Energy Policy Act Will Boost Biofuels Industry: Biotechnology Industry Organization
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
The Energy Policy Act cleared today by Congress for President Bush's signature will improve domestic energy security by setting goals for production of renewable fuels made from U.S. agricultural resources, according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
Jellyfish Gone With the Wind in California
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Jablon, Associated Press
They came, they stung, they left. Tens of thousands of purplish-black jellyfish that invaded Orange County beaches for the past week mostly disappeared by Thursday along with a red tide of microscopic plankton on which they may have been feeding.
New Super Magnet Weighs More than 15 Tons
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - David Royse, Associated Press
This definitely ain't no refrigerator magnet. The new super magnet at The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory weighs more than 15 tons and has a magnetic field 420,000 times that of the Earth's -- strong enough to pull a metal object out of a person's hand and send it flying -- if people were allowed to get close enough.
Bird Swarms Invade Farmlands in Nigeria
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Large swarms of birds have invaded parts of northern Nigeria, destroying grain farms and threatening harvests in a region bordering famine-stricken Niger, officials and farmers have said.
Fish Study Shows Decline in Tuna, 'Game' Fish
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Tuna, swordfish and other species favored by fishing fleets gather in "hotspots" across the world's oceans -- but these are in serious decline, according to a survey published Thursday.
Growing Call among Californians to Sack Plastic Grocery Bags
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Deb Kollars, The Sacramento Bee
In Los Angeles, in San Francisco, and in Sacramento, one of the most commonplace innovations to come along for consumers -- the plastic grocery bag -- is under attack. What would our world be like without these wisps of handiness? How would we get our groceries home? Or our homegrown tomatoes into the office? Or dog droppings off a stranger's lawn?
As EPA Deadline Looms, Farmers Struggle with Air Monitoring Program
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press
Hog farmer Bill Kessler hopes a voluntary federal program for monitoring livestock emissions will keep his 500-sow operation out of court for a few years. For $200, Kessler has essentially bought four years of amnesty from air-pollution penalties while the federal Environmental Protection Agency determines appropriate air quality standards for farm operations.
U.S. Initiative on Climate Met with Cautious Praise, Skepticism in Asia, Europe
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press
A U.S.-led plan to develop clean energy technologies met with surprise in Asia and concern among critics that it may be a ploy to undo the Kyoto pact, the binding accord on controlling global warming that Washington refuses to sign.
U.S. Beaches Getting Dirtier, Report Finds
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
More and more U.S. beaches are being closed due to contamination, in part because there is more pollution and in part because of better monitoring, the National Resources Defense Council said Thursday.
U.S. House Approves $26 Billion Environmental Bill
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Cowan, Reuters
The House Thursday passed a $26 billion bill that funds programs for the environment and federal parks, but sets significant cuts to clean water programs.