Lifestyle

Estimates of U.S. HIV cases rise 50 percent: reports
December 1, 2007 08:20 AM - Reuters

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now believes the number of new HIV infections each year is between 55,000 and 60,000 -- up from the 40,000 figure used for the past decade, The Washington Post reported.

Texas mayors promote fluorescents as "state bulb"
November 30, 2007 07:51 PM - Reuters

To kick off a statewide campaign to get residents to replace old light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs, Texas mayors vowed to launch an effort to make the bulbs available, to encourage their use and to suggest that people give them as gifts for Christmas or other occasions.

Fed won't let market upset become calamity: Poole
November 30, 2007 07:49 PM - By Mark Felsenthal, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve would not hesitate to act to prevent financial strains from damaging the economy and any steps it does take are not made to shield investors, a top Fed official said on Friday.

Consumer spending flags, construction plummets
November 30, 2007 02:22 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer spending inched up by an unexpectedly small 0.2 percent last month and construction spending tumbled, according to reports on Friday that heightened concerns on the health of the economy.

UN: Rich countries driving 'ecological debt crisis'
November 30, 2007 09:16 AM - , SciDevNet

Developed countries are failing to meet Kyoto Protocol targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and must drastically cut them for the sake of poorer countries, says a UN report.

The authors argue that rich countries are driving an "ecological debt crisis", which will affect the world's poor earliest and hardest.

The Poo Theory of Life
November 30, 2007 09:06 AM - , Environmental Graffiti

The Cambrian period began a little over 500 million years ago. Before the Cambrian period, life on earth consisted of mostly single-celled organisms and bacteria. Afterwards the evolutionary ancestors of all the major groups of living things today were hanging around the planet. So what caused this evolutionary leap? According to one scientist, poop.

Biogeochemist Graham Logan published his opinion on the matter a few years ago. He points out that feces producing creatures, ones that ate food then excreted it like humans today, first arrived around 40 million years before the Cambrian period. He argued that their poo was what allowed oxygen levels to rise, and evolution to explode.

Will China "Lose" the 2008 Olympics?
November 30, 2007 08:21 AM - Ian Bremmer, Global Policy Innovations Program

When the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the 2008 Summer Games in July 2001, the announcement ignited wild celebrations across the country. The Chinese Communist Party hoped to use the Games to showcase the country's emergence as a dynamic, modern nation. But as China's leaders begin final preparations for the Games next August, they may be wondering if hosting the event was such a good idea after all. They have significant reasons for doubt.

Retailers keep "green" behind the scenes
November 29, 2007 02:40 PM - Reuters

COLUMBIA, Maryland (Reuters) - Retailers may be touting their environmental-friendliness this year, but just about the only "green" in evidence for the holidays is in the usual Christmas decorations.

Thick catalogs continue to clog mailboxes, store personnel keep handing out free gift boxes, and plastic bags are everywhere.

Climate change may cost Florida $345 billion a year: study
November 28, 2007 04:29 PM - Reuters

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - If nothing is done to combat global warming, two of Florida's nuclear power plants, three of its prisons and 1,362 hotels, motels and inns will be under water by 2100, a study released on Wednesday said.

In all, Florida could stand to lose $345 billion a year in projected economic activity by 2100 if nothing is done to reduce emissions that are viewed as the main human contribution to rising global temperatures, according to the Tufts University study.

That equals about 5 percent of what economists project the state's gross domestic product will be by the end of the century.

 

Discovery sees Planet Green in 70 million homes
November 28, 2007 12:48 PM - Reuters

Discovery Communications said on Wednesday it expects to reach as many as 70 million homes with its upcoming Planet Green cable network within three years of its launch, up from a start of 52 million.

The company is converting its Discovery Home Channel into Planet Green, the first 24-hour U.S. television network dedicated to eco-friendly lifestyle programming that will launch in 2008.

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