Sci/tech

Climate Report Spurs Immediate Calls for Drastic, Speedy Change
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - John Leicester, Associated Press

The bleak outlook of a major new report on climate change shifted the onus onto governments, even mankind, to stop prevaricating and truly act, with warnings Friday from around the world that drastic, rapid change is needed -- not least from the United States.

Worrying Report on Climate Change Released in Paris
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Scientists from 113 countries issued a landmark report Friday saying they have little doubt global warming is caused by man, and predicting that hotter temperatures and rises in sea level will "continue for centuries" no matter how much humans control their pollution.

U.N. Climate Report Will Shock the World, Chairman Says
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalla, Reuters

A forthcoming U.N. report on climate change will provide the most credible evidence yet of a human link to global warming and hopefully shock the world into taking more action, the panel's chairman said on Thursday.

Warming to Raise Seas for 1,000 Years
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

World sea levels will keep rising for more than 1,000 years even if governments manage to slow a projected surge in temperatures this century blamed on greenhouse gases, a draft U.N. climate report says.

Five Komodo Dragons Born at British Zoo
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Harris, Associated Press

A British zoo announced Wednesday the virgin birth of five Komodo dragons, giving scientists new hope for the captive breeding of the endangered species.

Navy Can Keep Using Sonar for Two Years
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

The Defense Department gave the Navy permission Tuesday to keep training with sonar for another two years, a move denounced by activists who say the sound waves can harm dolphins and other marine mammals.

Record Biotech Plantings in 2006
January 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

A biotechnology advocacy group reported Thursday that a record number of biotech crops were planted worldwide last year, but critics complained the gains were more of the same: aimed at making corn, soy and cotton crops resistant to weed killers and bugs.

U.S. Planet-Monitoring Satellites Need Upgrade
January 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The U.S. satellite system that monitors Earth's environment and climate needs an urgent upgrade or scientists will lose much of their ability to predict events like hurricanes, according to a report released by the National Research Council Monday.

Scientists Try to Save Rarest Creatures in the World
January 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Scientists launched a bid on Tuesday to save some of the world's rarest and most neglected creatures from extinction. With an initial list of just 10, the programme will give last ditch conservation aid where to date there has been little or none.

Quebec Begins Five-Billion-Dollar Hydro-Electric Project
January 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Robert Melnbardis, Reuters

Quebec began construction of a C$5 billion ($4.2 billion) hydro-electric project Thursday that will add 883 megawatts of generating capacity to the provincially owned utility's power network, officials said.

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