PBS Documentary: The Silence Of The Bees
September 9, 2007 10:52 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK, - From crop fields to hi-tech labs, scientists and bee experts are investigating a rapidly unfolding ecological nightmare. The Silence of the Bees premieres on Sunday, October 28 at 8 p.m. eastern on PBS (check local listings). Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham narrates the series. It was shot on high definition cameras. Honeybees are responsible for one of every three bites of food we eat. Each year, they pollinate $14 billion worth of crops and seeds in the U.S. alone. Their total decimation would be catastrophic from the local to the global level -- failed businesses, skyrocketing food prices, unsustainable labor costs, and depleted supplies of fruits, nuts, vegetables, plants, and more.

Does APEC merely add to global warming?
September 9, 2007 08:24 AM - Bill Tarrant -Associated Press

As Asia-Pacific leaders jetted home on Sunday with yet another APEC souvenir to stuff into their "funny shirt" closet, folks back home may well ask: "So what did you get out of that meeting besides the outback raincoat?".

So Cal's First LEED Certified All-Solar Multi-Family Community.
September 8, 2007 09:01 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ORANGE, Calif. - Orange County's first all-green new-home community, opened its sustainable model homes to the public this weekend. It's also trendy Orange County's first LEED Certified residential community, and its first all-solar multi-family community. The community is called "Deopt Walk". Models range from 1,277- to 2,010-square-feet, and start in the $600,000 dollar range.

NASA: Little Mars Rovers Survive Dust Storms On Mars
September 8, 2007 08:30 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (Video inside) Gusts of wind have cleared dust from the solar collectors on one of two robot rovers on the surface of Mars and both have awakened from the sleep NASA put them into, the space agency said on Friday. It said Opportunity was now preparing to drive into the half-mile diameter Victoria Crater next week and Spirit had climbed onto a formation called Home Plate, a plateau of layered bedrock. The rovers have been operating for more than three years, although they were only designed to last three months. "These rovers are tough. They faced dusty winds, power starvation and other challenges -- and survived," NASA's Alan Stern said in a statement.

Imagined Milk Intolerance Causes Problems For Girls Bones
September 8, 2007 08:07 PM - Anne Harding, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young girls who believe they are lactose-intolerant take in less calcium and have thinner bones than their peers who don't think they had any trouble consuming dairy products, a new study shows. But when these girls were tested to determine if they actually did have difficulty digesting lactose, many did not. "It's a little concerning that you have young girls during this period of time when they actually obtain their peak bone mass...that they have already been influenced that they are intolerant to milk for whatever reason," said Dr. Carol J. Boushey of Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, the study's lead author.

Human Ecology: German Suspects Had Deadline For Attacks
September 8, 2007 03:55 PM - Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) - Three suspected Islamist militants who were planning to attack American targets in Germany had orders to act by September 15 and knew police were hot on their trail before their arrest, a magazine said on Saturday. The plan was foiled on Tuesday when police arrested two German converts to Islam and a Turk in the biggest German police investigation in the last 30 years.

Fossett Search Expands, Hope Persists (VIDEO)
September 8, 2007 01:05 PM - William Albright, Reuters

RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - The search for U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett, missing in the rugged Nevada desert for five days, was expanded again on Friday, but authorities said they were suspending night flights. Capt. April Conway, spokeswoman for the Nevada Air National Guard, told reporters the air search had been extended to 17,000 sq miles from 10,000 sq miles (26,000 sq km). (See Fossett video inside)

Volunteers Help Monitor Nation's Rivers
September 8, 2007 07:08 AM - Associated Press

Day after day, Chauncey Moran leaves his backwoods cabin, packs his pickup with gear and embarks on a scientific mission: checking the health of the Yellow Dog River. Friends call the 62-year-old retiree "River Walker" for his devotion to the trout stream, which meanders through forests and sandy plains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and eventually feeds into Lake Superior.

Vanessa Wood's Blog From The Congo Starts Today: The Amazing Bonobo
September 7, 2007 06:31 PM - Vanessa Woods

Starting today in our "Animals" section, ENN contributor Vanessa Wood begins her blog from the Congo on the Bonobo. The Bonobo shares 98.7% of human DNA, equal to chimpanzees. But unlike chimps, little is known about the this animal, except they enjoy a social structure almost free of violence. To learn more, and learn why, Australian researcher and ENN contributor Vanessa Woods and a team of Australian experts are traveling to a remote forest preserve near the Congo capital of Kinshasa to study the Bonobo and maybe shed more light on how we became human.

Protecting Human Ecology, EU Rejects "Very Dangerous" Kosovo Partition
September 7, 2007 03:16 PM - By Ingrid Melander and Mark John

VIANA DO CASTELO, Portugal (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers warned on Friday against a partition of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo, arguing it could reignite conflicts across the Balkans. Russia, which has blocked a U.N.-backed plan to put Kosovo on the road to independence, said last week it could accept a partition of the province if accepted by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority and by Belgrade. But Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said any such move, which would be most likely to involve splitting off north Kosovo where many Serbs live, could spark similar separatist demands from ethnic groups in neighboring Bosnia and elsewhere in the region.

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