The Toyota Prius and Climate Change: Good Technology versus the Misuse of Science
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, The Pacific Institute
(By Peter H. Gleick) I guess it was inevitable. I am an environmental scientist. I live in Berkeley, California. I work, eat, and breathe environmental issues daily. It was therefore fated that my family would buy a Prius. And while I expected that buying it would make me feel like I was taking another personal step toward helping address the serious problem of global warming, I was not prepared for some of the other effects it would have on me.
A Highway through theAmazon Promises Riches, but Some Fear Ecological Catastrophe
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press
Burly truckers share thermoses of sweet coffee, cook rice and beans on camp stoves and lounge in the shade of Amazon jungle palms, waiting for their rigs to be towed through a half-mile stretch of waist-deep mud.
Aquarium's New Display Seeks to Inspire Conservation
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - David L. Beck, San Jose Mercury News
When it opened two decades ago, the Monterey Bay Aquarium brought ocean creatures and their habitat closer to visitors than any other aquarium ever had. Now, the aquarium is aiming to turn it's visitors into stewards of the sea.
Massachusetts Man Promotes Vegetable Oil Fuels for Autos
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Martin, Chicago Tribune
From the rear of an abandoned rubber factory, under the shadow of Mount Tom, Justin Carven says he has figured out a way for Americans to save money on gas, curb air pollution and reduce their dependence on foreign oil.
U.S. Officials Seek Comments on Bull Trout
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Rojas-Burke, The Oregonian
Bush administration officials Wednesday said they will reconsider a decision last year that removed 90 percent of the proposed critical habitat for threatened bull trout across the Columbia and Klamath river basins.
Day of Reckoning Nears for Japan on Whaling Body
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters
Japan may leave the International Whaling Commission if the organisation fails to allow limited hunting of whales for commercial purposes, officials said ahead of meetings of the group opening at the end of May.
Chesapeake Bay Grasses Recover in North
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press
The underwater grasses that are crucial to filtering polluted Chesapeake Bay waters are recovering in the upper portion of the estuary, while other vast tracts continue to struggle, scientists reported Thursday.
Senate Advances Energy Bill, Including Federal Authority Over LNG Sites
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
Governors, mayors and local officials would have little chance to block construction of a liquefied natural gas facility under an energy bill that advanced Thursday from a Senate committee.
How Do Our Gardens Grow? Researchers Find a Clue
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Ronald Kotulak, Chicago Tribune
How do flowers know to bend toward the sun, plant shoots to grow up, roots to grow down and strawberry seeds to grow red, luscious fruit? Figuring out the exact chemical and genetic steps that command plant cells to grow or divide in response to light or gravity has been one of the longest-standing puzzles of biology.
Water Quality in Rivers, Lakes Worsening, EU Report Finds
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
The quality of water in Europe's rivers and lakes used for swimming and water sports has worsened over the past year, with one in 10 not up to standards, the European Union head office said Thursday.