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The Word on Weird Fruits, in Ask Umbra
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A reader spotted an unusual fruit at her local market, allegedly a "golden kiwi," though larger than the kiwis she was familiar with, and fuzz-less. What, she asks Umbra, is this thing, and what nefarious corporate technological shenanigans are behind it? Umbra reassures that there are more fruits in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in her philosophy -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.

Danube Recovering from Pollution, but Faces New Threats from Growing Eastern Economies
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Susanna Loof, Associated Press

The fragile ecosystems in the Danube river have recovered from high pollution levels in the 1970s and 1980s but face new threats with the eastern expansion of the European Union, a U.N. official said.

Whale Shark Finds New Friends in Indian Fishermen
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Thomas Kutty Abraham, Reuters

A few weeks ago, the crew of an Indian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea thought they had the biggest catch of their lives.

Britain Decides to Bury Foreign Nuclear Waste
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Alfred de Montesquiou, Associated Press

Britain has agreed to bury foreign nuclear waste in the country, reversing a 30-year policy.

Nevada Officials Approve Money-for-Water Deal with Arizona to Supply Fast-Growing Las Vegas Area
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ritter, Associated Press

Nevada officials Thursday approved a $330 million water-sharing pact with Arizona designed to ensure supplies for tens of thousands of new homes planned for the booming Las Vegas metropolitan area over the next several years.

On Second Look, Feds Give 'Threatened' Listing to Washington State Orcas
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Two years after denying Endangered Species Act protection to killer whales that live much of the year near Washington's San Juan Islands, the federal fisheries agency said Thursday it plans to list the struggling population as a threatened species.

Bush Administration to Allow Continued Use of Ozone-Depleting Pesticide
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration announced new rules Thursday to allow U.S. farmers who grow tomatoes, strawberries and other crops to continue using methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting pesticide that had been scheduled to be phased out worldwide next year.

Big Crab Catch Sparks Overfishing Worries
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

San Francisco's quintessential meal is fresh Dungeness crab, a glass of chardonnay and sourdough bread. But now, local crab fishermen and connoisseurs worry that one of the city's most beloved delicacies is in trouble, a victim of too many boats pulling up too many crabs all at once.

Army Corps Proposes $8.3 Billion for Upgrade of Rivers
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Christopher Doering, Reuters

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thursday proposed an $8.3 billion plan to build seven new locks to ease shipping congestion and improve local ecosystems in the Mississippi River region.

As Bush Stands Firm, States Flirt with Europe on Carbon Controls
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

Two sets of Americans have come here to talk global warming: the United States, opposed to controls on carbon emissions, and a bloc of united states, from Maine to Delaware, that plan to impose them.

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