Energy

EU considers carbon tariff
January 5, 2008 02:01 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Commission is debating whether to push for a carbon tariff on imports from countries that do not tackle their greenhouse gas emissions, as part of climate change proposals due out this month.

UK govt scientist sees few benefits from biofuels
January 5, 2008 01:39 AM - Reuters

OXFORD (Reuters) - Rising production of biofuels has distorted government budgets, helped to drive up food prices and led to deforestation in south-east Asia, the chief scientist of Britain's farm ministry said on Friday.

Chicken Fat Converted Into Biodiesel Using Methanol
January 4, 2008 08:59 AM - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

“Major oil companies are already examining biodiesel as an alternative to petroleum,” said R.E. “Buddy” Babcock, professor of chemical engineering. “With the current price of petroleum diesel and the results of this project and others, I think energy producers will think even more seriously about combining petroleum-based diesel with a biodiesel product made out of crude and inexpensive feedstocks.”

Welcome to the Solar Century
January 4, 2008 08:42 AM - , Environmental Graffiti

New technology means solar power could one day provide all the world’s energy needs – but governments must do their bit. Until a few years ago the suggestion that solar power might provide the answer to the intertwined problems of long term energy security and climate change would have been dismissed as a pipedream. The high cost of solar cells, their inefficiency in converting the sun’s rays into electricity and the lack of state investment or assistance for renewable energy start-ups meant there was little hope.

Groups seek to stop relicensing of nuclear plants
January 4, 2008 07:35 AM - Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A coalition of East Coast environmental and anti-nuclear groups filed a petition with U.S. regulators on Thursday to suspend all pending relicensing efforts by nuclear reactors in the United States. A coalition called Stop the Relicensing of Oyster Creek joined with Riverkeeper to petition the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend the license renewal process "until objective and independent analysis" is used, the groups said in a release.

British nuclear power consultation flawed: report
January 3, 2008 07:33 PM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government's public consultation last year on the need for new nuclear power plants to tackle climate change and bridge the looming energy gap was flawed and misleading, a group of academics said on Friday. The government, which has said repeatedly new nuclear power stations are needed, was forced by a legal ruling last February to undertake the consultation which ended in October.

Sugarcane ethanol: Brazil's biofuel success
January 3, 2008 10:48 AM - , SciDevNet

Thirty years ago, when one litre of ethanol was worth three times more than one litre of gasoline, most nations would not have considered investing in it as a biofuel. But Brazil took this path, and now produces the cheapest ethanol in the world. Brazil's favorable conditions and tradition for culturing sugarcane — the most efficient raw material for the production of ethanol — were essential for developing the sector.

First UK coal plant in 30 years clears hurdle
January 3, 2008 09:52 AM - Reuters

A local government authority has recommended central government approve its proposal, E.ON said.

Tokyo seen eyeing China's carbon credits
January 3, 2008 08:05 AM - Reuters

Japan is planning to buy up carbon credits yielded by its investments in emissions-cutting projects in China, a newspaper said on Thursday. The two governments agreed the deal on Wednesday and will formally sign it when President Hu Jintao visits Japan, probably in late March, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

MMS to hold oil lease sale in Alaska's Chukchi Sea
January 2, 2008 05:35 PM - Reuters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The U.S. Minerals Management Service said Wednesday it will offer oil and gas exploration rights next month to 29.7 million acres in the remote Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska. The decision to hold the February 6 lease sale, the first in the Chukchi since 1991, comes days before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to list the polar bear as threatened and has drawn fire from environmentalists seeking to limit oil development in the area.

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