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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.

US Military Taps Bugs and Weeds in War on Terror
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Caroline Drees, Reuters

Don't squash that bug! Cockroaches, beetles, spiders and worms may be the U.S. government's next line of defense in the war on terror.

Global Warming Fight To Get Harder from 2012, Says U.N.
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Fighting global warming will get tougher once the Kyoto protocol ends in 2012 and the world must try to get Washington involved in the long term, the head of the U.N. Environment Programme said on Wednesday.

Aborigines Hope Camel Exports Will End Poverty
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Kylie Stott, Reuters

A group of Aborigines shelter from the blazing outback sun beneath a large desert oak, sipping strong bush tea and hungrily eyeing the camel meat burgers sizzling on the camp grill.

World Conservation Union Says Bangkok Talks Boost Nature Protection Efforts
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press

Scientists and officials strengthened efforts to forestall the extinction of thousands of species and protect the world's habitats in talks in Bangkok, but governments need to work harder to promote conservation, an international environment agency said Thursday.

Automakers May Feel Pressure by CalPERS to Improve Emissions
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Alexa H. Bluth, The Sacramento Bee

California State Controller Steve Westly and CalPERS board member Sean Harrigan want the state's pension fund to lean on automakers to comply with ground-breaking new standards adopted by the state Air Resources Board to help curb global warming.

Ontario Plans Renewable Energy for 100,000 Homes
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Ontario plans 10 new energy projects that could supply power to 100,000 homes from renewable sources like wind, hydro and landfill biogas, the provincial government said Wednesday.

Maryland Governor's List of Surplus Property Alarms Environmentalists, Legislators
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press

Gov. Robert Ehrlich wants to sell off land, buildings and other surplus state property in a plan that has alarmed environmentalists and led to a feud with Maryland's biggest and most influential newspaper, The (Baltimore) Sun.

Flame Retardant PBDE Found in Lake Michigan, Adding to Concerns
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Concentrations of a flame retardant banned by many European countries have been found in Lake Michigan and are increasing, adding to concerns over previous findings that the chemicals were showing up in supermarket foods and women's breast milk.

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