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(ENS) World News December 18, 2008

2008 Among 10 Warmest Years on Record, UN Reports
GENEVA, Switzerland, December 18, 2008 (ENS) – The year 2008 is likely to rank as the tenth warmest year on record since the beginning of the instrumental climate records in 1850, although the global average temperature was slightly lower than previous years of the 21st century, according to the United Nations meteorological agency.

Brazil Declares Whale Sanctuary Along Entire Coast
BRASILIA, Brazil, December 18, 2008 (ENS) – Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva today signed a federal decree establishing the Brazilian Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary, reinforcing protection for all cetacean species in Brazilian jurisdictional waters. Brazilian waters stretch along the nation’s 8,000 kilometer (5,000 mile) long shoreline on the east and northeast coast of South America.

Smart Lighting Will Save Trillions of Dollars, Gigatons of CO2
TROY, New York, December 18, 2008 (ENS) – A new generation of lighting devices based on light-emitting diodes, LEDs, will supplant the common light bulb in coming years, according to a paper published this week by two professors at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Innovations in photonics and solid state lighting will lead to trillions of dollars in cost savings, and a massive reduction in the amount of energy required to light homes and businesses around the globe.

December 18, 2008
Commerce Secretary Rules for California Beach, Against Toll Road

National Report Advises Cumulative Risk Assessment of Phthalates

Florida Governor Celebrates Everglades Land Purchase Vote

Environment Ohio Warns State Economy Vulnerable to Climate Change

Pennsylvania Debuts Thermostat Recycling to Lower Mercury Risk

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