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Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 2:53 PM
OUT OF TUNA: The EU has reached an agreement to cut tuna fishing by 30 percent over the next two years in an attempt to curb overfishing of the increasingly endangered species.
WHERE'S THE REEF? Two Florida coral reefs suffered major damage from boats in the last month — one of which was likely by a tug boat's cable line and has been described as unprecedented by some experts.
BEE MINUS: The worldwide vanishing-honey-bee crisis is spreading to England, threatening not only prized English honey but also the country's stock of fruits such as apples and pears.
POZNAN: At next week's U.N. global climate summit in Poland, India and China will prod rich nations to shoulder the brunt of the cost for combating global warming, but will resist any attempts to curb their own CO2 emissions. U.S. envoy head Sen. John Kerry warns that the economic crisis will hinder America's generosity.
WINTER OF DISCONTENT: The state-run newspaper China Daily reports that that country's 23rd consecutive warm winter, and the resulting droughts, will pose a major threat to crop yields.
A MIGHTY WIND: A University of Maryland study predicts that a massive, unrealistic wind farm could theoretically change weather patterns, although the number of turbines required for that to happen isn't likely.
MADE IN THE SHADE: University of Arizona researchers are developing a space sunshade to reduce sunlight reaching Earth by 2 percent in hopes of balancing out the effects of global warming.
ENLIGHTNING: Discovery News reports that pollution causes more midweek lightning strikes, mainly Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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