Energy

Worldwide Shift to Compact Fluorescents Could Close 270 Coal-Fired Power Plants: A Guest Commentary
May 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute

Switching light bulbs is an easy way of realizing large immediate gains in energy efficiency. A study for the U.S. government calculated that the gasoline equivalent of the energy saved over the lifetime of one 24 watt compact fluorescent bulb is sufficient to drive a Prius from New York to San Francisco.

Green Group Urges Hong Kong Ban on Energy-Wasting Light Bulbs
May 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hong Kong homes are lit up by an estimated 4.2 million energy-wasting light bulbs, a conservation group said Thursday, urging the government to compel residents to use more environmentally friendly fluorescent bulbs.

Environmentalists Say Low-Carbon Power Should Replace Coal Plants
May 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Aoife White, Associated Press

Just 30 coal-fired power plants contribute a tenth of the European Union's yearly carbon dioxide emissions and should be replaced with cleaner alternatives to combat climate change, an environmental group said Thursday.

Solar Boat Completes Fuel-Free Voyage
May 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Swiss-built solar vessel completed the first sun-powered crossing of the Atlantic Tuesday when it arrived at its final destination in New York, the group behind the project said.

Environmental Groups Ask U.N. To Take Stand Against Appalachian Coal Mining
May 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Carley Petesch, Associated Press

A coalition of environmental groups called on the United Nations Tuesday to take a stand against ecologically destructive coal mining practices in the Appalachians region of the U.S., saying that the federal and local governments were not paying attention.

U.N. Raises Possible Biofuel Problems
May 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

Biofuels like ethanol can help reduce global warming and create jobs for the rural poor, but the benefits may be offset by serious environmental problems and increased food prices for the hungry, the United Nations concluded Tuesday in its first major report on bioenergy.

Obama Says U.S. Auto Industry Must Look to Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
May 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Corey Williams, Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday faulted U.S. automakers for failing to do what foreign manufacturers have accomplished in producing fuel-efficient vehicles.

Massachusetts Challenges Federal Energy Rules
May 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Massachusetts sued the federal government Monday, accusing energy regulators of failing to tighten standards that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the need for major new power plants.

Republicans Criticize Pelosi over Project in Water Development Bill
May 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Republicans are accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of including a provision in a water redevelopment bill that could benefit property her husband owns in San Francisco.

Report Says Malaysia Seeks To Rehabilitate Borneo Rain Forests Marred by Logging
May 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysian authorities need 200 million ringgit (US$58 million; euro42 million) to replant trees and restore heavily logged forests that are home to thousands of orangutans on Borneo island, a news report said Sunday.

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