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Umbra Pinpoints the Top Things You Should Be Doing for the Planet
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Unflagging research guru Umbra gets a lot of silly questions. We mean that in the nicest way, dear readers -- but honestly, the fate of the planet does not hinge on your decision about which solution you'll use to wash your fruit. A reader writes in to ask: Well, then, what does really matter? What are three or four things everybody should be doing? Umbra cuts to the chase on the Grist Magazine website.

U.N. Warns of Rural Flight by Tsunami Victims
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Phil Stewart, Reuters

Beyond the threat of disease and hunger, tsunami-struck southern Asia risks a rural exodus without swift emergency aid to rebuild agriculture, a U.N. official warned.

Rare Owl Attracts Gawkers in New York City's Central Park
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Derek Rose, Daily News

Forget Pale Male and Lola -- there's a new bird celebrity in town. Bird fanatics are flocking to a tree near Tavern on the Green in Central Park, hoping to catch a peek of an ultra-rare boreal owl.

Group Finds Six Lynx Kittens Born in Colorado
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

The year ended happily for state biologists with news that six more lynx kittens have been born to transplanted lynx in Colorado, bringing the total of newborns to 36 this year and 52 since a reintroduction program began in 1999.

The Next Wave
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Anne Rosenthal for California Academy of Sciences

It was an idyllic setting: a palm-fringed finger of sand on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. To one side lay the tropical waters of the Bismarck Sea; to the other, the fish-laden shallows of Sissano Lagoon. BThen, suddenly,eyond the lagoon stood a verdant, steamy tropical forest. About 15,000 people lived here in the small villages of Sissano, Warapu, Arop, and Malol, many in simple dwellings on the spit itself.

Environmental Issues Emerging from Wreckage of Asian Tsunami
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - UN Environment Programme

As the Asian earthquake and tsunami death toll is now feared to be approaching 100,000 people, emergency humanitarian assistance remains the top priority, but urgent environmental concerns that threaten human health must be addressed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said.

Pyramid Decision will Shape Food Industry
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Delroy Alexander, Chicago Tribune

About 80 percent of Americans recognize the food pyramid -- the triangular reminder to build a diet on whole grains, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, have some meat and sprinkle in a few sweets -- but only about 4 percent actually use it, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Canada Suspects Case of Mad Cow
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Sparshott, The Washington Times

Canadian officials yesterday said they may have discovered the country's second case of mad cow disease, one day after the Bush administration outlined a plan to reopen the U.S. border to imports of Canadian cattle.

Waste Processing Plan at Dade City, Florida Juice Plant Fizzles
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Chase Squires, St. Petersburg Times

For would-be environmental entrepreneur Brian "Jack" McCully, his vision of a brave new world of industrial waste processing wasn't to be.

Peru Offers U.S.-Based Metals Producer More Time to Clean Up Toxic Contamination
December 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

The Peruvian government on Wednesday published a decree that could give U.S.-based Doe Run Co. more time to clean up toxic emissions from a metallurgical plant that has contaminated La Oroya, a bleak, smoke-choked town high in the central Andes.

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