Sci/tech

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.

Auto Companies Look for Faster Way to Turn Green Thinking into More Sales, Better Clout
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Matt Moore, Associated Press

The global auto industry is experiencing a green revolution, convinced that lower emissions and hybrid engines could turn eco-minded drivers into a long-term customers.

Cambodian Leader Warns That Development Poses Threat to Great Lake
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Cambodia's prime minister warned Monday that increasing population and over-exploitation of fisheries and wildlife pose a dire threat to his country's Tonle Sap, or "Great Lake," the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

Older, Wiser but Ghana Is Less Green at 50
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Orla Ryan, Reuters

The first country in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence, Ghana turns 50 this month. While it may be older and wiser, it is also decidedly less green. Originally forests covered 36 percent of Ghana's territory but by 2000 this had shrunk to just 10 percent, according to a 2004 report by the country's Environmental Protection Agency.

Rare Iranian Cheetahs Get Tracking Collars
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Scientists said Thursday they have for the first time collared a pair of Iran's rare cheetahs with tracking systems which they hope will provide invaluable insights into the movements and range of the highly endangered animals.

European Lighting Industry Agrees to Push Energy-Saving Bulbs
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

The world's three largest light bulb makers said Thursday they will push European consumers to switch to energy-saving bulbs in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions that are believed to contribute to global warming.

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