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Groups Say Government Plans Oil and Gas Lease Auction for National Forest Tracts
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Foy, Associated Press

A federal oil and gas lease auction planned for Friday will offer companies the chance to bid for drilling rights on roadless tracts in a popular national forest, conservation groups say.

Study: Return of Wolves Changes Ecosystem
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Scientists studying the broader effects of wolf reintroduction said a growing body of evidence suggests that killing off predators such as wolves and grizzly bears in the last century started a cascade of effects that threw ecosystems out of balance.

First Alcoholic Drinks Found In China and Other Stories
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Stone Age farmers in China livened their days with alcoholic beverages more than 9,000 years ago. The dregs of this drink, discovered at an ancient village site in northern China, are the oldest evidence of alcoholic brewing yet found.

Diablo Canyon, Calif., Nuclear Plant to Build Waste Storage Facility
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Nathan Welton, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

The public will gain access to three miles of coastline north of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant within the next two years, the state Coastal Commission decided Wednesday.

Martinsville, Ind., Files Lawsuit over Water-Cleanup Costs
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Josh Duke,The Indianapolis Star

City officials want to install a filter to protect the municipal water supply, which faces contamination from a chemical suspected of causing cancer.

Chesapeake Bay Researchers Growing Blue Crabs in the Lab in Hopes of Restoring the Industry
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press

More than 1,600 wriggling blue crabs, so young that their shells are still soft and see-through, are taken from gurgling tanks and dropped one at a time into coolers filled with nets. Minutes later, they are loaded onto trucks, driven to two tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and dropped into the water.

Hawks Evicted From New York City Perch
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Pyle, Associated Press

Pale Male the city hawk was evicted from his nest, and the flap has already begun.

Automakers Sue Over California's Tough Vehicle-Emissions Rules
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Automobile manufacturers sued Tuesday to block California regulators from adopting the world's toughest vehicle-emissions standards, arguing in a lawsuit that the standards are the federal government's responsibility.

Fur-Filled Show Likely to Ruffle Feathers
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters

Expect fur to fly at the newest exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Museum officials are braced for controversy over "Wild: Fashion Untamed," an exhibit of fashion's use of fur and feathers that opens this week with such graphic items as a jaguar's head purse and a hat adorned with stuffed parakeets.

Putting the Pieces Back Together
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

Scientists think that our species, Homo sapiens, emerged about 100,000 years ago somewhere in Africa. Imagine that back at the time, scientists in another galaxy had been searching the cosmos for life and discovered our solar system and Earth. So they park their spaceship above the Rift Valley in Africa and gaze at the vast expanse of lush forests, plains teeming with wildebeest, zebras, elephants and gazelles and rivers filled with hippos, crocs and flamingoes.

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