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NWF: Disclosure Of Deforestation Grows

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) — More U.S. companies agreed to disclose what effects their products had on forests as consumer awareness of deforestation grows, an environmental group said. “More and more, consumers want to know that the products they buy at the store are not doing harm to the planet,” Barbara Bramble, international policy adviser […]

Electric Cars In China Bigger Polluters

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 13 (UPI) — Electric cars in China are having an impact on pollution more harmful to health than gasoline vehicles, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, analyzed the emissions and environmental health impacts of five vehicle technologies in 34 major Chinese cities. While electric cars have been seen […]

Study: Mandating Ethanol Wrong Solution

EAST LANSING, Mich., Feb. 13 (UPI) — While many Americans are willing to pay a premium for ethanol fuel, it doesn’t justify a government mandate for the fuel, a U.S economist argues. Soren Anderson at Michigan State University studied the U.S. demand for ethanol — called E85 — and found when ethanol prices rose 10 […]

Valentine’s Flowers Inspected For Pests

MIAMI, Feb. 11 (UPI) — Before they woo or wow sweethearts, hundreds of millions of cut flowers get a critical look over from U.S. specialists looking for pests and disease. With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a busy time of year for the 2,300 U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists nationwide who pore over flowers coming […]

NASA May Cut Planet Exploration Missions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) — NASA budget cuts could threaten the U.S. space agency’s efforts to explore Mars and other planets using robot missions, U.S. scientists say. Scott Hubbard, the former leader of the National Atmospheric and Space Administration’s Mars team, said reduced funding could set back planetary exploration considerably by delaying development of new […]

Endangered Butterfly Making A Comeback

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) — An endangered species of butterfly has been showing signs of a comeback in the Dunes Habitat Preserve at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. A recently completed study of the small El Segundo Blue Butterfly estimated the population between 120,610 and 125,920, which represents an 8 percent increase from […]

Microsoft Takes Next Step Toward Windows 8

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 9 (UPI) — Microsoft has announced it will preview the consumer edition of Windows 8 in Spain as another step in preparing to release the new operating system. A “consumer preview” is the name Microsoft has given the beta version of the operating system it will exhibit at the Mobile World Congress […]

Fish Thought Extinct Caught In Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Feb. 9 (UPI) — A Tennessee fisherman says he was stunned when a blue walleye, declared extinct in the Great Lakes where it once thrived, was caught in a local lake. Overfishing through the 1950s wiped out the blue walleye species in its Great Lakes habitat and the last blue walleye caught in Lake […]

Zebra Stripes Seen As Bug Defense

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Feb. 9 (UPI) — A zebra’s black and white stripes, puzzling biologists for centuries, may have been an evolutionary defense against biting insects, Hungarian researchers say. Adam Egri at Eotvos University in Budapest said he and international colleagues confirmed a theory first proposed in 1930 and backed up in 1981 when it was […]

Kodak Exiting The Digital-Camera World

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 10 (UPI) — U.S. company Eastman Kodak, which recently filed for bankruptcy, says it will no longer produce digital cameras, which it invented in 1975. Kodak said it would also stop producing pocket-sized video cameras and digital photo frames, the Chicago Tribune reported. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last […]

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