Myanmar Learns To Live with the Lights Out
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Aung Hla Tun, Reuters
Chronic power shortages in Myanmar are leaving cities in the former Burma shrouded in almost permanent blackout, driving its citizens to despair and crippling an economy reeling from decades of military misrule.
Deforestation Effects Depend on Location
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Reuters
The effect of deforestation on climate depends on three things -- location, location and location. Environmentalists concerned about global warming have long encouraged preservation of forests because they absorb carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.
Massachusetts Governor Says Federal Fishing Rules Create Economic Disaster
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Massachusetts' governor on Monday requested federal relief for Massachusetts commercial fishermen, saying new fishing limits have caused "a true economic disaster" and cost the industry $22 million (euro16.45 million) in the state famed in the United States for its seafood.
Should Old Weapons Depot Be Refuge for Rare White Deer or Site of Ethanol Plant?
April 9, 2007 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press
In a ghostlike performance, the small cluster of white deer slip in and out of sight, peacefully weaving among the hummock-shaped bunkers that once held America's war weapons. The striking image is one Dennis Money wants others to see.
From Brazil to Boardwalk: Rain Forest Wood Splinters Ocean City, N.J., Community
April 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Wayne Parry, Associated Press
It looks good, lasts for decades and can support the weight of a police car or fire engine, not to mention thousands of people. With those qualities, wood from tropical rain forests has become a favorite for building and repairing boardwalks.
Iran Launches Minor Units at Bushehr Nuclear Plant
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Iran inaugurated two minor plants at its Bushehr nuclear reactor on Tuesday, showing it is determined to get the power plant running despite a delay caused by a dispute with Russia.
U.S. Supreme Court Gives Boost to Environmental Groups on Power Plant Cleanup
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Pete Yost, Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court supported a federal clean air initiative aimed at forcing power companies in the U.S. to install pollution control equipment on aging coal-fired power plants.
Plan for Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Passes Hurdle
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Jason Szep, Reuters
A controversial plan to build the first large U.S. offshore wind-power farm won approval from Massachusetts authorities Friday but still must clear federal regulatory hurdles.
New Federal Chemical Rules Will Not Override Tougher State Rules
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Beverly Lumpkin, Associated Press
New federal rules giving the Bush administration authority for the first time to regulate and even shut down chemical plants will not overrule stricter state rules already in place, according to a letter sent Sunday to lawmakers by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Surfers Make Waves in British Battle of the Breaks
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Pete Harrison, Reuters
A political storm is looming over one of Britain's first wave power projects, the Wave Hub, which surfers fear will drain energy from the waves they ride along the Atlantic coast.