Sci/tech

U.N. Panel to Lay Out Steps on Warming
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

After two reports predicting a warmer Earth where life is fundamentally changed, a U.N.-sponsored scientific panel next month will issue a third study describing how a united world can avert the worst, by embracing technologies ranging from nuclear power to manure controls.

Researchers Probe Fossilized Rain Forest
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - David Mercer, Associated Press

Standing on the wind-swept flatlands of southern Vermilion County, you might think you'd have to drive the 180 miles to Chicago's Field Museum to find the nearest fossilized tree trunk from the Pennsylvania Age, 300 million years ago. Nah, just drill straight down.

California Assembly Committee Calls for Phase-Out of Incandescent Lights
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Steve Lawrence, Associated Press

A California state Assembly committee voted Monday to phase out the incandescent light bulb, agreeing that one of Thomas Edison's most famous creations is outdated and inefficient.

U.S. Architects Announce 10 Best Green Buildings
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The best environmentally friendly buildings in the United States include a visitor center in Texas, a water treatment plant in Connecticut and a house in California, U.S. architects announced Monday.

Scientists Equip Narwhals as Arctic Oceanographers
April 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Will Dunham, Reuters

Scientists have enlisted some supremely qualified recruits to retrieve important data on one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. And all these recruits want is a nice fish dinner.

China Says Global Warming Threatens Development
April 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

Global warming could devastate China's development, the nation's first official survey of climate change warns, while insisting economic growth must come before greenhouse gas cuts.

NYC Proposes Fee on Cars Entering Manhattan To Reduce Congestion and Pollution
April 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Sara Kugler, Associated Press

Driving into the most congested half of Manhattan could become an expensive privilege under a wide-ranging city program unveiled Sunday to cope with the booming population and ease stress on the environment.

Smithsonian Accused of Altering Exhibit
April 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Brett Zongker, Associated Press

The Smithsonian Institution toned down an exhibit on climate change in the Arctic for fear of angering Congress and the Bush administration, says a former administrator at the museum.

Energy Producers Capture Speedier Wind
April 20, 2007 12:00 AM - John McCarthy, Associated Press

New technology is allowing energy producers to capture speedier wind that environmental activists say has the potential to provide 20 percent of the state's electricity within 10 years.

Astronauts Recall View Before Earth Day
April 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

The rarest view in humanity -- Earth from afar -- moves many of the lucky few observers to tears and gives them a new appreciation of that blue marble we all call home. For Earth Day this year -- at a time when perhaps some perspective is needed -- The Associated Press asked space travelers to recall what it's like to see Earth from above.

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