Health

London Testing a New Way to Refill Your Water Bottle
October 12, 2009 07:31 AM - Mary Catherine O'Connor, Triple Pundit

Finding a way to refill your reusable water bottle is as hard as finding a public restroom in most cities. London is testing a new-tech "fountain" to do just that in an effort to reduce the number of water bottles in trash.

Time to Upgrade Windows?
October 11, 2009 01:42 PM - Cheryl Corley, NPR

This is not another article about Windows 7! Your house's windows can provide great views and fresh air, but they also can run up energy bills. That's why many people opt to replace old drafty windows at home with new energy-efficient ones.

Australian Dust Storms Lead to Life Explosion
October 10, 2009 07:49 AM - Discovery Channel, from Dani Cooper, ABC Science Online

The red dust storm that dumped thousands of tons of soil across eastern Australia two weeks ago has caused an explosion in microscopic life in Sydney Harbor and beyond.

Apple, Sony Ericsson Demonstrate Best Practices in Green Electronics
October 8, 2009 08:51 AM - Matter Network, from SustainableBusiness.com

Seven companies have engineered environmental solutions that negate the need for most--or in some cases all--uses of brominated and chlorinated chemicals in consumer electronics, according to a new report. The environmental organizations, ChemSec and Clean Production Action, said the following companies are leading the electronics industry by moving away from chemicals that can lead to health and environmental problems:

President Calls Underwater Cabinet Meeting: Tells His Ministers to Take Scuba Lessons, in Maldives
October 8, 2009 07:49 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has asked his cabinet members to take scuba lessons and learn underwater signs in preparation for a cabinet meeting he has called for October 17 – the reason for the lessons and sign language is because the meeting will be held 20 feet underwater. The small low-lying nation archipelago averages only seven feet above sea-level, and may be one of the first nations to disappear entirely due to sea level rise from global warming.

Apples, Pumpkins and Squash — Time to Switch our Local Food Radar to Autumn
October 7, 2009 07:32 AM - Christopher Peake Green Right Now ABC7, Organic Consumers Association

Eating locally can be a healthier, wiser way to go - fresher food is more nutrient rich. But shopping for local produce means we must learn to take control of our menu, work with what's in season and let go of what's heading out. Now that it's fall, we have to say goodbye to berries, hello to pumpkins, and dig through our cookbooks for that squash soup recipe.

It's Harvest Moon Time!
October 5, 2009 06:32 AM - Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

If you like astronomy, here's a very simple event that you can see without special instruments, even if you are in a city: The harvest moon. In fact, if you are in a city, it will look even more spectacular.

Climate Change Threatens Mekong Basin
October 5, 2009 06:16 AM - Chisa Fujioka, Reuters

Changing weather patterns and rising seas are already affecting many people in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong Basin and climate change threatens the livelihoods of millions more, a report released on Monday shows. Intense floods and droughts, coastal erosion, higher seas and heat waves in coming decades threaten rice, fruit and coffee crops and fisheries on which many of the basin's 65 million people depend, says the report by global conservation group WWF.

Fungus Illuminates World's Worst Extinction
October 4, 2009 06:22 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

In the wake of the world's worst mass extinction 250 million years ago, life on Earth was nearly nonexistent. All across the supercontinent Pangea, once lush forests lay in ruins, the corpses of trees poking like matchsticks into the poisoned air. In their place fungus ruled the land, according to a new study. It feasted on defunct wood, spreading across the planet in an orgy of decay.

Emissions Targets, Costs Stall Climate Talks
October 2, 2009 06:43 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Efforts to convince rich nations to toughen emissions cuts have failed to make much headway at climate talks in the Thai capital, the U.N. said on Friday. Delegates from about 180 nations are meeting in Bangkok to try to narrow differences on ways to broaden and deepen the fight against climate change.

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