Energy

Agency Aims to Improve Habitat for Sheep
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

In a state known as the least-forested in the nation, the U.S. Forest Service wants to fell hundreds of juniper trees in North Dakota's Badlands to improve the habitat for transplanted bighorn sheep.

China Says Environment Losing Out to Development
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China must integrate environmental conservation into its development plans, officials said on Tuesday, as the environment ministry said pollution across the country was getting worse.

Three Gorges Dam Causes Downstream Erosion, Study Finds
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, is retaining huge amounts of sediment and nutrients and causing significant erosion in the downstream reaches of the Yangtze River, researchers have found.

Known for Its Freedom, Unique Nuclear Lab Faces Closure
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

It seems far-fetched that a heavily guarded government complex where scientists spent decades producing materials for nuclear weapons has also become a playground for environmentalists.

Australian Foreign Minister Says Regional Carbon Trading Scheme Unlikely Soon
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Chinese and U.S. opposition to international carbon trading make a regional scheme to place a price on pollution unlikely in the near future, Australia's foreign minister said Monday.

Can Americans Get Charged on Electric Cars?
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Mary Milliken, Reuters

While others hammer away at battery technology to make all-electric cars go further and cost less, ZAP (as in zero air pollution) believes it has the formula in its tiny Xebra cars made in China: Plug it in at home and go up to 40 miles per hour for up to 25 miles).

Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Rules for Hybrids in Car Pool Lanes
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

The government proposed new criteria Thursday for certifying vehicles as clean and energy efficient -- standards for states that let hybrid drivers travel without passengers in the special lanes to avoid rush-hour traffic.

Toyota Banking on Hybrids Despite Expected Arrival of Ecological Rivals
May 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

Toyota's commitment to hybrid automobiles was on full display Thursday when it unveiled its most expensive gasoline-electric vehicle yet -- the 15 million yen ($124,000) luxury sedan Lexus LS.

Indonesia Counts Its Islands Before It Is Too Late
May 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Davies, Reuters

Indonesia has so many islands it has not been able to count them all and is having a hard time finding names for them. Officially there are about 17,000 islands, but that number may drop as one minister fears hundreds of islands might vanish because of rising sea levels from global warming.

Australian Water Crisis Could Be Worse Than Thought
May 16, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Water shortages facing Australia's drought-hit prime agricultural area might be worse than expected, the government was told on Wednesday, as river towns braced for unprecedented restrictions on water use.

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