Sci/tech

2005 Could Be Warmest Year Recorded, Says NASA
February 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A weak El Nino and human-made greenhouse gases could make 2005 the warmest year since records started being kept in the late 1800s, NASA scientists said this week.

California Considers Ban on Pet Cloning
February 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A California lawmaker said Wednesday he would introduce a bill this week to ban sales of cloned pets, a move that could end a California company's plans to replicate beloved domestic animals.

Experts Try to Predict What the Next Tsunami Will Do
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

WASHINGTON — Philip Liu of Cornell University in New York and several of his colleagues rushed to Sri Lanka after the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami. Liu's team had developed a computer model to predict how a quake might generate a tsunami and wanted to test it.

Researchers Work on Red Tide Sensor
February 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers at the University of South Florida have been working on a biological sensor that would test waters off Florida for red tide, hoping to eventually track the harmful algae blooms.

Toyota Unveils Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Hybrid Bus Before Expo
January 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled on Monday a next-generation hydrogen-powered fuel cell hybrid-electric bus which will carry visitors during the 2005 Aichi World Exposition, which opens March 25.

Canada Split over Restrictions on Car Emissions
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The two Canadian ministers negotiating with car makers over cuts in emissions are split on what to do, with one favoring binding restrictions and the other saying he wants the talks to continue.

Environmentalists Sue Feds To Stop Mining Companies from Dumping Mountain Tops into Valleys
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Roger Alford, Associated Press

Environmentalists have sued the federal government in an attempt to stop coal mining companies from lopping off the tops of mountains and dumping the rocks and dirt into valleys.

Yale Study Suggests Chemical Might Cause Hearing Loss in Whales
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A toxic chemical used to prevent barnacles from clinging to ship hulls may cause deafness in marine mammals and could lead whales to beach themselves, Yale researchers say.

ConocoPhillips Agrees to Clean-Air Settlement
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the largest petroleum refiner in the United States, agreed Thursday to spend $525 million to reduce harmful, smog-forming emissions at nine refineries, including two in Texas, and to pay a $4.5 million fine to settle federal charges that it violated air pollution laws.

Group Promotes Green Building
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - J. Philip Bloomer, The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

Build green, they say.

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