Energy

Tree Planting, Worm Farming on World Environment Day
June 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Australian protesters held a "picnic rally" against the logging of native forests while hundreds of Indian policemen swapped guns for spades to plant trees on Tuesday to highlight World Environment Day.

EU, Lightbulb Makers Announce Plans To Make More Eco-Friendly Lamps
June 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

European lightbulb makers announced Tuesday they want to phase out the standard lightbulb within eight years and replace it with more eco-friendly lamps. The initiative was submitted to the European Commission, which is responsible for setting new so-called eco-design standards for energy efficient lighting.

House Chairman Pushes Tougher Regulation for Wind Industry
June 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Rep. Nick Rahall, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is pushing legislation that would more strictly regulate wind energy to protect birds, bats and other wildlife killed when they fly into the giant turbines.

Nuclear Fuel Dump in Russian Arctic in Danger of Exploding, Norwegian Group Says
June 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

A nuclear waste dump in the Russia Arctic may be in danger of exploding because of corrosion caused by salt water in enormous storage tanks, the Norwegian environmental group Bellona warned Friday.

Japan Showcases Eco-Friendly Cars Ahead of G-8 Summit
June 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took Japan's latest eco-friendly cars out for a spin Friday to show off his environmental awareness ahead of next week's G-8 summit meeting. Abe and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akira Amari took turns trying out six car models that emit zero or low-level carbon dioxide by using electric batteries, clean diesel, fuel cells, hydrogen gas or biofuels for power.

As Insurgency Ebbs, Kashmir Looks To Save Dal Lake
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Alistair Scrutton, Reuters

Raw sewage, land encroachment and years of neglect have been threatening the survival of a lake where visitors from Mughal emperors to George Harrison once enjoyed the idyllic stillness of its waters surrounded by Himalayan mountains.

Report Finds That Big California Farms Get Unfair Electricity Subsidy to Pump Water
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Garance Burke, Associated Press

Some of the nation's largest farming operations are paying rock-bottom rates for the electricity they use to pump federally subsidized water to their fields. About 7,000 giants of California farming get their water from the Central Valley Project, a vast irrigation system that pumps water from mountain rivers through canals spanning the state's fertile interior.

Drought Reduces Level of Lake Okeechobee, Threatens Water Supply in South Florida
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

Lake Okeechobee was expected to drop this week to its lowest level on record, threatening a key source of water for nearly 5 million people and the Everglades during South Florida's worst known drought.

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.

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