Sci/tech

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.

Americans Discover the Allure of Off-Grid Living
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

A growing number of Americans are shunning power lines, choosing to live "off the grid," without commercial power -- and still enjoying their computers and large-screen televisions.

China Needs Responsible Timber Choice, Greenpeace Says
May 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Greenpeace called on China's large DIY retailers on Thursday to adopt "responsible" timber-sourcing policies to allow the country's growing ranks of home renovators to buy legally imported wood.

Sixteen Cities To Go Green Under Clinton Plan
May 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Sara Kugler, Associated Press

Sixteen cities around the world will begin cutting carbon emissions by renovating city-owned buildings with green technology under a program spearheaded by former President Clinton's foundation.

The Green Lifestyle: Eco-Friendly Techniques for a Healthy Lawn
May 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Dean Fosdick, Associated Press

Organic lawn care is one way to take your property green. But there are a number of moves you can make to make things even more earth-friendly as a responsible gardener and grass manager.

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.

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