• CEOs see green energy policies preserving U.S. jobs

    GOLETA, California (Reuters) - It's not often you hear executives from the biggest U.S. industries and a Republican governor clamoring for stronger regulations on climate change. But that's exactly what they want. Without clear climate change policy, not only will manufacturing jobs be siphoned off to overseas rivals investing heavily in renewable energy sources, but U.S. companies won't have any clear direction on where best to invest their money in new capital projects to keep in line with regulations, top executives said. >> Read the Full Article
  • The Dirty Side of a “Green” Industry

    As people worldwide increasingly feel the heat of climate change, many are applauding the skyrocketing growth China’s fledging solar-cell industry. Solar power and other “green” technologies, by providing electricity from renewable energy sources like the sun and wind, create hope for a world free of coal-burning pollution and natural resource depletion. A recent Washington Post article, however, has revealed that China’s booming solar industry is not as green as one might expect. Many of the solar panels that now adorn European and American rooftops have left behind a legacy of toxic pollution in Chinese villages and farmlands. >> Read the Full Article
  • $6 million research lab will produce ethanol and other biofuels from grasses and biomass

    A former agricultural engineering, power and machinery lab at Cornell is being gutted to make way for a state-of-the art Biofuels Research Laboratory that will convert perennial grasses and woody biomass into cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels and will occupy the entire east wing of Riley Robb Hall by January 2009. The $6 million lab is being constructed thanks to a $10 million grant awarded to Larry Walker, Cornell professor of biological and environmental engineering, from the Empire State Development Corp., and will include analytical equipment, incubators, fermentors and other state-of-the-art biotechnology equipment. >> Read the Full Article
  • China/EU alliance 'could be key to low-carbon energy'

    [BEIJING] China and the European Union (EU) can significantly advance low-carbon technologies if they cooperate closely on technological development and market access, according to a new report. 'Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security for China and Europe', outlines common challenges faced by the China and the EU in dealing with the impact of climate change on energy security — despite differences in their economic development. >> Read the Full Article
  • Norwegian watchdog raps StatoilHydro for spill

    OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's oil safety authority found "serious deficiencies" behind a December oil spill at StatoilHydro's Statfjord field in the North Sea and ordered the company to make improvements, the watchdog said on Thursday. The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) also said: "No damage to the marine environment has so far been identified as a result of the spill." >> Read the Full Article
  • A Brilliantly Simple Way to Recharge Your Batteries

    Ask yourself this: How many devices in your house use batteries? How often do they need to get replaced? How often have you thought of getting rechargeable batteries? How often have you actually done it? If your answers are many, often, every time, and never, you're not alone. >> Read the Full Article
  • Food versus fuel in the Philippines

    The government wants farmers to plant crops for biofuels on a vast scale. But could the quest for green energy create food shortages? Growing world energy demand, the insecurity of long-term supply and the consequences of fossil fuel use for climate change are driving governments to look for alternatives. To meet rising energy needs, many countries are promoting the production and use of biofuels - energy extracted as a gas, liquid or oil from plants. >> Read the Full Article
  • EU leaders to set timetable for energy reform

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will set a tight timetable this week for adopting ambitious energy policy reforms and measures to fight climate change despite some sharp differences over how to achieve those goals.

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  • StatoilHydro says ready for new Canadian CO2 rules

    "We have known for a long time that something on CO2 would come from the Canadian authorities and we think we are well prepared," spokeswoman Kjersti Morstoel said on Wednesday.

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  • Myanmar's nutty scheme to solve energy crisis

    PYAW GAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - They may look leafless and lifeless, but Kyaw Sinnt is certain his nut-trees are the key to Myanmar's chronic energy shortage. Others are less sure, saying the junta's plan to turn the country into a giant plantation of biofuel-producing "physic nuts" is yet another example of the ill-conceived central planning that has crippled a once-promising economy. >> Read the Full Article