Energy

Cuban Leader Assails U.S. Biofuel Policies in Sign He May Be Recovering
March 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Anita Snow, Associated Press

Fidel Castro lashes out against U.S. biofuel plans in an op-ed piece published Thursday, a sign Cuba's 80-year-old leader may be taking a more active role in public affairs after months sidelined by a still undisclosed illness.

Australia Seeks Backing for Deforestation Fund
March 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Australia, which refuses to sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, will ask other nations to contribute to a new fund to combat deforestation and global warming, Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday.

Malaysia To Make Rainwater Collection Mandatory for Big Roofs
March 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia plans to require many buildings throughout the country with large roofs to install gutters and tanks so that they can harvest rainwater, news reports said Wednesday.

Understanding and Evaluating Carbon Offset Programs
March 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Ellen Simon, Associated Press

Carbon offsets are a way for anyone who drives a car, turns on a light or takes a plane to "offset" their carbon dioxide emissions by investing in a green project aimed at reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere.

Bush Praises Automakers for Developing Flex-Fuel Vehicles
March 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

President George W. Bush, seeking support for his energy plan, praised domestic automakers on Monday for building more "flexible fuel" vehicles capable of running on ethanol and biodiesel blends.

Top EU Energy Official Talks Global Warming in Washington
March 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The European Union's top energy official was in Washington to push European hopes for greater cooperation on global warming and joint EU-U.S. efforts for increasing energy efficiency and security of supplies.

Energy Companies Rethink Palm Oil as Biofuel
March 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press

Once, palm oil was seen as an ideal biofuel, a cheap alternative to petroleum that would fight global warming. But second thoughts are wracking the power industry. Can the fruit of the palm tree help save the planet -- or contribute to its destruction?

Israel Shows Off Desalination, Sewage Plants on International Water Day
March 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Marshall Thompson, Associated Press

Israel displayed its best desalination plant to visiting diplomats Thursday, marking International Water Day by demonstrating how the desert nation keeps from shriveling in the sun.

Environmentalists, Loggers Offer Guarded Praise for Brazil Forestry Law
March 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

New rules that allow sustainable logging of national forests in the threatened Amazon drew guarded praise from both environmentalists and loggers. President Luiz Inacio da Silva this week issued rules to carry out the law, passed last year by Congress, that opens national forests to use by private companies and citizens.

American Wins Stockholm Water Prize for Methods to Improve Water Quality
March 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

American professor Perry L. McCarty Thursday won the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize for his methods to improve biological treatment processes of water, organizers said.

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