Sci/tech

Energy-Efficient Phone Adapter Scoops EPA Design Award
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - GreenBiz.com

A San Jose circuit maker has been named Grand Champion in the category of Efficiency Challenge 2004, an international design competition for power supply efficiency.

Biologists Fret as Mexico Butterfly Numbers Dive
March 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

A plunge in the number of monarch butterflies migrating from the United States and Canada to Mexican winter colonies has experts worried logging and pesticides are endangering the fragile insects.

Unusual Life Forms Found at New Hydrothermal Vents in Atlantic
March 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A strange world of see-through shrimp, crabs and other life forms teems around a newly explored field of thermal vents near the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, scientists report.

Mystery Squid Helps Prove Ocean Research
March 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Kaczor, Associated Press

It took only a minute for scientists to discover a new deep-sea species with an experimental infrared camera built in Southern California and light-emitting artificial lure.

Researcher Downplays Ozone Hole Risk
March 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Tommy Grandell, Associated Press

The reported risk of a hole in the ozone layer appearing over the Arctic this winter has been overstated, a Swedish researcher said Wednesday.

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.

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