U.S. To Unveil Five-Year Offshore Drilling Plan Monday
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Interior Department will unveil on Monday its official plan for oil and natural gas drilling in federal waters through 2012, the department said Friday. The department must issue a drilling plan that outlines where it expects drilling in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf every five years.

Environment Groups Slam European Commission for Failed Green Policies
April 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Leading European environmental groups criticized the EU's head office on Friday, saying it had failed in its green policies and was not doing enough to promote ecological issues.

China to Force Rain Ahead of Olympics
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chance of showers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: 50 percent. But Chinese meteorologists have a plan to bring sunshine. The meteorologists say they can force rain in the days before the Olympics, through a process known as cloud-seeding, to clean the air and ensure clear skies.

EPA Accused of Flouting Supreme Court in Proposing New Pollution Standard
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The government proposed a pollution standard for power plants Wednesday that critics said flouts the spirit of a Supreme Court ruling on clean air enforcement. The proposal would make it easier for utilities to expand plant operations or make other changes to produce more electricity without installing new pollution controls.

Brazil To Split Up Its Environmental Agency
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazil will break up its environmental protection agency, the government said Wednesday, in a move that should speed up the licensing of projects such as gas pipelines and dams in sensitive areas like the Amazon rain forest.

Dutch Consider Tough Biofuels Criteria
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press

It's the new climate change dilemma: finding alternatives for oil and gas without doing more harm than good. In the rush to develop biofuels, forests are burned in Asia to clear land for palm oil, and swaths of the Amazon are stripped of diverse vegetation for soya and sugar plantations for ethanol.

EU Greens Say Monthly Commute by EU Lawmakers Responsible for 20,000 Tons of CO2
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

The monthly commute by European Union lawmakers from Brussels to its other seat in Strasbourg produces over 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, nearly as much as the entire CO2 output of some small island nations, according to a study published Wednesday.

California Farmers Experiment with Growing Oilseed Plants for Biodiesel
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Jacob Adelman, Associated Press

California farmers are hoping to strike oil -- vegetable oil, that is -- with a series of experimental trials involving crops that can be processed into biodiesel.

U.S. Canal Project Raises Tensions with Mexico
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Tim Gaynor, Reuters

For decades, Mexican farmers and U.S. consumers have shared water from one of the world's largest irrigation canals running along part of the parched California-Mexico border.

WWF Says China Needs Help Managing Resources Properly
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Blanchard, Reuters

China must work more closely with the rest of the world to ensure its global hunt for resources to feed its ravenous economy does not wreck communities and ecosystems, conservation group WWF said on Wednesday.

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