Opponents of bio-fuel claim that it will never be competitive with gasoline or diesel. But bio-fuels are still in their infancy -- with more research, they may indeed become a competitive alternative energy source.
The oil on Cat Island, near Grand Isle, Louisiana, either arrived before the booms did or got through them. It has been washed about half a foot up above the water line, coating and suffocating plants.
Laos' largest hydropower project, the World Bank-funded Nam Theun 2 Dam, began full operation last week. It did so in violation of legal obligations to provide compensation and livelihood restoration to affected communities.