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UN study shows environmental consequences from ongoing boom in personal computer sales

...ng to Kuehr, of the UNU Zero Emissions Forum, some government policies such as taxation rules even have the opposite effect of shortening lifespan. "The tax system should assess refurbished PCs at least equal to new ones," Kuehr says. An incentive system for those trying to prolong the lifespan of their IT pro...

USGS March science picks

...r providing information about earthquakes to other government agencies and to the public, uses the Moment Magnitude scale and we call it plain old "Magnitude". So, in most cases we use a different scale for computing the intensity of an earthquake -- similar to Richter's but without the drawbacks -- hence the m...

Power plants, other industry could offer contracts to farmers in helping reduce carbon emissions

...asses. The prospects can only improve if the U.S. government enforces a greenhouse gas emission reduction plan,...stration programs. The group met with industry and government representatives to discuss the possibilities. The meeting was held at the George Bush Presidential L...

Stanford study questions identity of alleged Romanov bones

...century supposedly ended in 1998, when the Russian government declared that bones excavated from a Siberian mass grave seven years earlier indeed belonged to the Romanovs, Russia's last royal family, who were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. A new study, however, is reopening the book. A team led by Alec Kni...

Should publicly funded research be free and available to the public?

... the world. But it won't happen automatically. Our government spends more than $50 billion a year on nonclassifi...-pays model succeeds, it might even persuade other government research entities that are less well heeled than NIH to support publication - so that all fields of ...

Scientists urge caution when releasing engineered organisms into environment

...tems. The panel members call for more support from government and commercial sectors for environmental risk assessment and risk management research. On that note, the panel also calls for developing regulations based more heavily on scientific findings of risks and benefits. In the United States, GEOs are curre...

Human health, astronomy, and environmental concerns merge at Dark-Sky meeting

...ians, engineers, national park staff, astronomers, government officials, and many others will gather at the 16th Annual International Dark-Sky Association Meeting in Tucson, Ariz., March 10-13, to discuss their shared interest in the night-time environment and its affect on human activity. Dan Duriscoe, Nationa...

Science, policy forum focuses on 'mad cow' and related diseases

...irginia Tech, will feature scientific experts, top government regulators, involved policymakers, trade association representatives, industry leaders, plus other public and private stakeholders. Forum participants will discuss and compare current policies with the existing science of infectious prions, bovine s...

UCSB discovery may accelerate new treatment for global health problem

...eutical and biotechnology companies, universities, government agencies, and global health advocates to develop compounds or medicines that exhibit promise in treating developing world diseases. Its strategy is to secure intellectual property rights to innovations that might not otherwise be developed. "The ge...

UC Santa Barbara donates discovery to OneWorld Health that may speed disease treatment

...eutical and biotechnology companies, universities, government agencies, and global health advocates to develop compounds or medicines that exhibit promise in treating developing world diseases. Its strategy is to secure intellectual property rights to innovations that might not otherwise be developed. "The ge...

Congo plans to safeguard biodiversity with new protected areas

... along the southern border. "Once again, the government of Congo is leading the way in conserving the natu...y (WCS), which is an active partner with the Congo government on a number of conservation activities. "These new areas will augment the existing network--already ...

Veterinarians, wildlife experts applaud China's ban of wild bird trade

... and sale of wild birds. "We applaud the Chinese government for having the foresight to ban the trade of wild birds to help prevent the spread of disease," said Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, WCS director of Hunting and Wildlife Trade Programs. "To fully safeguard both people and wildlife, we urge that this ban be m...

GM nation? Public debate: a valuable experiment

...were sceptical about the impact it would have upon government policy The debate was insufficiently resourced in...f agreement (79%) that organisations separate from government are needed to regulate GM food. Professor Nick Pidgeon of the University of East Anglia, the Direc...

Radioactive and toxic waste site plans are a recipe for disaster, says Rutgers sociologist

NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. Federal government plans for more than 100 radioactive and toxic waste sites are fantasy and wishful thinking, says world-renowned disaster expert Lee Clarke, associate professor of sociology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In a presentation at the ann...

Digging for truth in Guatemala

...ation that functions in the absence of an official government exhumation program. Exhumations have played a critical role in providing forensic investigation teams with evidence to scientifically document massacres perpetrated by the Guatemalan military. In the past three years, the FAFG has faced increased rep...

AAAS survey: 80 percent of adults say we're hurting oceans

...nternational agreements. 47 percent would support government regulations restricting the use of the seashore. 46 percent would support local efforts to reduce business and economic development of coasts. The survey, conducted by Porter Novelli, was completed by mail in November 2003, involving 2,400 adults, a...

Seeing the forest for the trees: The future of environmental policy lies in interaction

...the endangered giant panda. In Wolong, the Chinese government has instituted three policies to preserve panda ha...nservation program as economic incentives from the government were provided on the household basis. Furthermore, much of the money received from the natural fores...

Surveillance and containment would be effective intervention against deliberate smallpox attack

...arge, intentional release of smallpox, the current government policy of post-release surveillance and containment, if quickly implemented, would be sufficient to prevent a widespread epidemic, according to a study by biostatisticians at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. Surveillance and conta...

HUPO scientists tackle human blood plasma proteome

...UPO is an international collaboration of academic, government and corporate scientists working in the field of proteomics. At this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Omenn will present an update on the Plasma Proteome Project, discuss the challenges of comparing data amon...

National ocean commissioners & scientists call for overhaul of ocean policies & management

...es are considered one by one in isolation." "Our government is not currently structured to do this," said Federal Ocean Commissioner William Ruckelshaus. "Thus, one of the first orders of business according to the Federal Commission would be to create a National Ocean Council to assist states and local gover...

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