Parched Australia Plans Giant Desalination Plant
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australia is planning to build one of the world's largest desalination plants as part of a $4.9 billion ($4 billion) programme to provide drinking water to the nation's second-largest city Melbourne.

Push for Increase in Biofuels Causes Oil Industry To Scale Back Refinery Expansion
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A push from Congress and the White House for huge increases in biofuels, such as ethanol, is prompting the oil industry to scale back its plans for refinery expansions. That could keep gasoline prices high, possibly for years to come.

Canada Approves Plan To Bury Its Nuclear Waste
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada said Thursday it had approved the idea of burying nuclear waste from its power plants deep in the ground at a single location, a proposal that green activists immediately condemned as too risky.

Democrats Struggle To Resolve Impasse Over Renewable Energy Proposal
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Senate Democrats, eager for a vote on energy legislation, ran into staunch Republican resistance Thursday to requiring that utilities use more wind, solar and other renewable sources to produce electricity.

Rental Car Companies Hertz, Avis Announce Plans To Boost Hybrid Fleets
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Bree Fowler, Associated Press

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. said Thursday it will spend $68 million to add 3,400 Toyota Prius hybrids to its fleets by 2008. And Avis Budget Group Inc. said this week it plans to make 1,000 hybrid Prius vehicles available for rent as early as next week.

Senate Debates Requirement for Utilities To Use More Renewable Fuels
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Senate Democrats proposed a requirement Wednesday that 15 percent of the nation's electricity be produced by wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources. Democrats were trying to include the renewable fuel requirements on a broader energy bill before the Senate, but they faced strong opposition from senators who worried that such a national mandate would raise electricity costs in some states.

China Dresses Down Office Workers in Bid To Save Energy
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has urged office workers to wear T-shirts instead of suits so that air-conditioners can be turned down to save energy, state media said on Thursday. The news comes in a week some central government offices suffered a day without air-conditioning as they warmed to a campaign to cut energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.

Kofi Annan Named as Head of New Body To Boost Agriculture in Africa
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is to head a new organization intended to boost agricultural production in Africa and curb mounting hunger, soil erosion and lack of water.

Red and Pink Corals Get U.N. Trade Protection
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Trade in red and pink corals prized as jewellery for 5,000 years will be restricted to try to help the species recover after drastic over-exploitation, a U.N. wildlife conference agreed on Wednesday.

Mexico Sends Police, Soldiers To Detain Illegal Loggers South of Capital
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

More than 1,000 officers, soldiers and federal agents arrested three men Monday as they were sent to detain illegal loggers in a mountain region south of Mexico City where an environmentalist was killed last month.

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