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University to scrap relic of atomic age
December 20, 2007 07:10 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - One of the oldest artifacts of America's first experiments with nuclear power, a 70-year-old atom-busting machine, will be junked, Columbia University said on Thursday. The 60-tonne machine, called a cyclotron, has sat dormant in the basement of the New York university's physics department since 1965, when the Ivy League school sent parts of it to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Economists: extreme cold weather costly, deadly
December 20, 2007 06:44 PM - UC Berkeley Newswire

BERKELEY -- Fatalities in the continental United States tend to climb for several weeks after severe cold spells, ultimately numbering 360 per chilly day and 14,380 per year, according to a new study co-authored by a University of California, Berkeley, economist. Deaths linked to extreme cold account for 0.8 percent of the nation's annual death rate and outnumber those attributed to leukemia, murder and chronic liver disease combined, the study reports. Cold-related deaths also reduce the average life expectancy of Americans by at least a decade, it says.

Ethanol producers covet existing oil pipelines
December 20, 2007 06:16 PM - By Timothy Gardner, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The burgeoning U.S. ethanol industry is looking longingly at existing oil product pipelines for transporting the alternative fuel, an idea almost unthinkable a few years ago because of contamination fears. "As volumes increase, the economics for pipeline transport of ethanol will make a lot of sense," Mark Stowers a research and development vice president at private company POET, the largest U.S. ethanol producer, told reporters in a teleconference on Wednesday.

Some temper tantrums can be red flags: study
December 20, 2007 05:25 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Children who have long, frequent or aggressive temper tantrums may be at risk of depression or disruptive disorders, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. They said tantrums were often the sign of a sick, hungry or overstimulated child. For most parents, they were a normal part of development and should be viewed as a teaching opportunity. But parents of children who hurt themselves or others and those who cannot calm themselves without help should seek medical help, they found. Healthy children tended to have less aggressive, and generally shorter tantrums.

California to sue U.S. for denying emissions waiver
December 20, 2007 04:39 PM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday that he would sue the U.S. government for not granting a waiver that would allow his state to enforce new standards on motor vehicle emissions. California needs the waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement a state law requiring automakers to cut tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent on 2009 model cars. Sixteen other states either have adopted or are considering rules similar to California's standard. "I am extremely disappointed by EPA's decision to block the will of millions of people in California and 16 other states who want us to take tough action against global warming," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

Survey: Online Hybrid Car Searches Rise
December 20, 2007 12:19 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

RICHMOND, Va. - At a time of uncertain gas prices, a new consumer survey says online searches for hybrid cars are on the rise. Examples of the most searched hybrid cars include the Ford Escape Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid. These hybrids are climbing in popularity based on recent month- to-month trends of searches for hybrid cars on the carmax.com website. November 2007 carmax.com data indicated that searches for hybrid cars have increased 10% over last year and 43% from October to November

EPA Denies States the Right to Fight Global Warming
December 20, 2007 12:10 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stunned the nation today by denying California and 17 other states the right to proceed with regulations that would reduce global warming pollution from new automobiles. "EPA is not following science or the law," said Jim Tripp, general counsel for Environmental Defense. "This decision is like pulling over the fire trucks on their way to the blaze," said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense "For 40 years, EPA administrators have recognized the important role that California plays in innovating new standards to fight pollution."

City of Pasadena Greenlights The Pasadena EcoHouse
December 20, 2007 12:00 PM -

PASADENA, Calif. - The Pasadena EcoHouse is a step closer to reality today, after the City of Pasadena approved the homeowners' hillside building permit at last night's meeting. When completed, The Pasadena EcoHouse will be the first single-family, structural concrete insulated panel (SCIP) home in the nation to earn the coveted Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Green Building Rating System(TM), as well as the first LEED Platinum home in Pasadena. To earn the Platinum rating, The Pasadena EcoHouse will score points in several categories, including design, location, site impact, water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and green building awareness and education.

Lose 41 Pounds in 5 Minutes - Stop Junk Mail With 41pounds.org!
December 20, 2007 11:39 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

FERNDALE, Mich. - You can make a Green New Year's Resolution that lasts five years -- lose 41 pounds in less than five minutes. The average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail every year, and you can stop yours right now. The nonprofit 41pounds.org service stops your postal junk mail and unwanted catalogs to clear the clutter off your desk and give you a junk-free mailbox. When you stop your junk mail, you also keep the trees in the forest doing what trees do best: providing oxygen for us to breathe and absorbing carbon to cool the planet. So take a moment now to start your year on a clean, Green foot -- sign up for 41pounds.org.

Songbird killings in Cyprus rise: conservation group
December 20, 2007 11:04 AM - Reuters

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Up to half a million migrating songbirds, mainly warblers and robins, were killed in Cyprus this year to end up pickled or fried as an illegal restaurant delicacy, a conservation group said on Thursday. Wildlife groups have long campaigned against trapping of the tiny birds on the east Mediterranean island. The practice is banned but conservation group BirdLife Cyprus estimates some 500,000 birds were trapped this year.

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