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The Week Ahead: Dec. 13 - Dec. 17, 2004

Environmental Conferences and Events, Dec. 13 - Dec. 17, 2004. >> Read the Full Article

Whistleblower's Account Fuels Neighbors' Fears at Polluted Nevada Mine

Peggy Pauly remembers when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer four years ago. >> Read the Full Article

Worst Oil Spill in Five Years off South China Coast

Two container ships collided and spilled some 450 tonnes of fuel oil off China's southern coast, the country's worst oil spill in five years, a maritime official said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Blair Seeks New Global Climate Pact with Bush, Newspaper Says

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is trying to involve the United States in an new international treaty on global warming, The Times newspaper said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Study Reveals Strange-voiced Whale At Large in the Ocean

A lone whale, with a voice unlike any other, has been wandering the Pacific for the past 12 years, American marine biologists said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra on the Greenest Christmas Tree Choice

'Tis the season for the perennial debate: Which is more eco-friendly, fake trees or real? Umbra, chock-full of Christmas spirit, goes on a sleigh ride of research and comes up with a clear and unambiguous answer. Unwrap it in Ask Umbra -- on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Amazon Burning Makes Brazil a Leading Polluter

Burning of the Amazon and other forests accounts for three quarters of Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions and has made the country one of the world's leading polluters, a long-delayed government report showed Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Nobel Winner Urges Tree Plantings; Peace Row Brews

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. >> Read the Full Article

Pygmy Chimpanzee May Be Near Extinction

One of man's closest relatives, the pygmy chimpanzee, may be much closer to extinction than previously thought, a conservation group said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Say Government Plans Oil and Gas Lease Auction for National Forest Tracts

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. >> Read the Full Article