Australian PM Plans to Restore Parched Rivers
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters
Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced plans on Thursday to spend more than A$10 billion ($7 billion) to restore the nation's ailing rivers, making dwindling water supplies his priority in an election year.
Live-Fish Market Grows, Stripping Reefs
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
The appetite for live reef fish -- a status symbol for many newly rich Chinese -- has caused the populations of these predators to plummet around Asia as fishermen increasingly resort to cyanide and dynamite to bring in the valuable catch. Entire reef ecosystems, already endangered by pollution and global warming, are at risk.
House Approves Fees, Taxes on Oil Companies; Plans to Use Money for Renewable Fuels
January 19, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
The House rolled back billions of dollars in oil industry subsidies Thursday in what supporters hailed as a new direction in energy policy toward more renewable fuels. Critics said the action would reduce domestic oil production and increase reliance on imports.
One Word: Solar -- A Guest Commentary
January 18, 2007 12:00 AM - James Quigley, Center for Sustainable Energy
In a world where the gravest threats to the future are no longer characterized as merely an ethos, but as a planetary physical transformation, global climate change now trumps the comparatively mild worries faced by the baby boomers of the sixties.
Prices Soar for California Citrus after Temperatures Plummet; Governor Asks for Federal Aid
January 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Olivia Munoz, Associated Press
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the federal government Tuesday for disaster aid because of an ongoing cold snap that has destroyed nearly $1 billion worth of California citrus, and industry officials said shoppers will feel the sting through higher prices for oranges, lemons and other produce.
Bush Readies Speech on Ethanol, Climate Change
January 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters
President Bush's annual speech to Congress next week is likely to call for a massive increase in U.S. ethanol usage and tweak climate change policy while stopping short of mandatory emissions caps, sources familiar with White House plans said Tuesday.
Cambodia Says Asian, European Companies Are Flocking to the Country in Search of Oil
January 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Ker Munthit, Associated Press
Scores of Asian and European companies have expressed an interest in tapping Cambodia's oil wealth, though it will be years before the country realizes the benefits from its offshore reserves, a government official said Tuesday.
Hindus Defy Pollution to Bathe in Ganges Festival
January 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Alistair Scrutton, Reuters
Hindu holy men brandishing spears and tridents charged into the sacred Ganges on Monday, after threats to boycott the world's largest religious festival over pollution failed to dent devotees' fervour.
Chevrolet Volt Plugs Into Concept of Running Car with Electricity Only
January 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Adam Wilmoth, Daily Oklahoman
Plug-in electric technology is seen by proponents as a key step in weaning the country off its dependence on foreign oil by instead pursuing cheaper, cleaner, domestically produced electricity.
Montana Woman to Head Forest Service
January 14, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
Montana forester Gail Kimbell was named Friday to head the U.S. Forest Service and quickly came under fire from a Senate Democrat who represents her state. Kimbell, the first woman to hold the job, succeeds retiring chief Dale Bosworth.