Sci/tech

Scientists Say Warming Threatening Florida
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - David Rose, Associated Press

Florida's governor cautiously entered the debate Wednesday over whether rising global temperatures are to blame for an increase in the number of strong hurricanes, meeting with two researchers who say global warming is threatening Florida with a long-term future of more bad storms.

Scientists Say Arctic Once Was Tropical
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Scientists have found what might have been the ideal ancient vacation hotspot with a 74-degree Fahrenheit average temperature, alligator ancestors and palm trees. It's smack in the middle of the Arctic.

Chronology: Recent Pacific Rim Earthquakes
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An earthquake that devastated a wide area around Indonesia's ancient royal city of Yogyakarta on Saturday is now known to have killed more than 5,100 people. Following is a list of some earthquakes which have hit the Pacific Rim region in recent years.

Subtropic Warming Could Mean Bigger Deserts, Study Shows
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Earth's atmosphere is warming faster over the subtropics than anywhere else, which could mean bigger deserts and more drought from Africa to Australia to the Middle East, researchers said Thursday.

UConn Scientists Probe Sea Squirt Invasion
May 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A blob-like creature is invading Long Island Sound and posing a threat to its lobsters and other shellfish, University of Connecticut scientists say.

Australian Study Says Global Warming Speeding Up
May 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Global warming could be happening faster than scientists had previously thought and weather extremes such as heatwaves could become common, an Australian government report said on Tuesday.

Sand Can Be Polluted Even with Clean Water
May 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Beach sand can be teeming with bacteria even when the ocean water is clean, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Earth-Solar Cycle Spurs Greenhouse Gases, Studies Show
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Greenhouse gases are known to spur global warming, but scientists said Monday that global warming in turn spurs greenhouse gas emissions -- which means Earth could get hotter faster than climate modcorresponding drop in greenhouse gas emissions, the scientists reported.

Report Says Ozone Hole May Disappear by 2050
May 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The ozone hole over the Antarctic is likely to begin contracting in the future and may disappear by 2050 because of a reduction in the release of chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting gases, according to a team of Japanese scientists.

Scientists Back Plug-In Hybrids
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

A group of scientists urged Congress on Wednesday to fund research for plug-in hybrid vehicles, touting the technology as another way to reduce the nation's dependence on oil through the help of a simple electrical socket.

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