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Homing Pigeons Sense Magnetic Fields, and Other Stories
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Homing pigeons can read the Earth's magnetic field, an ability that may help them find their way back to the roost. The findings, by Cordula Mora and colleagues at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, bolster the idea that the birds can map their locations by sensing subtle variations in the planet's magnetic fields, much the way people read map coordinates.

Notes from Anna: Waiting for the Aurora
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

What do you do with short days and long evenings, once winter begins in the North? Now that December is here, I decided to search across America for new ways to discover beauty under scarce winter light.

Urine Trouble: On Cat-Pee Stains and Dry Cleaning
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Your (once-)beloved feline has urinated on your comforter, which is marked -- gasp! -- "dry clean only." All good enviros know that dry cleaning is a toxic affair, but then, all be-nosed persons know that cat pee isn't a smell one can simply live with. Today in Grist: Getting the cat-pee smell out of your washables.

Plant Suspends Fertilizer Operations Near Las Cruces, N.M.
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - T.S. HopkinS, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

Recurring concerns by Mesquite residents over possible ground water contamination and unhealthy air from a nearby chemical company have drawn a suspension order from the New Mexico Environment Department, according to a letter the department sent to State Rep. Joseph Cervantes.

Pennsylvania Denies Company's Request to Resume Washington County Mining
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Citing the threat of immediate environmental harm, the state Environmental Hearing Board has denied a mining company's request to resume longwall mining under a tributary of Maple Creek in Washington County.

Wind, Solar Power Would Boost New Jersey Economy, Study Says
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Kevin G. DeMarrais, The Record, Hackensack, N.J.

A proposed renewable energy program would cost New Jersey homeowners as little as $5 a year and provide economic and health benefits to the state, a Rutgers University study has found.

Future Uncertain for Rare Hawaiian Bird
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Jaymes Song, Associated Press

One of Earth's rarest birds might have gone into extinction following the death of one of the last known po'ouli.

Decades of Illegal Logging Blamed for High Death Toll in Philippine Storm
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Wednesday ordered the military and police to crack down on illegal logging, after flash floods and landslides triggered by rampant deforestation killed nearly 340 people this week.

U.S. Virgin Island Fishermen Voice Concerns about Proposed Ban on Fishing of Several Species
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Local fishermen met with federal regulators Tuesday night to discuss their concerns about proposed bans on the fishing of several popular species.

Christmas Complaints Miss the Point
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

It started over a month ago -- even before Halloween. The television commercials, the flyers in the mail, the decorations in the mall. Christmas is now a two-month event -- one long blowout sale.

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