Energy

Rainmakers Give Light Relief in Warm, Dry World
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat, Reuters

Welcome to the work of the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking, a small front line in Thailand's fight against drought -- a struggle likely to become increasingly desperate if scientists and governments meeting in Bangkok this week fail to agree a masterplan to tackle global warming.

FACTBOX: Methane, from Cow Burps to Rice Paddies
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Methane is among the most potent greenhouse gases and scientists say controlling emissions from cows and sheep, rice fields and the oil and gas industry is a major step in limiting climate change.

The Heat Is on for Greenhouse Gas Methane
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Government policies and a U.N.-backed system of emission credits is proving a money-spinner for investors, farmers and big polluters such as power stations wanting to offset their own emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2).

Indian Project Shows Solar Power Affordable, U.N. Says
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A solar power project in India supplying electricity to 100,000 people will be widened to other developing nations after showing that clean energy can be cheaper than fossil fuels, a U.N. report said on Sunday.

U.S. To Unveil Five-Year Offshore Drilling Plan Monday
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Interior Department will unveil on Monday its official plan for oil and natural gas drilling in federal waters through 2012, the department said Friday. The department must issue a drilling plan that outlines where it expects drilling in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf every five years.

Environment Groups Slam European Commission for Failed Green Policies
April 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Leading European environmental groups criticized the EU's head office on Friday, saying it had failed in its green policies and was not doing enough to promote ecological issues.

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.

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