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California Energy Regulators Require More Efficient Appliances
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

California regulators are forcing manufacturers of household electronics such as TVs, DVD players and cell phone chargers to make their products more energy efficient under new rules that could spark a nationwide trend toward wattage-thrifty small appliances.

China in Olympic-Size Stink over Dumped Dead Pets
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Residents of Beijing are worried that the careless disposal of dead pets is hurting their campaign for a "green" Olympic Games to be held in the capital in 2008, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

New Tram Line in Geneva is Part of Global Rebirth of Light-Rail Networks
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

The old-fashioned streetcar, which had nearly clanged into oblivion by the end of the 20th century, has been making a sleek comeback with new lines opening from Sydney to Paris, Buenos Aires to Houston.

Rincon Indian Tribe Donates San Diego-Area Casino Land for Endangered Toad
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - James May, Indian Country Today

It is not often that stories that involve the construction of a tribal casino and involvement by the federal and county governments actually have a happy and easy ending, but that was the case recently near the Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.

NASA Spacecraft Tracks Global Air Pollution
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

A NASA spacecraft has begun the first-ever daily tracking of how air pollution moves across the globe, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wednesday.

Scientist Uses Whey to Protect Food
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Michelle Locke, Associated Press

Oxygen, water, seeping oils -- they're all out to get your food, turning sweet nuts sour and tasty confections rancid. Food scientist John Krochta is fighting back with an unlikely weapon, edible food coatings derived from whey, the dairy byproduct favored by protein-conscious athletes and Miss Muffet.

Off-Road Vehicle Advocacy Group Wins a Battle for Access to Utah Public Lands
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Joe Baird, The Salt Lake Tribune

An off-road vehicle advocacy group has won one and lost one in an ongoing battle to maintain motorized access on Utah public lands.

Rampaging Elephants a Headache in South Africa
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Gershwin Wanneburg, Reuters

There are no easy answers when it comes to keeping the world's largest land mammal in check.

Report Cites Trace Chemicals in Massachusetts Drinking Water
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe

Drinking water tests in almost 100 Massachusetts communities found at least trace amounts of contaminants that had long escaped detection because they are unregulated, according to a new report by the advocacy group Clean Water Action.

Scientist Group Calls for Tighter Oversight of 'Biopharming' Genetic Crops
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Rachel Melcer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Companies and researchers engaged in biopharming — genetically modifying crops to produce drugs and industrial chemicals — need to take a step back if the process is to safely move forward, according to a report released Wednesday.

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