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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.

Martinsville, Ind., Files Lawsuit over Water-Cleanup Costs
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Josh Duke,The Indianapolis Star

City officials want to install a filter to protect the municipal water supply, which faces contamination from a chemical suspected of causing cancer.

Chesapeake Bay Researchers Growing Blue Crabs in the Lab in Hopes of Restoring the Industry
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press

More than 1,600 wriggling blue crabs, so young that their shells are still soft and see-through, are taken from gurgling tanks and dropped one at a time into coolers filled with nets. Minutes later, they are loaded onto trucks, driven to two tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and dropped into the water.

Hawks Evicted From New York City Perch
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Pyle, Associated Press

Pale Male the city hawk was evicted from his nest, and the flap has already begun.

Automakers Sue Over California's Tough Vehicle-Emissions Rules
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Automobile manufacturers sued Tuesday to block California regulators from adopting the world's toughest vehicle-emissions standards, arguing in a lawsuit that the standards are the federal government's responsibility.

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