Biotech Seeks to Ease Reliance on Corn
April 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

The quest for alternative energy is more complicated than just finding a replacement for petroleum. Scientists and a growing number of biotechnology companies are attempting to remove corn from the ethanol equation because it has created huge demand for the global food staple.

Malaysia Says Activists Trying To Harm Palm Oil Industry by Highlighting Orangutan Woes
April 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia accused Western activists Monday of trying to undermine the palm oil industry by claiming that orangutans are threatened by the clearing of forests in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Nissan, NEC To Produce Batteries for Ecologically Friendly Vehicles
April 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

Nissan and electronics maker NEC will produce batteries for ecologically friendly vehicles, the companies said Friday, signaling efforts by the Japanese automaker to catch up with rivals that have a head start in green technology.

Warming Could Spark North American Water Scramble, UN Warns
April 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Climate change could diminish North American water supplies and trigger disputes between the United States and Canada over water reserves already stressed by industry and agriculture, U.N. experts said Wednesday.

U.S. Offers Renewable Fuel Standards for Vehicles
April 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The United States announced new standards for renewable fuels for cars and trucks Tuesday, but stopped short of committing to regulate greenhouse gases that spur global warming.

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.

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