Energy

Iran Launches Minor Units at Bushehr Nuclear Plant
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Iran inaugurated two minor plants at its Bushehr nuclear reactor on Tuesday, showing it is determined to get the power plant running despite a delay caused by a dispute with Russia.

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Boost to Environmental Groups on Power Plant Cleanup
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Pete Yost, Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court supported a federal clean air initiative aimed at forcing power companies in the U.S. to install pollution control equipment on aging coal-fired power plants.

Plan for Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Passes Hurdle
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Jason Szep, Reuters

A controversial plan to build the first large U.S. offshore wind-power farm won approval from Massachusetts authorities Friday but still must clear federal regulatory hurdles.

New Federal Chemical Rules Will Not Override Tougher State Rules
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Beverly Lumpkin, Associated Press

New federal rules giving the Bush administration authority for the first time to regulate and even shut down chemical plants will not overrule stricter state rules already in place, according to a letter sent Sunday to lawmakers by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Surfers Make Waves in British Battle of the Breaks
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Pete Harrison, Reuters

A political storm is looming over one of Britain's first wave power projects, the Wave Hub, which surfers fear will drain energy from the waves they ride along the Atlantic coast.

Brazil to Offer Free Internet to Amazon Tribes
March 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Andrea Welsh, Reuters

Brazil will offer free satellite Internet connections to indigenous tribes in the Amazon as part of its latest effort to crack down on illegal logging in the world's largest tropical rain forest.

Cuban Leader Assails U.S. Biofuel Policies in Sign He May Be Recovering
March 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Anita Snow, Associated Press

Fidel Castro lashes out against U.S. biofuel plans in an op-ed piece published Thursday, a sign Cuba's 80-year-old leader may be taking a more active role in public affairs after months sidelined by a still undisclosed illness.

Australia Seeks Backing for Deforestation Fund
March 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Australia, which refuses to sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, will ask other nations to contribute to a new fund to combat deforestation and global warming, Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday.

Malaysia To Make Rainwater Collection Mandatory for Big Roofs
March 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia plans to require many buildings throughout the country with large roofs to install gutters and tanks so that they can harvest rainwater, news reports said Wednesday.

Understanding and Evaluating Carbon Offset Programs
March 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Ellen Simon, Associated Press

Carbon offsets are a way for anyone who drives a car, turns on a light or takes a plane to "offset" their carbon dioxide emissions by investing in a green project aimed at reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere.

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