Science News Archive - December 22, 2005
By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - A Japanese whaling fleet and Greenpeace environmental activists are involved in a stand-off in the remote Southern Ocean near the coast of Antarctica with the two sides accusing each other of ramming their vessels.
China's southern Guangdong province scrambled to protect its water supplies on Thursday as a toxic waste spill from a zinc smelter flowed along a major river toward several sprawling cities, state media reported.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The views of local citizens and companies -- as opposed to those of national groups and other individuals -- should weigh more heavily when lawmakers evaluate the environmental effects of major federal actions, a U.S. House Resources Committee task force said on Wednesday.
By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians would be smart to keep their mouths shut and clothes on this holiday season. Christmas comes at the height of summer Down Under and summer brings flies -- billions of them.
A Japanese whaling fleet and Greenpeace environmental activists are involved in a stand-off in the remote Southern Ocean near the coast of Antarctica with the two sides accusing each other of ramming their vessels.
Abdul Malik usually sleeps late. With no job and a solitary goat his only asset, there is not much else to do in the Aceh town of Leupung where he lives in a wooden shelter for victims of the December 26 tsunami.
The stakes are so high in South Korea's stem-cell scandal that all the facts should be laid out before judgment is passed, but even now experts say the case could taint the country's image in high-tech research.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A chemical spill that poisoned drinking water for millions of Chinese has reached a major city in Russia's far east, a news agency said on Thursday, but the concentration of pollutants was no longer considered dangerous.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's government and parliamentary allies have agreed to set a new environmental airline ticket tax at between 96-430 crowns ($12-$54), depending on the class of travel, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday.
Palaeontologists from the University of Bonn report on an intriguing diagnosis in the 16 December issue of the journal Science. A dinosaur which they have examined was apparently able to vary the speed of its growth according the conditions obtaining in its environment.