Newsweek International

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Articles from September 6

A Mightier Wind; Wind Turbines May Soon Be Ready to Compete with Conventional Power
Byline: Brad Stone If Jim Dehlsen ever needs to remind himself why, at 67, he's still trying to save the world, all he has to do is glance outside his window. The offices of his three-year-old firm, Clipper Windpower, look across the tranquil Santa...
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Bottomline Decisions; Concerns about Reliable Supply Will Always Trump the Call for Cleaner Energy
Byline: Christoph W. Frei (Frei is the associate director for energy industries at the World Economic Forum.) Securing supply tops the energy-policy agenda. That is the message coming loud and clear from more than 60 energy-industry leaders, including...
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Digging Deep; Even Remote Patches of Oil Are Starting to Look More and More Attractive
Byline: Adam Piore (With Phil Gunson in Caracas and Frank Brown in Moscow) Its approach echoes across the desolate plains of northern Alberta like the Tyrannosaurus rex that ruled here 265 million years ago. But even a three-story carnivore would...
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Emerging from Exile
At the height of apartheid, in 1972, there weren't many places in South Africa where black artists could freely show their work. When Ike Nkoana hung his paintings in a Pretoria gallery, they were smeared with excrement overnight. So he and other artists...
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For Love of the Dacia
Byline: Andrei Postelnicu (Postelnicu writes for the Financial Times) They have all the aesthetic appeal of an outhouse on wheels. Many required repair the moment they were made. Yet when the last Dacia, Romania's iconic communist-era sedan, recently...
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Fuel's Future; Business Sees Clean Natural Gas as the Next Dominant Fossil Fuel. but There Will Be Political Storms along the Way
Byline: Christopher Dickey The moment of maximum danger came suddenly on the evening of January 19. The scene was the Algerian port of Skikda, where processing plants take natural gas pumped from the Sahara and cool it under enormous pressure...
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Healthy Homes; New Building Technologies and Innovative Add-Ons Are Making Nearly-Zero-Energy Houses a Real Possibility
Byline: William Underhill and Malcolm Beith (With John Sparks in New York Graphic by Stanford Kay) Imagine a community for the deeply green. Walls half-a-meter thick keep temperatures comfortable year-round. Windows are triple-glazed. A wind-driven...
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Hot Green Gizmos; A Range of Energy-Saving Devices for the Home
Byline: Kathryn Williams, Sandy Lawrence Edry, William Underhill, John Sparks HEATING Nice Warm Ears Electric heat is costly, and burning coal is dirty. So why not burn corn? Corn stoves have been around since the '70s, but new models increase...
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Oil Isn't Going Away; the Real Threat Is the Ever-Rising Challenge of Meeting Global Demand
Byline: Tony Emerson Exxon Mobile CEO Lee Raymond is known as an oil man's oil man, with little patience for fuzzy green alternatives. Who better to ask about the semisoft idea behind the hybrid economy--reducing rather than replacing fossil fuels...
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On the Road
Byline: Mac Margolis Walter Salles has won a deserved reputation for making compassionate films. No matter how blighted their lives, his protagonists--the orphan who finds his lost family in "Central Station," the marked son who flees a murderous...
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People Power; the Hybrid Economy Is Going to Need an Electrical Grid That Can Accommodate Every Available Power Source
Byline: Fred Guterl and Andrew Romano (With Kay Itoi in Tokyo and Sudip Mazumdar in New Delhi Graphic text by John Sparks, Graphic by Joshua Keay) It's not hard to imagine corporate executives treating Terry Penney's ideas with skepticism. Penney,...
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Perils of Good Intentions; Roh's Idealism Has Turned South Korea into a Debtor State
Byline: B. J. Lee South Korean president Roh Moo Hyun came to power last year as a populist outsider, and in recent months has spelled out spending plans that deliver on his promises in a big way--some say too big. The total amounts to as much as...
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Periscope
Byline: Michael Isikoff, Mark Hosenball, Michael Hirsh, Daniel Klaidman And Dan Ephron, Stryker McGuire, Anna Kuchment and Mark Hosenball, John Sparks and Jennifer Barrett Ozols, Mary Carmichael, Sarah Sennott, William Lee Adams, Devon Thomas NEWSWEEK...
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Seattle Superbus; A Northwest Oasis Is the Main Testing Ground for Hybrid Mass Transit
Byline: Andrew Romano Jim Boon is a hybrid kind of guy. He drives a Toyota hybrid to work, a Honda hybrid on weekends, and as a manager for Seattle's public transportation system, he recently placed the world's largest order for hybrid electric...
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Solar? Eclipsed. Why Does Wall Street Continue to Look Down on Renewable Energy?
Byline: Rana Foroohar If alternative-energy companies are so hot, why are their stocks so unpopular? Record-high oil prices make wind and solar increasingly competitive. Fear of climate change should brighten prospects for any alternative to fossil...
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The Alaskan Front; Where the Battle of Greens versus Big Oil Is Heating Up, Once Again
Byline: Brad Stone In early August this year the remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska was gripped with unseasonably mild weather: 20 degree afternoons, ravenous mosquitoes past prime insect season and dry tundra in the typically...
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The Gas Misers; Toyota's New Hybrid May Just Be the Biggest Thing in Cars since the Combustion Engine
Byline: Michael Hastings (With Keith Naughton in Detroit, Masato Kawaguchi in Tokyo and Bureau Reports) Richard Pearce has turned out his old love, a 1989 Dodge pickup truck. In 2002 the 50-year-old retired soldier and his wife decided to bring...
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The Gold Rush
On the right as one enters the gallery hangs Gustav Klimt's "Nuda Veritas" (1899), a monumental picture of a sensual female awash in glorious gold and blue. And on the left: "Wave at Matsushima," a spectacular gold-and-green six- panel screen by the...
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The High Road; If China Steers Its Auto Industry toward Hybrids and Perhaps Hydrogen Cars, the World May Have No Choice but to Follow
Byline: Craig Simons Yu Zhuoping hasn't taken a vacation in two years. Nor does the 44-year-old take many weekends off. Instead he logs 12-hour days in a soccer- pitch-size laboratory filled with flashing computer screens and disemboweled electric...
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The Ides of September; French Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy Heads for an Autumn Showdown in Paris
Byline: Eric Pape and Tracy McNicoll Forget the Olympics. A country like France prefers a more dramatic tale, ripe with flawed characters and complex moral questions. From the beaches of Normandy to the Cote d'Azur, French vacationers have been...
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The Price Is Wrong; Even $50 a Barrel Can't Wean the World from Oil. Only Government Can
Byline: Leonardo Maugeri (Maugeri is group senior vice president for corporate strategies at Eni, the Italian oil and gas company.) Is the internal-combustion engine dead? listening to all the voices calling hybrid vehicles the future of transportation,...
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The Road to Peace; Rebels in the Southern Philippines Wrestle with the Character of Their Insurgency
Byline: Joe Cochrane Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim is what you might call an old-school revolutionary. The leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has spent three decades in the jungles of the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao, battling...
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The Too Slow Flow; Why Indonesia Could Get All Its Power from Volcanoes-But Doesn't
Byline: Peter Janssen American giants like ChevronTexaco and Unocal began exploring the vast energy potential trapped in Indonesian volcanoes two decades ago, when Jakarta opened the sector to foreign investors. An archipelago of 17,000 islands...
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Tip Sheet
Byline: Kathryn Williams, Craig Simons Fashion: Poncho Perfection For many the word "poncho" conjures visions of fluorescent orange rain slickers. But you might have noticed that designers these days are doing all they can to change that reputation,...
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