Seafood May Be Gone by 2048, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 2, 2006   View Article

Unless humans act now, seafood may disappear by 2048, concludes the lead author of a new study that paints a grim picture for ocean and human health.

According to the study, the loss of ocean biodiversity is accelerating, and 29 percent of the seafood species humans consume have already crashed. If the long-term trend continues, in 30 years there will be little or no seafood available for sustainable harvest.

Wind Energy Boom Sweeping U.S., Industry Watchers Say

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 25, 2006   View Article

U.S. citizens are beginning to come to terms with the country’s energy needs and are finding an answer blowing in the wind, according to electric power industry experts.

“Last year, and again this year, wind is going to be the second largest source of new power generation coming online,” said Christine Real de Azua, a spokesperson for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) in Washington, D.C.

Balance Earth’s “Eco Wealth” the Same Way as Finances, Group Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 13, 2006   View Article

By October 9 humans had already used more of Earth’s resources in 2006 than the planet can renew this year, according to an accounting tool that calculates our so-called ecological footprint.

The Ecological Footprint tool measures how much land and water area a population uses to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb its waste.

Hurricanes, Politics, Blowing Florida’s Laborers Away?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 15, 2006   View Article

Florida farmers are concerned that millions of pounds of fruit and vegetables may go unpicked next harvest season because U.S. immigration politics are keeping laborers from their fields.

And if hurricanes wallop the Sunshine State like they did the past two years, the problem could become even worse.

Ethanol Not So Green After All?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 11, 2006   View Article

High gas prices, the threat of shrinking oil reserves, and global warming guilt are driving interest in ethanol, biodeisel, and other biofuels—energy sources produced from agricultural plant matter rather than fossil fuels such as oil and coal.

But can biofuels really replace petroleum products? And are they really better for the environment than fossil fuels?

NASA Aims To Open Moon for Business

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 25, 2006   View Article

For-profit space business is “critical” to any moon-mission plans, according to NASA under the Bush Administration.

But how do you make money on the moon?

According to experts, there are spaceships to build, moon metals to mine, and energy resources to harness. Not to mention movies to make, low-gravity games to create, and advertising to sell.

Mail Order Chickens: USPS Ships Live Birds by the Thousands

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 25, 2006   View Article

Some people want fresh eggs or poultry, others just want a quirky pet. Whatever the reason, just about any U.S. resident can get live young chickens in the mail.

“If you have a zip code, we can get them there,” said Murray McMurray, owner of the McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa.

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