As Biofuels Boom, Will More Go Hungry?
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Ruth Gidley, Reuters
Using plants to feed our fuel needs may be a great idea, and the biofuel goldrush could be a moneyspinner for several poor countries, but some experts warn people may go hungry as food prices rise.
Auto Companies Look for Faster Way to Turn Green Thinking into More Sales, Better Clout
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Matt Moore, Associated Press
The global auto industry is experiencing a green revolution, convinced that lower emissions and hybrid engines could turn eco-minded drivers into a long-term customers.
Ethanol May Not Ease Global Warming, UN Says
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Andrea Welsh, Reuters
It's too soon to say whether ethanol will help slow global warming, the head of the United Nations Environment Program said Monday, ahead of a meeting by the world's two biggest ethanol producers to discuss building a world market in the biofuel.
Brazil Biofuel Program Has Environmental Risks, Opportunities
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press
A proposed ethanol alliance that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is expected to forge with President Bush later this week poses both opportunities and risks for the environment, a top U.N. environmental official said Monday.
Cambodian Leader Warns That Development Poses Threat to Great Lake
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Cambodia's prime minister warned Monday that increasing population and over-exploitation of fisheries and wildlife pose a dire threat to his country's Tonle Sap, or "Great Lake," the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.
U.S. Aid Sanctions Turn Taps Off Critical Palestinian Water, Wastewater Projects
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Amy Teibel, Associated Press
One slip, and Issa Abu Shakr's 5-year-old nephew plunged into the fetid stream of sewage that flows outside the family's West Bank home. The contact with the filthy water required multiple blood transfusions and a 10-day hospital stay, Abu Shakr says.
EU Still Stuck on Green Fuels Target
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Mark John and Ingrid Melander, Reuters
European Union foreign ministers sought on Monday to narrow differences on how to combat climate change but resistance remained to a German bid to fix mandatory targets for the use of "green fuels."
European Lighting Industry Agrees to Push Energy-Saving Bulbs
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press
The world's three largest light bulb makers said Thursday they will push European consumers to switch to energy-saving bulbs in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions that are believed to contribute to global warming.
TXU Buyers Moved to Soften Potential Opposition to Huge Takeover
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - David Koenig, Associated Press
The investors buying TXU Corp. say they can finance the biggest private-takeover ever, cut electricity rates, cancel new power plants -- and still make money. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Texas Pacific Group believe they can do this, most obviously, because TXU is the largest electricity producer in a big state that is expected to keep growing at a fast clip.
Whalers, North Alaskans Try to Block Oil Lease Sale
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters
Groups in Alaska have sued the U.S. Interior Department to block an offshore oil and gas lease sale that residents say threatens Arctic marine wildlife and the traditional Inupiat Eskimo way of life.