Sci/tech

Singapore To Open First Desalination Plant in Bid for Water Self-Sufficiency
September 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

For decades, Singapore has relied on Malaysia to supply a huge portion of a vital resource: water. But the two neighbors sometimes disagree, and resource-scarce Singapore wants to be less reliant. Aiming for self-sufficiency in water, Singapore says its first desalination plant -- billed as one of the biggest in the world -- will meet at least 10 percent of the nation's water needs.

Scientists Study How to Clean Salty Water
September 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists from Sandia National Laboratories have started a study to investigate how to best clean salty water to make drinking water. Working with the Bureau of Reclamation and other groups they are hoping to find new ways to improve the water situation in the West.

Katrina Fuels Global Warming Storm
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Hurricane Katrina has spurred debate about global warming worldwide with some environmentalists sniping at President George W. Bush for pulling out of the main U.N. plan for braking climate change.

Bats May Have Been Source of SARS, Study Finds
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Bats found in Hong Kong carry a virus very similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS virus and might be able to spread it, Chinese researchers reported Friday.

Louisiana Scientists Expect Major Environmental Damage
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Biologists expect to find major destruction when they take their first close-up look at Hurricane Katrina's impact on wildlife habitats and Louisiana's vital fishing industry, the state's top conservation official said Thursday.

Climate Change Raises Risk of Hunger, Scientists Say
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

About 50 million more people, most of them in Africa, could be at risk of hunger by 2050 due to climate change and reduced crop yields, scientists predicted on Monday. Roughly 500 million people worldwide already face hunger but rising levels of greenhouse gases could make the problem worse.

Florida Conducting Coral Reef Study
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press

Hovering above a coral reef, two divers in wet suits examine and measure the dozens of coral beneath them, recording their findings on clipboards and waterproof paper. The pair is conducting a new, state-funded study to analyze the health of the coral reef off Florida's coast that scientists hope will change the way reefs are cared for worldwide.

Endangered Plants Focus of New Study
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press

Species conservation doesn't just apply to faraway rain forests or endangered whales. A network of botanical institutions is launching an unprecendented study of endangered native U.S. plants to determine their potential for recovery -- and in hopes of preventing their disappearance.

Experts See Alaska as U.S. Front against Bird Flu
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Bird experts working in some of the most remote areas of Alaska have begun checking migrating birds for avian influenza to see if they are spreading the feared virus out of Asia.

Ozone Layer Has Stopped Shrinking, U.S. Study Finds
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The ozone layer has stopped shrinking but it will take decades to start recovering, U.S. scientists reported Tuesday. They said an international agreement to limit production of ozone-depleting chemicals has apparently worked, but the damage to ozone has not been halted completely.

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