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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.

Sharks Can Detect Magnetic Fields and Other Stories
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Sharks on migration swim arrow-straight lines across featureless ocean basins. How they navigate over such great distances has been a mystery. Now experiments by scientists at the University of Hawaii demonstrate that sharks are able to detect magnetic field changes, supporting theories that the predators can map their location by deciphering differences in Earth's magnetic field lines.

Notes from Anna: New Books About the Wild, the Good, and the Beautiful
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

With the holidays approaching, I set out to find new books that would make the most captivating gifts for those who care about nature, sustainable living, and ecology. Among those that came off the press in the past few months, there were three that I found irresistible, because of their eloquence, unconventional outlook, and -- in the case of my first pick -- the beauty of the edition itself that is bound to be treasured for years to come.

Honda to Expand Areas Where Fuel-Cell Vehicle Leased
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Honda Motor Co. said Friday that next year it will expand the areas where it leases its next-generation FCX vehicle equipped with a cold-resistant fuel-cell stack, in addition to its current limited leasing service in Japan and the United States.

DuPont Rebuts Charges it Failed to Notify Regulators about Chemical Spills
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Avril, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Attorneys for DuPont Co. strongly denied at a federal hearing yesterday that the company had improperly withheld information about environmental and possible health impacts of a chemical used to make Teflon.

Chester, S.C., Chemical Company Receives Achievement Award
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - The Herald, Rock Hill, S.C.

Omnova Solutions' Performance Chemicals facility in Chester recently received a 2004 Responsible Care Achievement Award from the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.

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