Energy

Israel Shows Off Desalination, Sewage Plants on International Water Day
March 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Marshall Thompson, Associated Press

Israel displayed its best desalination plant to visiting diplomats Thursday, marking International Water Day by demonstrating how the desert nation keeps from shriveling in the sun.

Environmentalists, Loggers Offer Guarded Praise for Brazil Forestry Law
March 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

New rules that allow sustainable logging of national forests in the threatened Amazon drew guarded praise from both environmentalists and loggers. President Luiz Inacio da Silva this week issued rules to carry out the law, passed last year by Congress, that opens national forests to use by private companies and citizens.

American Wins Stockholm Water Prize for Methods to Improve Water Quality
March 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

American professor Perry L. McCarty Thursday won the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize for his methods to improve biological treatment processes of water, organizers said.

Tracking System Aids Fight Against Illegal Logging
March 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

A global computerised system that tracks wood from stump to store is aiding the battle against illegal logging and helping consumers choose sustainable products, says Scott Poynton of the Tropical Forest Trust.

Bush, Edwards, Activists Focus on Global Warming
March 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Environmentalists rallied on Capitol Hill, President Bush pushed fuel economy and White House hopeful John Edwards unveiled a new energy plan Tuesday, focusing on global warming a day before Al Gore was to testify to Congress on the hot political topic.

Gore Find Solar Plans Thwarted by Neighborhood Rules
March 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Zoning rules in Al Gore's upscale Tennessee neighborhood have prevented the former vice president and environmental activist from installing solar panels on his roof.

Turkey Launches Preparations To Host 5th World Water Forum
March 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Benjamin Harvey, Associated Press

Leaders preparing for the World Water Forum in 2009 pleaded on Tuesday for rich nations to make universal access to clean water a top priority, calling it one of the world's most pressing challenges.

Bush Visit to Ford, GM Plants May Smooth Tensions
March 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Caren Bohan, Reuters

In a visit that will carry symbolism for struggling companies that were once a mainstay of the U.S. economy, President Bush will tour Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. factories in the Kansas City area to get a glimpse of their latest hybrid cars and pitch his alternative-energy ideas.

WWF Says Pollution, Dams Threaten Rivers
March 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Eliane Engeler, Associated Press

The Yangtze River gets more than half of China's industrial waste and sewage. Europe's Danube has lost most of its surrounding wetlands. And the Rio Grande has become so shallow that salt water is seeping in, bringing ocean fish that threaten freshwater species.

Global Warming Boosts Arctic Shipping, Oil, Report Claims
March 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Global warming, blamed for melting polar bears' icy Arctic habitat, could be a boon to the shipping and oil industries in the far north, according to a new U.S. report.

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