Remains of New Species of Hobbit-sized Human Is Found
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters
Scientists in Australia have found a new species of hobbit-sized humans who lived about 18,000 years ago on an Indonesian island in a discovery that adds another piece to the complex puzzle of human evolution.
Carnivores Grew Too Big for Their Britches and Other Stories
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen Wong, California Academy of Sciences
The world's biggest carnivores paid for their size with their lives. A new study demonstrates that conflicting natural forces keeps the magnitude of meat eaters within a distinct range.
Russian Environmentalists Call on Hungary to Scrap Plans to Send Spent Nuclear Fuel to Russia
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Russian environmental groups called on the Hungarian government Wednesday to scrap plans to export spent nuclear fuel to Russia for reprocessing.
Carolinas Try to Recycle More Oyster Shells for Shellfish Habitats
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Brock Vergakis, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Carolinas are seeking sites to expand oyster shell recycling programs in Brunswick County, N.C., and Horry County to provide more habitat for a shellfish population that's slowly starting to rebound after decades of decline.
Westinghouse's Environmental Manager Urges Removal of Tainted Missouri Soil
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Rowden, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Officials with Westinghouse Electric Co. are recommending the removal of about 1,100 cubic yards of soil contaminated with uranium from the grounds of the company's shuttered nuclear fuel plant in Hematite.
HP Asks Palo Alto, Calif., to Delay Request on Axing Tree at Historic Site
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - S.L. Wykes, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.
The five-story-tall coastal live oak that's confounding Hewlett-Packard's restoration plans for Silicon Valley's most famous garage may not get the ax after all. At least, not yet.
Conservationists Sue Over North Pacific Right Whales
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press
Conservationists sued a federal agency this week for allegedly failing to protect North Pacific right whales, who were hunted nearly to extinction more than a century ago and remain among the world's most endangered animals.
China Strapped by Energy Shortages as Winter Nears
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters
China's booming economy is driving demand for coal, oil, power, and transport that far outstrips national supplies, potentially leaving millions nationwide in the cold, the China Daily said on Tuesday.
EarthTalk: What Is the Status of Australia's Koalas?
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Seven million to 10 million koalas inhabited Australia at the time of white settlement two centuries ago. Today only about 100,000 remain. Native to the eucalyptus forests of Australia's eastern seaboard, koalas were hunted extensively by the continent's first European settlers, who shipped as many as 2 million of the highly prized pelts abroad each year.
Canada's Environmental Record Is Bad, Says Official Report
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters
The Canadian government is not doing enough to protect the environment because of a lack of leadership and political will, a senior official said in a scathing report released Tuesday.