Energy

Study Suggests Ethanol May Cause More Smog, Deaths
April 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Switching from gasoline to ethanol -- touted as a green alternative at the pump -- may create dirtier air, causing slightly more smog-related deaths, a new study says.

China Creates Artificial Snowfall in Tibet
April 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China has succeeded in creating an artificial snowfall for the first time in Tibet to combat drought worries, state media reported Wednesday. The success proves it is "possible to change the weather through human efforts on the world's highest plateau."

Australian Aquanaut Emerges from Urine-Fuelled Sub
April 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Breathing air provided by algae watered with recycled urine, and pedalling a bike for electricity, an Australian aquanaut emerged on Wednesday after 13 days living underwater in a "biosub".

Al Gore Gets Approval To Install Solar Panels at His Tennessee Home
April 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore's upscale neighborhood granted the environmental activist approval Tuesday to install 33 solar panels on the roof of his mansion.

Vegas Plan To Pump Water from Rural Nevada Approved on Smaller Scale
April 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Brendan Riley, Associated Press

A request to pump billions of gallons of groundwater to booming Las Vegas from a valley near the Nevada-Utah line was cut to less than half the amount in a plan approved Monday by the state's engineer.

Greenpeace Says China Guilty in Illegal Logging
April 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday China should take responsibility for illegal hardwood logging in Southeast Asia which supplied the raw materials for Chinese exports to the West.

Global Warming May Put U.S. in Hot Water
April 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

As the world warms, water -- either too little or too much of it -- is going to be the major problem for the United States, scientists and military experts said Monday.

Britain Tells U.S. Industry To Invest in Clean-Tech
April 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Evelyn Leopold, Reuters

On the eve of the first U.N. Security Council debate on global warming, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett warned U.S. businesses to invest in carbon-free technology or lose out to Europeans.

Biotech Seeks to Ease Reliance on Corn
April 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

The quest for alternative energy is more complicated than just finding a replacement for petroleum. Scientists and a growing number of biotechnology companies are attempting to remove corn from the ethanol equation because it has created huge demand for the global food staple.

Malaysia Says Activists Trying To Harm Palm Oil Industry by Highlighting Orangutan Woes
April 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia accused Western activists Monday of trying to undermine the palm oil industry by claiming that orangutans are threatened by the clearing of forests in Malaysia and Indonesia.

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