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BP and Shell Enjoy High Oil Prices by Earning $100 Million Daily Profit
October 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Brian O'Connor, Daily Mail, London
BP and Shell are set to report stunning profits of $9 billion (5 billion pounds) between them for the three months to September $100 million a day as they cash in on the soaring oil price.
Typhoon Kills 62 in Japan, Deadliest in 20 Years
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Masayuki Kitano, Reuters
Japan's deadliest typhoon in more than two decades killed at least 62 people, media said on Thursday, as rescuers searched frantically for 27 still missing in floods and landslides.
Local Initiatives Target Genetic Engineering in a Grassroots Battle over Biotech Farming
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Robert Mullins, Newsdesk.org
When voters in the Northern California county of Mendocino passed an initiative this spring banning the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, there were celebrations 3,000 miles away in Vermont.
U.S. Consumers Get Cold Feet as Energy Costs Soar
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrea Hopkins, Reuters
The surging cost of fuel oil and gasoline have set the stage for a cold, expensive winter in the United States and sparked concerns that consumers will cut spending, a move economists worry will hamper growth.
Lawsuit Accuses Feds of Mismanaging Conservation Program
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press
The National Wildlife Federation has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that duck, pheasant, and other ground-nesting bird populations are being harmed by mismanagement of a government program that pays farmers to set aside croplands.
Tentative Alaska Land Swap Raises Drilling Fears
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters
U.S. officials announced a tentative land swap this week that they say would enlarge an Alaska wildlife refuge but that critics charge would open up the area to oil and gas development.
South Africa Weighs Killing Off Excess Elephants
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Gershwin Wanneburg, Reuters
South Africa is weighing the option of killing off its excess elephants, 10 years after the practice known as culling was banned amid pressure from animal rights activists.
Hispanics Are More Exposed to Environmental Health Risks, Says Report
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrea Almond, Associated Press
Hispanics are exposed to more environmental health threats on average than the rest of the population, according to a report released this week by an environmental group.
Consumption of Resources Is Outstripping Planet's Ability to Cope, Says WWF
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Jonathan Fowler, Associated Press
People are plundering the world's resources at a pace that outstrips the planet's capacity to sustain life, the environmental group WWF said Thursday.
Hope Gone, Indian Farmers See Suicide as a Way Out
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Terry Friel, Reuters
Even when Putta Shankara was lucky enough to find back-breaking casual work as a farm laborer, his debt to the local moneylender rose four times more than his earnings.