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No One Can Say If Warming Caused Katrina, Rita
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Scientists say it's not easy to tell if global warming caused hurricanes Katrina and Rita but Monday they forecast more unpredictable weather as Earth gets hotter.

Early Snowmelts Heating Alaska Arctic, Study Suggests
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Spring snowmelt in Alaska's Arctic is occurring progressively earlier, accelerating the region's climate change and helping produce its warmest summers in at least 400 years, according to a new study.

Scientists Say Trying To Modify Hurricane Behavior Is Futile Because Storms Are Too Strong
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

Atmospheric scientists say it's wishful thinking that we could destroy or even influence something as huge and powerful as a hurricane. They abandoned such a quest years ago after more than two decades of inconclusive government-sponsored research.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Partners with Los Angeles Unified School District in Fall Teacher Workshop Series
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District in sponsoring a series of teacher training workshops this fall, including sessions on electricity, water science, ecology and general environmental subjects

China Releases Endangered Sturgeons Implanted with Microchips in Migration Study
September 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

More than 1,000 endangered Chinese sturgeons implanted with micro chips have been released into the Yangtze River as part of a project to study their migration habits, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

U.N. Says Ozone Layer Should Keep Healing
September 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Uta Harnischfeger, Associated Press

The hole in the ozone layer this year will probably be slightly smaller than the all-time largest of 2003, in line with the general trend of a gradual healing of the ozone layer's depletion, a U.N. agency said Friday.

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.

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