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Fine Particle Pollution is Cutting European Life Expectancy, Says U.N.
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

The burning of fossil fuels and wood is cutting life expectancy in some parts of Europe by up to two years, despite a significant reduction in other pollutants, the United Nations said Monday.

Entering `Kyoto' Years, Warming World Wonders what Lies Beyond
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

The ice is melting and the heat is on for international delegates assembling in Buenos Aires next week to find new ways to confront global warming under the 194-nation treaty on climate change.

Lao Premier Urges ASEAN to Invest in Dam Project
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Laos' prime minister on Monday urged Southeast Asian countries to invest in his country's hydroelectric industry, as it struggles to start work on a massive dam aimed at easing poverty but slammed by critics as an ecological disaster.

International Forum to Take up Acid-Pollution Problem
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Joseph, Centre Daily Times

Penn State scientists and ClearWater Conservancy will convene an international conference of acid-pollution experts to offer their knowledge to state officials facing decisions on the pyrite cleanup at an Interstate 99 construction site at Skytop.

Brazil Indians Grapple with White Man's Advance
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Angus McSwan, Reuters

When Indian leader Pirakuman of the Yawalapiti tribe thinks of the agricultural boom that has so delighted Brazilian exporters and politicians, he sees only a threat to his people.

Sperm Whale Found Dead in Contaminated Waters off Puerto Rico
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A sperm whale beached itself on a coral reef and died in contaminated waters in Puerto Rico on Sunday, officials said.

Groups to Appeal Mining Expansion Near Pennsylvania Park
November 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Len Barcousky, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Environmental organizations opposed to mining near McConnell's Mill State Park plan to appeal a state decision to allow expansion of the mining.

Newport News, Va., 'Ghost Fleet' Casts Shadow over Ship-Breaking Business
November 28, 2004 12:00 AM - David Lerman, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.

On an industrial stretch of the Tees River, just across the water from a nuclear power station and chemical plants, four of Virginia's "ghost ships" sit tied to a dock, awaiting disposal.

Uncertainty Lingers On Over Shell's Oil Reserves
November 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Daily Mail, London

Shell jangled investors nerves by warning it will need two more months before its reserves controversy is settled — and before its historic move to unify its structure is put to shareholders. The 2005 annual meeting, due in April, is being put back to June 28.

25 Seattle-Area Communities Seek Feedback on Plan to Improve Salmon Habitat
November 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Sonia Krishnan, The Seattle Times

The endangered chinook, mighty "king fish," which can grow to 40 pounds, tell a story of development that has steamrolled vital habitats and barricaded fish passages with road crossings and dams.

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