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Climate Change Already Affecting the Global Environment, Two Reports Say
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Matt Crenson, Associated Press

Global warming has had little noticeable impact in Washington, D.C. Politicians in the nation's capital have been reluctant to set limits on the carbon dioxide pollution that is expected to warm the planet by 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit during the next century, citing uncertainty about the severity of the threat.

Mexico to Preserve Thousands of Acres of Rain Forest in Historic Land Expropriation
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Lisa J. Adams, Associated Press

Mexico and a U.S. environmental group agreed on a plan to protect 370,000 acres of tropical forest on the Yucatan Peninsula in what officials said Friday was the largest conservation project in the country's history.

EarthTalk: What is the Environmental Impact of an Oil Spill into the Sea?
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States uses approximately 250 billion gallons of petroleum products every year. With so much demand, it is not surprising that spills do occur during various stages of production, transportation and distribution. A spill's specific environmental impact depends upon the type and amount of oil, and the local conditions.

Water Striders Walk On Air, Nature's Nose Job, and Roman Beauty Secrets
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

In the year 1776, Captain James Cook left Plymouth, England, on his third and final voyage of discovery. His primary objective: to find the fabled Northwest Passage, a oceangoing route across the top of the world.

Executive Shows Great Energy in Attempt to Sell Wind-Farm Project
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Stephanie Ebbert, The Boston Globe

Back when Jim Gordon was a Boston University broadcast and filmmaking student begging for a job in television, a cable executive asked him whether he could sell.

States Hit by Hurricane See Oyster Losses
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

Oyster reefs in Alabama suffered severe damage from Hurricane Ivan's wave surge, which flushed out an estimated 80 percent of the $4 million crop, disrupting the livelihood of some 200 oystermen who work the reefs in winter.

China to See More Energy Shortages, Report Says
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

Shortages of coal and electricity are expected this winter in China, state media reported Monday.

Recycled Shipping Containers Make a Splash in Construction Scene
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Jody Snider, Daily Press

The steel cargo shipping containers routinely unloaded at ports like the Port of Hampton Roads one day could be used in the construction of homes, businesses and even office buildings.

Energy Secretary Abraham Resigns Post
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Steve Holland and Tom Doggett, Reuters

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, whose tenure has seen U.S. crude oil prices soar to a record high of nearly $56 a barrel, has resigned but will stay in office until his successor is in place, the White House said Monday.

U.S. Exhorts Nations to Protect Sharks
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

The United States on Monday proposed broad international measures to curb the slaughter of sharks in the Atlantic Ocean and encourage the study and preservation of threatened shark populations throughout the world.

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