Research Lab Probes Life Under the Sea
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Living for days on end 63 feet beneath the waves is a near-ideal situation for researchers studying undersea life, biologist James Lindholm says. Yet sometimes the best-laid experiments can go awry.
Oyster Isn't Endangered, Fishermen Tell Congress
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Andy Sullivan, Reuters
The Eastern Oyster may be in trouble in the Chesapeake Bay, but any move to protect it as an endangered species could devastate thriving oyster fisheries from Maine to Louisiana, fishermen told Congress Tuesday.
EarthNews Radio: Environmental Bottom Line
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN
Saving energy can reduce costs and help the bottom line, and we know that it also can benefit the environment. But there is another benefit to greening your business: investment dollars.
Scientists Speed Coral Growth
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Sam Kean, St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis sits hundreds of miles from the nearest natural coral, and it's on the other side of the world from the most famous coral reef. Yet the key to saving this crucial oceanic organism just might have sprung from the muddy banks of the Mississippi.
Clinton Warns of Global Warming Dangers
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Former President Clinton sounded a warning Tuesday against the dangers of climate change as he met with young South Africans, and had lunch with anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Repeat Storms Compounding Florida's Beach Erosion Problems
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Kaczor, Associated Press
The Gulf of Mexico's blue-green water and frothy white waves are only about 50 yards from what remains of the boardwalk behind Dr. Edward Planz's beach house on the Florida Panhandle. That's nearly 35 yards closer than a year ago.
Wal-Mart Experiments with Environmentally Friendly Store in Texas
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Quinn, Associated Press
Wal-Mart is experimenting with its first environmentally friendly store as it searches for ways to conserve resources and save money. The world's largest retailer was scheduled to open a 206,000-square-foot building Wednesday that will include features such as a 120-foot tall wind turbine that will produce about 5 percent of the store's energy and a rainwater harvesting pond designed to provide 95 percent of the water needed for irrigation.
California Firms Adapt to New Electronic-Waste Recycling Rules
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Karl Schoenberger, San Jose Mercury News
California's pioneering electronic-waste recycling law was as confusing for the big recycling operators as it was for collectors and consumers when it went into force at the beginning of the year. But after struggling with vague regulations and burdensome red tape during the first six months of operation, recyclers say the system is starting to work.
New Futures Market Gambles on Hurricanes
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Denise Kalette, Associated Press
A trio of University of Miami professors are betting on a new way to predict where a hurricane will hit, an unorthodox approach they believe could help people living along the storm's path decide whether to evacuate.
Ford Shedding Electric Trucks
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Thuy-Doan Le, Sacramento Bee
Drivers who formerly leased an electric-powered Ford Ranger truck will have a chance to purchase one for $6,000 in a lottery system this fall, Ford Motor Co. said. The plan is in response to public protests that Ford was discontinuing the program and sending the trucks to the scrap heap after the lease.