Biofuels May Be Threat To Food Supply, Increase Costs
September 11, 2007 12:46 PM - Sybille de La Hamaide, Reuters
PARIS (Reuters) - Biofuels, championed for reducing energy reliance, boosting farm revenues and helping fight climate change, may in fact hurt the environment and push up food prices, one study suggested on Tuesday. In a report on the impact of biofuels, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said biofuels may "offer a cure that is worse than the disease they seek to heal". "The current push to expand the use of biofuels is creating unsustainable tensions that will disrupt markets without generating significant environmental benefits," the OECD said.
Nuclear Industry Inches Toward New Construction In US
September 11, 2007 10:22 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters
SPRING CITY, Tennessee (Reuters) - When the Watts Bar Unit One here switched on in 1996 after a 23-year construction ordeal, it was the last of a generation of U.S. commercial nuclear power plants to emerge from a building cycle marred by massive cost over-runs and canceled plant orders. Now, the U.S. nuclear industry is hoping that its troubled building history will not repeat itself as it takes baby steps toward ending a 30-year nuclear construction hiatus.
US Airlines Don't Want To Play By EU Emissions Rules
September 11, 2007 10:03 AM - Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Parliament committee sought on Tuesday to delay the inclusion of all airlines in the European Union's emissions trading scheme to 2012. The executive European Commission proposed last year that inter-EU flights be included in the EU scheme, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, from 2011, while international flights into and out of the bloc should be included from 2012.
Hotels Hungry For Greener Energy-Saving Products
September 10, 2007 12:14 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Guestroom 2010 returns to the 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City, showcasing the cutting-edge innovations and eco-friendly new products that will soon be found in hotel guest rooms. A model hotel room, developed by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, will feature nearly 50 of the latest and near-future technologies at the industry's premier marketplace, taking place November 10-13, 2007, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Libya Creates World's Largest Sustainable Development
September 10, 2007 11:06 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Libya - Libya today announced the creation of an unprecedented sustainable development on its beautiful northern Mediterranean coast. The massive project includes a world class sustainable resort and spa, extensive wind and solar on the coast and desert area, growth of biofuel crops, closed loop water systems, sustainable transportation, housing, and the creation of a huge national ecological parkland that includes protection of the Mediterranean ocean and incorporates Tripoli and other cities. The 5,500 square kilometer development, called Green Mountain, covers an area that is home to diverse animal and plant species and historic and archaeologically rich sites.
Northeast U.S., Europe cooling use of energy to rise
September 10, 2007 08:46 AM - Reuters
Energy demand for cooling is likely to be above average in northeastern parts of the United States this week, while cooling demand in northwest Europe will also rise, forecasters Meteorlogix said on Monday.
Nevada Angers E-Groups, OK's New Coal Power Plants
September 8, 2007 07:21 AM - Reuters
The Nevada Environmental Commission on Friday denied a request by environmental groups to delay approval of permits for three big coal-fired power plants, environmental groups and state officials said.
Toilets Behind The Times?
September 7, 2007 08:01 AM - Reuters, Ritsuko Ando
Interior designer Timothy Corrigan had never heard of a "washlet" -- until a client asked him to install one of the high-tech Japanese toilets. When he saw the bidet-style bathroom appliance, equipped with a warm-water spray and other functions to cleanse and coddle posteriors, he was impressed.
Fuel Efficiency Focus At Frankfurt
September 7, 2007 07:52 AM - Reuters, Gilles Castonguay
(Video) Car makers will show off their latest efforts to fight pollution at Frankfurt's autoshow next week by unveiling models with improvements rather than substitutes to the standard internal combustion engine. Under pressure to reduce harmful emissions produced by their vehicles amid fears of global warming, they are keen to show the greenest of intentions with the latest line of engines that consume fuel more efficiently.
S.Korea to impose 3 pct biodiesel rule by 2012
September 7, 2007 06:49 AM - Reuters
South Korea aims to raise biodiesel content in domestic diesel to 3 percent from the current 0.5 percent by 2012, Seoul's energy ministry said on Friday. The news ran counter to expectations that the government may increase the ratio to 5 percent as early as next year, market watchers said.