Sci/tech

New Climate Change Report Released
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Warming temperatures will cause increased drought and sea-level rises in Australia and New Zealand by 2030 and threaten ecologically rich sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, according to excerpts from a new scientific report released Tuesday.

Effort to Catalog Species Tops One Million
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A worldwide scientific effort to catalog every living species has topped the 1 million milestone. Six years into the program the total has reached 1,009,000, researchers report. They hope to complete the listing by 2011, reaching an expected total of about 1.75 million species.

Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming
April 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

A top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore "a gross alarmist" Friday for making an Oscar-winning documentary about global warming. "He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things," Dr. William Gray said in an interview with The Associated Press at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans.

Scientists Say Genes Determine Dog Sizes
April 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

From the towering Great Dane to the feisty little Chihuahua, all dogs are brothers under the skin. Now, researchers have uncovered a reason why the animals wearing that skin vary so much in size.

Winter Arctic Sea Ice Near Record Low
April 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Winter Arctic sea ice this year was the second smallest area on record in a sign of greenhouse warming, U.S. climate scientists said Wednesday. March 2007 Arctic sea ice extent was about 7 percent smaller than the average from 1979, the first full year satellites recorded it, to 2000.

Study Shows Rich Reforestation after Fires
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Scientists looking at the aftermath of wildfires in the forests of southwestern Oregon and Northern California found that after five to ten years even the most severely burned areas had sprouted plentiful seedlings without any help from man.

U.S. Developer To Build Hotels in Congo National Park
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Congo Republic has signed a deal to allow a U.S. developer to build hotels and casinos in a natural park that is home to several endangered species, a source at the Forestry Ministry said on Monday.

Climate Change Sceptics Say Humans Not To Blame
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

A group of scientists is fighting a rearguard action to challenge mainstream evidence that humans are to blame for climate change.

Mongolia Reindeer Herders Threatened by Modern World
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Luke Distelhorst, Reuters

North of nowhere and high above the pristine, alpine Khovsgol Lake in the forests of northern Mongolia, the Gansukh family sits in their teepee home while their reindeer graze outside.

Government Official Faulted for Science Meddling, Leaks of Private Information
March 30, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A government official broke federal rules and should face punishment for leaking information about endangered species to private groups, the Interior Department's watchdog said.

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