3.) Sony quietly takes the lead on renewable polymer use - From the Walkman portable audio player to the Aibo robotic dog, the Sony Corp. group's main electronic goods now use corn-based plastic for many of the parts. Conventional vegetable-based plastics were once rarely applied to durable consumer goods, such as electronic devices, because of their "hard but fragile" physical properties. But breakthroughs in plastic molding techniques have broadened their use to a wider range of products in recent years.
4.) A fun double entendre from the new World Bank President -- New Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) World Bank on Saturday said it may not be possible for it to fund India's civilian nuclear power plants due to the risks and environment concerns. "Nuclear power plants brings its own environmental issues. I don't think we can take it up," World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz said when asked whether the bank would fund nuclear power plants in the light of US willingness to cooperate with India on civilian nuclear energy.
5.) Everyone loves -- August 23, 2005: News Tribune, Tacoma, When the sun starts lingering longer each April, biologists working for the Port of Seattle carefully install hundreds of feet of shade cloth on a wooden superstructure straddling Miller Creek near Sea-Tac Airport. In October, as the days grow shorter and the skies get grayer, they remove the protective cloth ... Without the shade cloth, the water in Miller Creek -- which in August gurgles downhill at barely more than bathtub volumes -- would become overheated. The native bream and sticklebacks, cutthroat trout and coho could die. If they died, the project, its 900 workers and hundreds of pieces of machinery could come to an abrupt halt.
6.) 2 hybrid buses to debut Monday in Charlotte, N.C., August 23, 2005, Charlotte Observer, Aug. -Two new hybrid electric buses will start operations in Charlotte on Monday, promising to cut their fuel consumption and dramatically reduce emissions. Instead of the usual 3.5 miles a gallon of diesel, the buses will get about 7 miles to the gallon. Particulates, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions will drop 90 percent.
It's easy to keep a positive outlook when the stuff on the cutting room floor makes you feel good about the future. Even the research findings about the role of stop and go traffic on wheezing are good news as they will underscore the need to implement diesel paticulate emission control retrofits.