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.
Clinton, Mining Industry Launch Anti-Poverty Effort
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Claude Parsons, Reuters
Former President Bill Clinton Thursday announced a plan to fight poverty in the developing world in partnership with the mining industry, which often is accused of exploiting the poor and the environment.
Senate Passes Energy Bill Favoring Renewables, Better Auto Fuel Economy
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
Democrats celebrated a step toward reducing U.S. dependence on oil as the Senate approved a bill calling for more ethanol and the first boost in gas mileage in decades.