EDWARDSPORT, Ind.: Near the middle of a dusty construction site here stands a patch of land, about the size of two football fields, notable because it is empty.

The world is investing too much cash and hope in carbon capture and storage


United States President Barack Obama has sought the help of major countries of the world including China and India in addressing the urgent issue of climate change and clean energy.

A month of negative news for the Tennessee Valley Authority could lead to positive changes in national policy, including federal regulation of toxic coal wastes and new legal constraints on coal-fired power plants.

Ranchi, Jan. 20: At a time when industries are busy formulating innovative and cost-effective technology to tide over the economic crisis, they should also spare a thought for the environment.

AHMEDABAD: Heaps of decaying solid waste lying scattered in dumping sites near the city could actually act as an eco-friendly fuel for industry.

Creative Co Ltd, a leading Japanese integrated waste management company, will help Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) execute such a project.

London-based alternative investment manager Climate Change Capital plans to invest 5 billion yuan (US$732 million) in environmental projects in China including industrial waste management and clean technology over the next two to three years.

In order to boost production of clean energy source the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), would inaugurate on Monday a clearing house in the city. The new unit would enable those interested in extraction of methane from the coal mines of CIL to bring in technology and funds.

Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday invited Poland to invest in the coal power generation and coal mining sector in Pakistan to benefit the country with the expertise of Polish technology. He said this while talking to Ambassador of Poland Dr Krzysztof Debnicki, who called on him here on Friday.

The Ambassador discussed matters of mutual interest, especially power and mining sectors to further strengthen the economic ties between the two countries. Raja Pervez Ashraf, welcoming the Ambassador, informed him about the current energy situation faced by Pakistan.

Coal is abundant and affordable in the Asia Pacific region, and for the foreseeable future could be used to meet the region's growing energy needs, but what becomes of those needs when air is too dirty to breathe; water is too polluted to drink; soil too contaminated to grow crops; land is unfit for habitation; and global warming unleashes unimaginable environmental disasters?