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Blair Seeks New Global Climate Pact with Bush, Newspaper Says
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is trying to involve the United States in an new international treaty on global warming, The Times newspaper said on Thursday.

Study Reveals Strange-voiced Whale At Large in the Ocean
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

A lone whale, with a voice unlike any other, has been wandering the Pacific for the past 12 years, American marine biologists said Wednesday.

Umbra on the Greenest Christmas Tree Choice
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

'Tis the season for the perennial debate: Which is more eco-friendly, fake trees or real? Umbra, chock-full of Christmas spirit, goes on a sleigh ride of research and comes up with a clear and unambiguous answer. Unwrap it in Ask Umbra -- on the Grist Magazine website.

Amazon Burning Makes Brazil a Leading Polluter
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Axel Bugge, Reuters

Burning of the Amazon and other forests accounts for three quarters of Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions and has made the country one of the world's leading polluters, a long-delayed government report showed Wednesday.

Nobel Winner Urges Tree Plantings; Peace Row Brews
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Kenya's Wangari Maathai urged a fight against deforestation on Wednesday on her arrival in Oslo to collect the Nobel Peace Prize amid controversy about whether the award has lost its way by embracing environmentalism.

Pygmy Chimpanzee May Be Near Extinction
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

One of man's closest relatives, the pygmy chimpanzee, may be much closer to extinction than previously thought, a conservation group said Thursday.

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.

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