Older, Wiser but Ghana Is Less Green at 50
March 5, 2007 09:49 AM - Orla Ryan, Reuters
The first country in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence, Ghana turns 50 this month. While it may be older and wiser, it is also decidedly less green. Originally forests covered 36 percent of Ghana's territory but by 2000 this had shrunk to just 10 percent, according to a 2004 report by the country's Environmental Protection Agency.
Cambodian Leader Warns That Development Poses Threat to Great Lake
March 5, 2007 09:42 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.
European Lighting Industry Agrees to Push Energy-Saving Bulbs
March 2, 2007 09:33 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.
Tax Breaks Proposed for Landowners Who Offer Habitats
March 1, 2007 04:54 AM - Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press
Landowners frustrated by the Endangered Species Act might get a carrot instead of the stick under a proposed revision of the law that would offer them tax incentives to give the critters a home.
Moscow Tells Residents to Change Their Light Bulbs
February 28, 2007 09:47 AM - James Kilner, Reuters
Russia has launched its first major energy awareness campaign since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, bringing an unfamiliar sight to Moscow's streets: billboards urging people to switch to energy-saving light bulbs.
NGO, Residents to Buy Malaysian Forests to Prevent Urban Development
February 27, 2007 06:43 AM - Associated Press
The Malaysian chapter of World Wide Fund for Nature and at least two resident associations in central Petaling Jaya city -- next to the country's largest city Kuala Lumpur -- intend to buy up forest tracts for conservation purposes, the New Straits Times reported.
Solar Handbags? Wind Turbines? How to Get Green
February 26, 2007 09:44 AM - Sylvia Westall, Reuters
The idea of renewable energy at home is no longer as distant as an offshore wind farm. More companies are waking up to the popularity of green energy and the Web hosts many sites showing steps people can take -- or gadgets they can buy -- to use renewable technology.
Australia to Change Lightbulbs to Curb Warming
February 20, 2007 07:09 AM - Reuters
Australia will be the world's first country to ban incandescent lightbulbs in a bid to curb Greenhouse gas emissions, with the government saying on Tuesday they would be phased out within three years.
British Virgin Islands Approves Luxury Resort Despite Strong Opposition
February 20, 2007 06:53 AM - Associated Press
The British Virgin Islands has approved construction of a high-end resort and golf course that would take up most of a largely uninhabited island, the territory's government announced.
Environmentalists Protest Plans for Highway Across Rare Reat Bog in Poland
February 19, 2007 09:38 AM - Associated Press
Hundreds of environmentalists on Sunday protested the planned construction of a highway that would cross one of Europe's rare peat bogs. Polish authorities have approved plans to construct a section of the Via Baltica highway, linking Poland to Finland, that would cross a protected peat bog area off the Rospuda River in the northeast of the country.