Manual Lawn Mowers Are Making a Comeback
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Don Babwin, Associated Press
Powerful, loud mowers have been showing lawns who's boss for decades. But now contraptions that couldn't cut butter without a good shove are quietly -- really quietly -- making a comeback.
Study Shows Primitive Fish Had Genetic Wiring for Limbs
May 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Will Dunham, Reuters
Primitive fish already may have possessed the genetic wiring needed to grow hands and feet well before the appearance of the first animals with limbs roughly 365 million years ago, scientists said Wednesday.
Study Shows that Climate Change Could Harm Crops
May 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Ariel David, Reuters
Climate change could drive many wild relatives of plants such as the potato and the peanut into extinction, threatening a valuable source of genes necessary to help these food crops fight pests and drought, an international research group reported.
China Says Environment Losing Out to Development
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
China must integrate environmental conservation into its development plans, officials said on Tuesday, as the environment ministry said pollution across the country was getting worse.
Dozens of European Mammal Species Face Extinction, Conservation Group Says
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Frank Jordans, Associated Press
Dozens of European mammals, including the Iberian lynx, the elusive Saiga antelope and the Mediterranean monk seal, face extinction unless immediate measures are taken to protect them, a conservation group said Tuesday.
Remote Florida Site Eyed for New Green Town for the Environmentally Aware
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - David Royse, Associated Press
Homes here could be heated or cooled using the Earth's natural underground temperature. Appliances would be run by solar-powered batteries. Houses would be oriented to avoid the summer sun.
Referendum Over Highway Through Rare Peat Bog in Poland Ruled Invalid
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A referendum on whether to build a highway through a rare peat bog protected by European Union habitat laws failed to muster the necessary voter turnout and has been declared invalid, election officials said Monday.
Contaminated Salvador Lake Is Mystery Bird Magnet
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Alberto Barrera, Reuters
An artificial lake in El Salvador brimming with sewage and industrial waste is mystifying scientists by attracting thousands of migratory and sea birds.
Study Shows Southern Ocean Saturated with Carbon Dioxide
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is so loaded with carbon dioxide that it can barely absorb any more, so more of the gas will stay in the atmosphere to warm up the planet, scientists reported Thursday.
Scientists Advise Capturing Spotted Owls
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Gene Johnson, Associated Press
A team of Pacific Northwest scientists has recommended capturing many or all of British Columbia's remaining northern spotted owls and breeding them at zoos throughout the region in an effort to prevent their extinction.