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"FDA To Ban Sale of Raw Oysters From Gulf of Mexico"

"Federal officials plan to ban sales of raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico unless the shellfish are treated to destroy potentially deadly bacteria -- a requirement that opponents say could deprive diners of a delicacy cherished for generations."

Source: AP, 10/28/2009

"Obama's China Visit Unlikely To Produce Climate Deal"

"President Obama's envoy for climate change has dashed hopes of a bilateral climate-change deal during next month's presidential trip to China. Todd Stern says a wide gap remains between Chinese and U.S. officials. China and the U.S. account for 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions."

Source: NPR, 10/28/2009

"White House Steps Up Climate Efforts"

"The Obama administration and some Senate Democrats expressed fresh urgency on Tuesday about the need to address climate change and refashion the nation's energy economy."

Source: NYTimes, 10/28/2009

Feds Begin To Quantify Hidden Climate Change Costs

As debate over climate legislation rages, reporters will encounter many confusing and seemingly contradictory statements about the costs of changing US energy practices. You may help your audience with an understanding of how incomplete the cost figures cited by companies and politicians often are.

"Bat Scientists Receive Grants to Investigate White-Nose Syndrome"

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced six grant awards totaling $800,000 to fund research into the cause and control of white-nose syndrome, a wildlife health crisis that has now killed more than a million bats in the Northeast and remains unchecked."

Source: ENS, 10/27/2009

"100 World Lawmakers Agree to Take Climate Action Now"

"COPENHAGEN -- Legislators from 16 of the world's major economies and most major political parties have agreed on key guiding principles to enact climate change legislation in their home countries that will drive the move to a global low carbon economy. Meeting this weekend, the lawmakers agreed to act right now in their own legislative bodies, even before the key UN climate deal in Copenhagen, now just six weeks away."

Source: ENS, 10/27/2009