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High Gas Prices Hurt Some, but SUVs Remain Popular Among Car Buyers
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Mark Glover, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

It has not been the best of times for sport-utility vehicles.

Once-Cozy Company Town Divided on Plan to Sell Water to Nestle
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Brian Melley, Associated Press

It's fitting that the snowcapped crown of Mount Shasta looms over this old lumber town like spring water promotion -- two major bottling plants are located at its base and a third is on the way.

Oil Leaks from Ocean Floor Near Brazilian Offshore Well
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Oil seeped from an underwater leak near an offshore well off Brazil's southeastern coast, causing an oil slick up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) long, environmental officials said Wednesday.

China Denies Planning Commercial Sales of Genetically Modified Rice
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Joe McDonald, Associated Press

The Chinese government said Thursday it is testing the safety of genetically modified rice but denied claims by environmentalists that it is preparing to allow commercial sales.

Newmont Positive on Indonesia Despite Legal Case
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Jerry Norton, Reuters

Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM.N) is positive about its Indonesia operations despite allegations of pollution that could bring legal charges against executives and a company unit, a Newmont vice president said on Thursday.

Feds Fine Two Biotech Companies for Seed Gaffes
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

Federal regulators recently fined two biotech companies more than $5,600 for improperly handling genetically modified crops, but said they aren't investigating the University of California, Davis for its role in unknowingly shipping engineered tomato seeds to researchers around the world.

Reawakened Mount St. Helens is Washington State's New Top Polluter
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Washington state's top polluter isn't a pulp mill, a power plant or refinery. It's the newly awakened Mount St. Helens.

Carbon to Blame for Pollution Heart Damage, Study Says
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Air pollution clearly causes immediate damage to the heart, including heart attacks, but its short-term effects on asthma and other respiratory symptoms are harder to document, U.S. researchers said Wednesday.

Southern Chinese Province Must Curb Car Use to Reduce Pollution in Hong Kong, Environmental Chief Says
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities must control the growing number of cars in China's southern province of Guangdong to reduce air pollution in neighboring Hong Kong, the territory's environmental secretary said Thursday.

Brazil Amazon Deforestation Jumps, Data Shows
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Axel Bugge, Reuters

An area of Amazon jungle larger than the U.S. state of New Jersey has been destroyed this year and work on a new highway is mainly to blame, environmental group Friends of the Earth and the government said Wednesday.

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