Energy

China to Force Rain Ahead of Olympics
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chance of showers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: 50 percent. But Chinese meteorologists have a plan to bring sunshine. The meteorologists say they can force rain in the days before the Olympics, through a process known as cloud-seeding, to clean the air and ensure clear skies.

EPA Accused of Flouting Supreme Court in Proposing New Pollution Standard
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The government proposed a pollution standard for power plants Wednesday that critics said flouts the spirit of a Supreme Court ruling on clean air enforcement. The proposal would make it easier for utilities to expand plant operations or make other changes to produce more electricity without installing new pollution controls.

Brazil To Split Up Its Environmental Agency
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazil will break up its environmental protection agency, the government said Wednesday, in a move that should speed up the licensing of projects such as gas pipelines and dams in sensitive areas like the Amazon rain forest.

Dutch Consider Tough Biofuels Criteria
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press

It's the new climate change dilemma: finding alternatives for oil and gas without doing more harm than good. In the rush to develop biofuels, forests are burned in Asia to clear land for palm oil, and swaths of the Amazon are stripped of diverse vegetation for soya and sugar plantations for ethanol.

EU Greens Say Monthly Commute by EU Lawmakers Responsible for 20,000 Tons of CO2
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

The monthly commute by European Union lawmakers from Brussels to its other seat in Strasbourg produces over 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, nearly as much as the entire CO2 output of some small island nations, according to a study published Wednesday.

California Farmers Experiment with Growing Oilseed Plants for Biodiesel
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Jacob Adelman, Associated Press

California farmers are hoping to strike oil -- vegetable oil, that is -- with a series of experimental trials involving crops that can be processed into biodiesel.

U.S. Canal Project Raises Tensions with Mexico
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Tim Gaynor, Reuters

For decades, Mexican farmers and U.S. consumers have shared water from one of the world's largest irrigation canals running along part of the parched California-Mexico border.

WWF Says China Needs Help Managing Resources Properly
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Blanchard, Reuters

China must work more closely with the rest of the world to ensure its global hunt for resources to feed its ravenous economy does not wreck communities and ecosystems, conservation group WWF said on Wednesday.

California Assembly Committee Calls for Phase-Out of Incandescent Lights
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Steve Lawrence, Associated Press

A California state Assembly committee voted Monday to phase out the incandescent light bulb, agreeing that one of Thomas Edison's most famous creations is outdated and inefficient.

Clinton Says Damage to Environment Must Be Repaired
April 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Amy Lorentzen, Associated Press

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that it's critical to repair damage to the environment and urged young people to make it a top issue during the presidential campaign. Clinton touted her plans to create a strategic energy fund, invest oil companies' "windfall profits" in renewable energy efforts.

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