Valuable Native Koa Trees Seeing a Comeback in Hawaii
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press
Yellowed grasses cover the lower southern slopes of Mauna Kea where impenetrable koa forests once stood on the Big Island. But Hawaii's largest endemic tree, with its sickle-shaped leaves, has reclaimed some of its former territory over the last two decades.
Extinction of Frogs is Catastrophic, Scientists Say
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Carlos Andrade, Reuters
Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe.
Warm Water Temps May Be Harming Sockeye
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
As many as 200,000 sockeye salmon disappeared last year between the Ballard Locks and spawning grounds above Lake Washington. Scientists suspect rising water temperatures could be the culprit.
Wisconsin Power Plant Project Alarms Environmentalists
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliet Williams, Associated Press
Environmentalists and the state of Illinois are lining up against a proposal to construct a mammoth coal-burning power plant on the shores of Lake Michigan, warning it will pollute the air and water across the Midwest and set off a "coal rush" to build more such projects around the country.
IWC Urges Japan Not to Kill More Whales for Research
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelly Olsen, Associated Press
The International Whaling Commission urged Japan on Wednesday to drop plans to more than double the number of whales it hunts yearly for scientific research, saying the Japanese do not need to kill whales to study them.
Stem Cell Therapy Cannot Cure Our Toxic Legacy -- An ENN Commentary
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD, Sea Turtle Restoration Project
When it comes to fetal stem cell research, science fiction is inseparable from reality. In the science fiction film Gattaca, actor Ethan Hawke plays a man attempting to fake the identity of a paralyzed genetically altered superhuman he cares for in order to become an astronaut, a profession denied people of his genetic caste. New stem cell therapies that rely on fetal tissue promise miracle cure escapes. Those most likely to be able to afford these therapies will be restricted to a new wealthy disease free caste reminiscent of Gattaca.
New Rapid-Bus Transit System Draws Catcalls, Cheers in Mexico City
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
Mexico City's introduction of a trolley-like, dedicated-lane bus line has become a closely watched experiment in mass transit and a tough tests for popular Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Government Proposes Changes in Fishing Rules
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
New guidelines aimed at preventing overfishing were proposed Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
President Touts Nuclear Power, Says Plants Far More Safe Now
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle
In a hard hat and shirtsleeves, President Bush kept the pressure on Congress Wednesday to pass an energy bill, visiting a nuclear facility 45 miles from the White House and declaring, "It is time for this country to start building nuclear power plants again."
Solar Sail Craft Likely Didn't Make Orbit
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - John Antczak, Associated Press
Organizers of a bold attempt to fly the world's first solar sail spacecraft all but conceded Wednesday that their Cosmos 1 never reached orbit this week because of a failure of its Russian booster rocket, but said they were undeterred from the risky business of space exploration.