Sci/tech

Giant Cold Water Eddy off Sydney Lowers Sea Level
March 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australian oceanographers have discovered a giant cold water eddy off Sydney which has lowered sea levels almost one metre and impacted a major ocean current.

Scientist Says Sea Level Rise Could Accelerate
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

Data from satellites is showing that sea-level rises and polar ice-melting might be worse than earlier thought, a leading oceanographer said on Monday. Sea levels, rising at 1 millimetre a year before the industrial revolution, are now rising by 3 millimetres a year.

U.S. Changes Clocks to Help Environment
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Richard Cowan, Reuters

Energy-guzzling Americans, always on the lookout for a painless path to conservation, celebrated over weekend when they cut greenhouse gas emissions by simply pushing forward the hands on their clocks.

White House Seeks to Boost Aquaculture
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration wants to allow ocean farming for shellfish, salmon and saltwater species in federal waters for the first time, hoping to grab a greater share of the $70 billion aquaculture market.

Biologists Try to Solve Duck Die-Off
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

State and federal biologists have ruled out several causes in the deaths of 850 ducks this winter and were still trying to figure out how they died. Avian flu, bacterial infections and exposure to heavy metals and toxins have been ruled out as culprits in the only mass duck die-off its kind nationally.

Canada, Alberta to Study Greenhouse Gas Capture
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

A new task force funded by the Canadian government and the province of Alberta will study ways to capture and store greenhouse gases emitted by the province's massive oil sands projects, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.

Robot Salamander May Give Evolution Clues
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The first animal to crawl onto land from the ocean probably looked a bit like today's salamander, and researchers have wondered how it was able to switch from swimming to walking. Now, European scientists have built a robot with a primitive electric nervous system that they say mimics that change in motion.

Residential Green Building Slow to Gain Momentum
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Vinnee Tong, Associated Press

Green building as a cause has united disparate parties from environmental groups to big business to policymakers, but one key industry has struggled to react to the change in public sentiment.

China Building Blitz Holds Key to Energy Saving
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

Forget how much coal it burns. Forget its double-digit economic growth. Forget subsidised prices and the fact that a new car hits China's roads every six seconds. The biggest obstacle in China's path to curbing its wasteful energy ways may be the roofs over its citizens' heads.

Scientists Seek Medical Benefits of Coca
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Dan Keane, Associated Press

Cuban scientists are studying the possible medicinal benefits of the coca leaf, a Bolivian official said Tuesday, signaling a possible expansion of President Evo Morales' plans to develop more legal products from a plant that is the chief ingredient of cocaine.

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