Sci/tech

Chickens Immunized by Genetically Modified Peas
October 29, 2009 10:15 AM - Wagdy Sawahel, SciDevNet

Genetically modified peas that can protect chickens against a common infection have been successful in trials. Scientists inserted a gene that caused the plants to produce an antibody that stops a harmful parasite from invading a chicken's gut cells.

"Where Do Dust Bunnies Come From?" Finally, an Answer
October 29, 2009 09:50 AM - Vanessa L. Bourlier, ENN

Anyone who has had the pleasure of cleaning their home or office has likely pondered a question which has puzzled and perplexed men and women for generations: where does all this dust come from?

U.S. Climate Bill Will Create Jobs, True or False?
October 29, 2009 06:24 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Leaders at companies that develop low-carbon energy told a Senate panel that climate legislation would create millions of new jobs, but lawmakers from fossil-fuel dependent states said the bill would hit employment in the traditional energy economy.

Carbon Market Growth Stalls in 2009
October 28, 2009 10:26 AM - Point Carbon, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The world carbon market will be worth $122 billion in 2009, just $3 billion higher than last year. The forecast, from UK research group New Energy Finance, marks a severe drop in growth amid the global economic downturn.

Smart Grid to be Stimulated
October 28, 2009 06:46 AM - Reuters and other sources

President Barack Obama will announce the largest investment of economic stimulus funds in clean energy during a visit to Florida, an Obama administration official said on Monday. The announcement will involve the smart grid, which will help bring energy from clean domestic sources to consumers in 49 states and help build a strong and more reliable electricity grid

Why We Get aflatoxin in Our Peanut Butter
October 27, 2009 04:24 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Aflatoxin, found in mold on nuts and grains can cause liver cancer if consumed in large quantities. University California, Irvine researchers for the first time have discovered what triggers the toxin to form, which could lead to methods of limiting its production. Sheryl Tsai, lead author of a study appearing Oct. 22, in the journal Nature that reports the finding. Dr. Tsai is an associate professor of molecular biology & biochemistry, chemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences. "It's shocking how profoundly these molds can affect public health," said Dr. Tsai

U.S. Public Still Unconvinced on Climate Change
October 27, 2009 03:39 PM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

Fewer U.S. citizens consider climate change to be a "serious threat" compared to two years ago, even as scientific evidence demonstrates that the problem has become increasingly severe, according to a recent nationwide public opinion poll. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey suggests that climate change campaigns are not adequately explaining the latest science to an audience that needs to reduce emissions substantially in order for the world to avoid the most damaging effects of global warming.

Important Study on Climate Change and Livestock Emissions
October 27, 2009 10:35 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

A study by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang of the World Bank looked at the relative importance of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gasses from oil, natural gas, and coal compared to the life cycle and supply chain emissions of domesticated animals raised for food. They conclude that greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food account for 51% of annual emissions caused by humans and should be given higher priority in global efforts to fight climate change.

Senator Boxer Releases Full Draft of US Climate Bill
October 27, 2009 06:56 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Senator Barbara Boxer released a 923-page draft of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act over the weekend, the Senate version of climate and energy legislation, for the first time specifying emissions allocations and costs proposed in the bill. "We've reached another milestone as we move to a clean energy future, creating millions of jobs and protecting our children from dangerous pollution," Boxer, chairperson of the Environmental and Public Works Committee, who wrote the bill with Senator John Kerry, said on Friday.

Study Raises Red Flag over Home Insecticides, Autoimmune Diseases
October 26, 2009 11:22 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

New research suggests a link between women's exposure to household insecticides - including roach and mosquito killers - and the autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

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