Red fire ants facing killer virus

October 24, 2007

Imported red fire ants have plagued farmers, ranchers and others for decades. Now the reviled pests are facing a bug of their own.

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NYC Pledges to plan 1 Million New Trees by 2017

October 24, 2007

One million new trees will join the urban landscape of New York City by the year 2017 to reduce air pollution, cool temperatures and help improve the city’s long term sustainability,

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37 MILLION ACRES protected from development!

October 24, 2007

CELEBRATE! Private land owners protected 37 million acres from development last year — a 54% jump from 2000 — with the help of The Nature Conservancy, the Land Trust Alliance, and state/local groups. This is a HUGE victory for open space advocates.

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Will LED Lightbulbs Outshine CFLs?

October 24, 2007

The Department of Energy says lighting uses 22% of the nation’s electricity. Mass LED lightbulb use could halve that demand. One such light produces 25 watts of light, but only consumes 5.8. Another only uses 11 watts and produces 40 watts of light.

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“Synthetic chlorophyll” powers new, cheaper Solar Cells

October 24, 2007

1/10 as cheap as normal ones. The synthetic dyes are made from simple organic compounds closely related to those found in nature. The green dye Dr Campbell (pictured) is synthetic chlorophyll derived from the light-harvesting pigment plants use for photosynthesis. Also being tested: hemoglobin based dye.

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NASA’s Top Official Questions Global Warming

October 24, 2007

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Questions Need to Combat Warming

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Richard Branson offers £10m prize to stop global warming!

October 24, 2007

Richard Branson is offering 10 million pounds (20 million US dollars) for the best way of removing thousands of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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New Low-Cost Solar Cells Invented by Korean Researchers

October 24, 2007

Existing solar cells that use silicon semiconductors cost around $2.30 to generate one watt of electricity, whereas this solution costs just ten cents per watt.

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Snowflakes as Big as Frisbees?

October 24, 2007

Since at least the 19th century, people have periodically claimed to see giant snowflakes falling from the sky — big ones the size of saucers and plates or even larger… Now, theorists, weather historians and field observers are concluding that most of the reports are true and that unusually large snowflakes fall regularly around the globe.

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U.S. bird population cut in half in last 40 years

October 24, 2007

Twenty common birds — including the northern bobwhite, the field sparrow and the boreal chickadee — have lost more than half their populations in the past 40 years, according to the Audobon’s society’s research. “The focus isn’t really on what’s happening to these 20 birds, but what’s happening to their environment,” said Greg Butcher, the societ

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