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Rare Red Emeralds are Found Only in Beaver County, Utah
November 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Steven Oberbeck, The Salt Lake Tribune

Twenty-four million years ago, pressure deep within the earth pushed up this mountain range. When the volcanic forces subsided eons later, they left behind a small cache of red emeralds.

California Protects Farmworkers by Restricting Pesticide Methyl Bromide
November 9, 2004 12:00 AM - David Sneed, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

To better protect farmworkers, the state has imposed new rules restricting the use of the pesticide methyl bromide.

Labeling of U.S. Corn is Sought
November 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Edie Lau, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

An international review of a controversy over bioengineered genes in Mexican corn recommends that Mexico combat the biotech intrusion by requiring labeling or milling of kernels imported from countries such as the United States.

EPA Pressed to Set Mercury Limits for Cement Factories
November 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

Four years ago, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on the amount of mercury cement factories may discharge into the air.

Nearly Half of European Bird Species at Risk, Says Report
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters

More than 40 percent of all bird species in Europe face an uncertain future and some are so threatened that they may disappear soon due to intensive agriculture and climate change, scientists said on Monday.

Some Foresters Want 'Green' Certification
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press

There are tall, thick alders and gargantuan maples on John Henrikson's land that could line his pockets handsomely if he cut them for timber, but he leaves most of them standing -- cutting only the ones nearing the end of their life span. "I'm not going to touch this," he said, admiring one of the red alders on his 100 acres in this tiny town in southwestern Washington. "This is an unbelievably healthy tree."

Bush Stands by Rejection of Limits on Gases Blamed for Global Warming
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

President Bush is holding fast to his rejection of mandatory curbs on greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming, despite a fresh report from 300 scientists in the United States and seven other nations that shows Arctic temperatures are rising.

Indian Farmers Turn to Soft Drinks to Kill Pests
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Cotton farmers in some Indian villages are flocking to buy Coca-Cola and Pepsi, believing that the sugar in the fizzy drinks kills pests.

Egypt Rejects Speculation Over Nukes
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Maamoun Youssef, Associated Press

Egypt denied it has a secret nuclear weapons program in an angry response Sunday to reports that the U.N. atomic watchdog is investigating the discovery of plutonium particles near an Egyptian nuclear facility.

Thousands Flock to Japan for Radon Therapy
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Eric Talmadge, Associated Press

It has been singled out as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, right behind smoking. But to Shiro Umeda, sprightly at 74, radon is the best thing since aspirin.

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