Nine States Sue over Mercury Emissions, Questioning Rule on Cement Plants
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press
Michigan and eight other states sued the Bush administration Tuesday, saying the White House failed to adequately regulate emissions of mercury and other pollutants at cement plants.
Montana Farmers Blaming Irrigation Problems on Water Discharged from Methane Drilling
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Matthew Brown, Associated Press
When the soil in Roger Muggli's fields turned bad last year, damaging more than 300 acres of alfalfa, the third-generation farmer quickly named a culprit: coal-bed methane drilling along the nearby Tongue River.
EU Energy Ministers Postpone Decision on Plan to Turn Europe into Low-Carbon Economy
February 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Aoife White, Associated Press
StorEU energy ministers on Thursday postponed major decisions on an ambitious plan to turn Europe into a low-carbon economy, failing to agree on a plan to open up energy markets and set binding targets for renewable energy.
Big Oil Warns Biofuels Will Not Meet U.S. Energy Needs
February 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Erwin Seba, Reuters
Top executives in the U.S. oil and electricity industries warned U.S. lawmakers this week against relying solely on biofuels for energy security, calling instead for more domestic drilling, streamlined regulation, and access to foreign reserves.
Canada Mulls Tax Credits for Hybrid Cars
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
The Canadian government is considering introducing a tax credit or tax rebate for the purchase of environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles, a government source said Wednesday.
Greenpeace Wins Court Ruling Quashing British Government Nuclear Power Decision
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - D'Arcy Doran, Associated Press
Greenpeace on Thursday won a High Court ruling that could force the British government to rethink its decision to build new nuclear power stations. High Court judge Jeremy Sullivan ruled that the consultation process was flawed and unfair leading up to the government announcement last year that it planned to make nuclear power a key energy source in the coming decades.
Alaska Bears, Walruses Harmed by Oil Work, Lawsuit Claims
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters
A lawsuit filed by a pair of environmental groups claims the federal government has failed to properly protect polar bears and walruses from oil development as it expands on Alaska's North Slope.
Swiss Officials Want to Spread Sunshine
February 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Local officials said Monday they are considering the construction of a giant mirror to light up this mountain village with 198 residents who are deprived of sunlight for three months each year.
Environmentalists Rally in Texas to Stop Construction of New Coal-Fired Power Plants
February 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
Carrying signs with slogans of "Stop the Coal Rush" and "Shame on Texas," about 1,000 people rallied at the state Capitol to persuade lawmakers to abandon a plan to build up to 18 new coal-fired power plants.
Global Warming Threatens Double-Trouble for Peru: Shrinking Glaciers and a Water Shortage
February 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Leslie Josephs, Associated Press
The ice atop Cordillera Blanca, the largest glacier chain in the tropics, is melting fast because of rising temperatures, and peaks are turning brown. The trend is highlighting fears of global warming and, scientists say, is endangering future water supplies to the arid coast where most Peruvians live.