Sci/tech

Washington Utility to Build Solar Project
May 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Shannon Dininny, Associated Press

Washington state's oldest utility plans to start building the largest solar project in the region next month, and a municipal utility in a small city known most for its rodeo is enlisting residents' help to expand its energy generation through the sun.

NASA Study Says Eastern U.S. To Get Hotter
May 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Future eastern United States summers look much hotter than originally predicted with daily highs about 10 degrees warmer than in recent years by the mid-2080s, a new NASA study says.

Report Finds Bottled Water Has High Environmental Costs
May 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Bottled water, the world's fastest growing beverage, carries a heavy environmental cost, adding plastic to landfills and putting pressure on natural springs, the author of a new report said Thursday.

Experts Find Turtles Are Drawn to Light Sticks
May 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Endangered loggerhead turtles snared by longline fishermen may be inadvertently lured to the hooks because of an attraction to light sticks designed to attract tuna and swordfish, researchers said.

Scientists Work on Encyclopedia of Life
May 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

In a whale-sized project, the world's scientists plan to compile everything they know about all of Earth's 1.8 million known species and put it all on one Web site, open to everyone.

U.S. Environment Satellites in Jeopardy, Scientists Say
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Environmental satellites that monitor global warming are in jeopardy because of cost cuts, as military and human spaceflight programs get larger shares of the U.S. budget, a science policy expert said Wednesday.

Scientists Display Modified Sorghum Crop
May 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Graczyk, Associated Press

Texas A&M University scientists showed off to state and federal officials Tuesday a genetically engineered crop of sorghum they believe will be a more efficient and economical option to corn in drier parts of the country as the nation pushes for alternative energy sources.

China Climate Offensive Has Eye on Growth
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

China, soon to be the world's biggest greenhouse gas polluter, has gone on the offensive in global warming politics, opposing emissions caps likely to shape contentious negotiations about solutions.

Rainmakers Give Light Relief in Warm, Dry World
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat, Reuters

Welcome to the work of the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking, a small front line in Thailand's fight against drought -- a struggle likely to become increasingly desperate if scientists and governments meeting in Bangkok this week fail to agree a masterplan to tackle global warming.

Experts Meet on U.N. Report but Time Running Out
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

After two gloomy U.N. reports on global warming, scientists and governments on Monday began looking at how to fight climate change, with green groups saying the world has the means to cut emissions at little cost.

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