Sci/tech

Scientists Say Removing All Radioactive Waste from Defense Sites Impractical
March 2, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A significant amount of radioactive waste from Cold War bomb-making should remain at former production sites, and several locations should be kept open longer than planned to treat waste from elsewhere, scientists recommended Tuesday.

Island-Building Covers Coral Reefs, Alters Gulf Environment
February 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

Stroll on Dubai's shore and dead coral crunches underfoot. The normally crystal-clear Gulf is fogged with silt. Eroding beaches need truckloads of sand to stay in place.

Bush, Schroeder Say Cooperation Possible on the Environment
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Melissa Eddy, Associated Press

President George W. Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said they discussed ways Wednesday to protect the Earth's climate, stressing that differences over an accord to combat global warming should not prevent cooperation.

Study Proposes Plastic Bag Ban in Kenya to Manage Growing Waste Problem
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press

Kenya should ban flimsy plastic bags and slap a hefty tax on the use of thicker ones to rid the East African nation of a growing environmental and health menace, according to a report released Wednesday.

Climate Science Keeps on Ticking -- An ENN Commentary
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

If you didn't know what the Kyoto Protocol was all about a few weeks ago, you'd be hard pressed not to know now. The international agreement to reduce the heat trapping emissions that are causing global warming has been all over the news since it came into force last week.

Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Recer, Associated Press

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.

Global Warming Could Worsen US Pollution, Report Says
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Global warming could stifle cleansing summer winds across parts of the northern United States over the next 50 years and worsen air pollution, U.S. researchers said Saturday.

Scientific Influence Wanes, Research Funding Weakened in Bush Administration, Experts Say
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Recer, Associated Press

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.

Columbus, Ohio-Based Plastics Firm Finds New Use for Corn
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Porter, The Columbus Dispatch

A year ago, Plastic Suppliers, which makes the film used in food labels and envelope windows, faced the same problem that dogs most American manufacturers: intense foreign competition.

Low-cost Technology for Environment-Friendly Plastic Developed
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Osaka Gas Co. said Friday it and an ally have developed a low-cost manufacturing technology for a new environmentally friendly but highly heat-resistant plastic that can be recycled with a special type of bacteria.

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