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North Korea Raises Stakes in Nuclear Standoff, Demands Reactors for Dismantling Nuclear Program
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Edith Lederer, Associated Press

North Korea's deputy foreign minister insisted that his country be given light-water nuclear reactors at the same time that it dismantles its nuclear program to demonstrate "good faith," raising the stakes in the nuclear standoff with the United States.

Indonesia To Ban Poultry Farms in Capital
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Indonesia will re-arrange zoning for the poultry industry, banning farms and slaughterhouses in the teeming capital in a bid to stop the spread of the bird flu virus that has killed four people, an official said on Thursday.

Rita Brings Houston's Big Refining Industry To Standstill
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - David Koenig, Associated Press

Drivers, homeowners, airlines and businesses will end up paying higher fuel bills if Hurricane Rita magnifies the damage last month's Hurricane Katrina inflicted on the oil-refining industry.

EU Sees No Major Post-Kyoto Climate Deal at Talks
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The European Union does not expect a binding agreement to emerge from major talks designed to find a way of replacing the Kyoto climate change accord, the EU's environment commissioner said Thursday.

St. Petersburg Effluent Plant Opened by Russian, Swedish, Finnish Leaders
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Irina Titova, Associated Press

Russian, Swedish and Finnish leaders inaugurated a wastewater treatment plant in St. Petersburg on Thursday in the latest effort to cut back on pollutants flowing into the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea.

Beijing Officials to Use Remote Sensing Technology to help Clean Air for 2008 Olympics
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Officials with the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (BEPB) will be using advanced Remote Sensing technology to target polluting vehicles and help clean the air as Beijing prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2008.

Scientists Say Trying To Modify Hurricane Behavior Is Futile Because Storms Are Too Strong
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

Atmospheric scientists say it's wishful thinking that we could destroy or even influence something as huge and powerful as a hurricane. They abandoned such a quest years ago after more than two decades of inconclusive government-sponsored research.

Report Says Global Warming Could Spark Conflict
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Rising world temperatures could cause a significant increase in disease across Asia and Pacific Island nations, leading to conflict and leaving hundreds of millions of people displaced, a new report said on Thursday.

Getting Apollo off the Ground -- A Guest Commentary
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven J. Moss, San Francisco Community Power

Energy and labor are intimately related. After all, energy is by and large a replacement for labor — most energy-using devices save time. Washing machines replaced stone-slapping methods of clothes cleaning; cars substitute for slower modes of manual transport.

Pollution Turns China Village into Cancer Cluster
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Liu, Reuters

The residents of Huangmenying village are poor, even by Chinese standards, but more and more are opting to splash out for bottled water rather than drink from local wells. Well water, they say, gives you cancer.

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