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Uncertainty Lingers On Over Shell's Oil Reserves
November 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Daily Mail, London

Shell jangled investors nerves by warning it will need two more months before its reserves controversy is settled — and before its historic move to unify its structure is put to shareholders. The 2005 annual meeting, due in April, is being put back to June 28.

25 Seattle-Area Communities Seek Feedback on Plan to Improve Salmon Habitat
November 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Sonia Krishnan, The Seattle Times

The endangered chinook, mighty "king fish," which can grow to 40 pounds, tell a story of development that has steamrolled vital habitats and barricaded fish passages with road crossings and dams.

Texas Returns to Passion of the Longhorn
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Faced with extinction 75 years ago, the Texas Longhorn is not only thriving again but fetching prices in the tens of thousands of dollars from fans of the iconic cattle breed of the Wild West.

Output Still Halted at Terra Nova Oil Project
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

here is no indication yet when Terra Nova, Canada's second-largest offshore oil project, will resume pumping as regulators investigate the cause of a spill, Petro-Canada said Tuesday.

EU Determined to Build Nuke Site in France
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Lisa Jucca, Reuters

EU ministers agreed on Friday to continue seeking Japan's backing to build the world's first thermonuclear reactor in France but could go ahead without Tokyo if there was no deal by the end of the year, EU officials said.

WTO Lets EU, Others Hit US with Trade Sanctions
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Friday gave the go-ahead to the European Union, Japan and others to hit the United States with some $150 million in trade sanctions in a row over an illegal anti-dumping law, officials said.

Skin Trade Threatens World's Few Surviving Tigers
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The world's tiger population has plummeted by 95 percent from the start of the 20th century to as few as 5,000 now and is further threatened by the lucrative trade in their skins, officials told a forum on Friday.

Arctic People Seek Tropical Team on Global Warming
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Arctic peoples aim to team up with tropical islanders in a campaign against global warming, arguing that polar bears and palm-fringed beaches stand to suffer most.

Dead Cicadas Help the Soil, Study Reveals
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Eileen Putman, Associated Press

Even in death, the 17-year cicadas made their mark. Their decaying carcasses gave a super-size boost in nutrients to forest soil and stimulated seed and nitrogen production in a plant important to the forest ecosystem, researchers reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

Earliest Human-Ape Ancestor Found and Other Stories
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

The earliest common ancestor of modern humans and apes found to date has been unearthed in Spain. At 13 million years old, Pierolapithecus catalunicus appeared just after lesser apes such as gibbons went down a separate evolutionary path from orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.

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