Energy

Lawmakers Seek to Curb Trade in Illegal Timber
March 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

It could be your new hardwood floor or coffee table, with a rich mahogany hue. While the wood may look good, there is a strong chance it came from timber harvested illegally in places such as Honduras, Indonesia or Peru, labor and environmental groups say.

Seed Supply Tight; Ethanol Market Encourages Farmers to Plant Massive Amounts of Corn
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

A burgeoning ethanol market has the nation's farmers gearing up to plant massive amounts of corn this spring, creating shortages of some popular biotech hybrid seeds.

Study Finds Efficient Methods Could Bail Out Biofuels
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

A new, more efficient method for manufacturing biofuels could generate enough fuel to supply the entire U.S. transportation sector while sharply reducing the amount of raw material required to make it, researchers said Monday.

Most of Europe and North America Have Reversed Deforestation
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Most countries in Europe and North America have reversed centuries of deforestation and are showing an increase in forest area, while most developing countries, especially in tropical areas, continue to experience high rates of deforestation, a U.N. agency said Tuesday.

Waterbirds Threatened, Need Better Flyways, Study Says
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Many species of waterbird are in decline because of a loss of wetland habitats and governments need to do more to protect "flyway" migration routes, an international study said on Monday.

Anglers Prepare for End of Bottomfishing in Remote Waters of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

In a marine area nearly the size of California, stretching northwest from the main Hawaiian islands, a handful of anglers still ply the waters, hooking seabass and snappers during trips that last days or weeks.

Biofuels Boom Raises Tough Questions
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Matt Crenson, Associated Press

America is drunk on ethanol. Farmers in the Midwest are sending billions of bushels of corn to refineries that turn it into billions of gallons of fuel. Automakers in Detroit have already built millions of cars, trucks and SUVs that can run on it, and are committed to making millions more.

EU Drafts Plan to Battle Global Warming, Sets Binding Targets for Switch to Green Energy
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Paul Ames, Associated Press

European Union leaders drafted an agreement Friday promising to take the lead in fighting global warming by setting binding targets to cut greenhouse gases and ensure a fifth of the bloc's energy comes from green power sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels.

Lawmakers Tout Great Lakes Cleanup Plan
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

A massive cleanup plan to restore the Great Lakes for future generations needs to be a priority in Congress this year, lawmakers and environmental activists said Wednesday. Members of Congress representing Great Lakes states outlined a $20 billion plan to improve water quality.

House Approves Clean-Water Bill over White House Objections
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Jim Abrams, Associated Press

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly endorsed federal help for communities faced with deteriorating sewage systems, ignoring White House warnings that the cost was too high. The legislation, approved 367-58, would spend $1.7 billion over five years in federal grants to states and municipalities.

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