U.N. General Assembly Urges Temporary Ban on High Seas Bottom Trawling
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Nick Wadhams, Associated Press
The U.N. General Assembly urged nations Wednesday to consider temporary bans on high seas bottom trawling, disappointing scientists and some countries seeking an immediate halt to the destructive fishing practice.
Group Accuses Administration of Changing Drilling Rule
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press
The Sierra Club alleges in a lawsuit that the Bush administration changed a rule so oil and gas producers could more easily drill under national parks from outside their boundaries.
Russia Formally Notifies U.N. of Kyoto Acceptance
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
Russia formally notified the United Nations on Thursday of its acceptance of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, starting a three-month countdown for the long-debated 1997 pact to come into force.
Indonesia's Birds of Paradise Dying Out, Scientist Says
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Karishm Vyas, Reuters
Rampant illegal logging in Indonesia and the demands of a rapidly expanding population and economy in Indonesia are killing many of Asia's most exotic and rare birds, conservationists said on Thursday.
Brazil Trains Environmental Police to Guard Amazon
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters
The latest recruits to Brazil's losing battle to slow Amazon destruction began training Wednesday at a new environmental police academy deep in the world's largest jungle.
Melting Glaciers Threaten World Water Supply
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters
Mountain glaciers, which act as the world's water towers, are shrinking at ever faster rates, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people and the future of countless species, a scientist said on Thursday.
Scientists Warn of Undetected, Unmeasured Toxins in World's Fish
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Mort Rosenblum, Associated Press
Each day at 4 p.m., the trawlers come back, alive with giant bass, mackerel and squirming eels, at the end of a food chain that links family dinner tables to poisons in the sea.
Overfishing Drives African Bushmeat Appetite and Other Stories
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences
In years when fish catches are low, people in the West African state of Ghana turn to bushmeat to fill their stomachs. The new study, by Justin Brashears of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues, is based on 30 years of data collected on the trade in wildlife meat and marine fish catches.
DuPont Study Finds High C8 Levels in Blood of Parkesburg, W.Va., Residents
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.
A DuPont Co. study found high levels of the toxic chemical C8 in the blood of residents near its Parkersburg plant, according to documents provided to federal regulators.
Judge Rules Against Elmore, Ohio, Workers in Toxic Beryllium Dust Case
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - James Drew, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
In a victory for Brush Wellman, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday that up to 7,000 contract workers who may have been exposed to unsafe levels of toxic beryllium dust at the company's plant near Elmore cannot file a class-action lawsuit against the firm.