Japan Showcases Eco-Friendly Cars Ahead of G-8 Summit
June 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took Japan's latest eco-friendly cars out for a spin Friday to show off his environmental awareness ahead of next week's G-8 summit meeting. Abe and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akira Amari took turns trying out six car models that emit zero or low-level carbon dioxide by using electric batteries, clean diesel, fuel cells, hydrogen gas or biofuels for power.

As Insurgency Ebbs, Kashmir Looks To Save Dal Lake
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Alistair Scrutton, Reuters

Raw sewage, land encroachment and years of neglect have been threatening the survival of a lake where visitors from Mughal emperors to George Harrison once enjoyed the idyllic stillness of its waters surrounded by Himalayan mountains.

Report Finds That Big California Farms Get Unfair Electricity Subsidy to Pump Water
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Garance Burke, Associated Press

Some of the nation's largest farming operations are paying rock-bottom rates for the electricity they use to pump federally subsidized water to their fields. About 7,000 giants of California farming get their water from the Central Valley Project, a vast irrigation system that pumps water from mountain rivers through canals spanning the state's fertile interior.

Drought Reduces Level of Lake Okeechobee, Threatens Water Supply in South Florida
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

Lake Okeechobee was expected to drop this week to its lowest level on record, threatening a key source of water for nearly 5 million people and the Everglades during South Florida's worst known drought.

Palm Oil Puts Squeeze on Endangered Orangutan
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Gillian Murdoch, Reuters

Branded pests for venturing out from their diminishing forest habitats into plantations where they eat young palm shoots, orangutans could be extinct in the wild in ten years time, the United Nations said in March.

Climate To Push Up Australian Power Costs, Study Shows
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Electricity prices could rise by up to 75 percent from 2020 if Australia's government refuses to take strong climate change action and set up a carbon trading system, Australia's Climate Institute said on Monday.

Trouble Brews in Germany as Biofuel Boom Jacks Up Price of Beer
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

In the last two years, the price of barley has doubled to euro200 (US$271) from euro102 per ton as farmers plant more crops such as rapeseed and corn that can be turned into ethanol or bio-diesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil.

Global Experts Urge Joint Efforts To Find New Energy Sources for Vehicles
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press

International car manufacturers and energy experts on Thursday urged increased global efforts to find new sources of renewable energy for vehicles -- including advanced biofuels -- in a move to reduce the speed of global warming.

The Coral Sea Vista Opened Up By British Judges
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Luke Baker, Reuters

In a decision handed down by the law lord in charge of appeals, the Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke, flanked on his dais by two equally grave judges, it was decreed the British government had abused its power when it evicted the Chagossians four decades ago. The Chagossians could go home.

Cool Hand Nuke: Paul Newman Endorses New York Nuclear Power Plant
May 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

Call him Cool Hand Nuke. Paul Newman weighed in Wednesday on the Indian Point nuclear power facility in the New York suburbs, pronouncing it safer than military bases he had visited.

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