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On Second Look, Feds Give 'Threatened' Listing to Washington State Orcas

Two years after denying Endangered Species Act protection to killer whales that live much of the year near Washington's San Juan Islands, the federal fisheries agency said Thursday it plans to list the struggling population as a threatened species. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Administration to Allow Continued Use of Ozone-Depleting Pesticide

The Bush administration announced new rules Thursday to allow U.S. farmers who grow tomatoes, strawberries and other crops to continue using methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting pesticide that had been scheduled to be phased out worldwide next year. >> Read the Full Article

Big Crab Catch Sparks Overfishing Worries

San Francisco's quintessential meal is fresh Dungeness crab, a glass of chardonnay and sourdough bread. But now, local crab fishermen and connoisseurs worry that one of the city's most beloved delicacies is in trouble, a victim of too many boats pulling up too many crabs all at once. >> Read the Full Article

Army Corps Proposes $8.3 Billion for Upgrade of Rivers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thursday proposed an $8.3 billion plan to build seven new locks to ease shipping congestion and improve local ecosystems in the Mississippi River region. >> Read the Full Article

As Bush Stands Firm, States Flirt with Europe on Carbon Controls

Two sets of Americans have come here to talk global warming: the United States, opposed to controls on carbon emissions, and a bloc of united states, from Maine to Delaware, that plan to impose them. >> Read the Full Article

Sharks Can Detect Magnetic Fields and Other Stories

Sharks on migration swim arrow-straight lines across featureless ocean basins. How they navigate over such great distances has been a mystery. Now experiments by scientists at the University of Hawaii demonstrate that sharks are able to detect magnetic field changes, supporting theories that the predators can map their location by deciphering differences in Earth's magnetic field lines. >> Read the Full Article

Notes from Anna: New Books About the Wild, the Good, and the Beautiful

With the holidays approaching, I set out to find new books that would make the most captivating gifts for those who care about nature, sustainable living, and ecology. Among those that came off the press in the past few months, there were three that I found irresistible, because of their eloquence, unconventional outlook, and -- in the case of my first pick -- the beauty of the edition itself that is bound to be treasured for years to come. >> Read the Full Article

Honda to Expand Areas Where Fuel-Cell Vehicle Leased

Honda Motor Co. said Friday that next year it will expand the areas where it leases its next-generation FCX vehicle equipped with a cold-resistant fuel-cell stack, in addition to its current limited leasing service in Japan and the United States. >> Read the Full Article

DuPont Rebuts Charges it Failed to Notify Regulators about Chemical Spills

Attorneys for DuPont Co. strongly denied at a federal hearing yesterday that the company had improperly withheld information about environmental and possible health impacts of a chemical used to make Teflon. >> Read the Full Article

Chester, S.C., Chemical Company Receives Achievement Award

Omnova Solutions' Performance Chemicals facility in Chester recently received a 2004 Responsible Care Achievement Award from the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association. >> Read the Full Article