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Roundup 12/4: Tipping the Scales

NOAA Fisheries today finalized a 5-month ban on Red Snapper in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic, effective 2 January. The ban is intended to reduce overfishing while a fishery management plan is developed. The Recreational Fishing Alliance filed a lawsuit, citing "improper use of data."  

The U.K. House of Lords on Monday will debate the U.K.'s flu pandemic preparations, following its Science and Technology Committee report "Pandemic Influenza: Follow Up" (live webcast). 

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratories have successfully tested the long-troubled

double-x-ray DARHT diagnostic machine.

Twenty-five scientists have written an open letter to congress on Climategate: "The content of the stolen emails has no impact whatsoever on our overall understanding that human activity is driving dangerous levels of global warming."

While Russia and the United States have failed to reach an agreement on a follow-on to the 1991 START nuclear weapons reduction treaty, which expires tomorrow, both sides are confident of a new agreement. So is the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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