncing it safer than military bases he had visited.

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.

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