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Christmas Complaints Miss the Point
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

It started over a month ago -- even before Halloween. The television commercials, the flyers in the mail, the decorations in the mall. Christmas is now a two-month event -- one long blowout sale.

Japanese Aid to Smaller Nations Coincides with Whaling Votes
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Hugh Dellios, Chicago Tribune

The only whales seen in Nicaragua are the ones that wash up occasionally on the Pacific beaches. The country has no whaling fleet, no tradition of whaling and certainly no market for whale blubber.

Justice Department to Fight Hanford Initiative in Court
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Shannon Dininny, Associated Press

The government plans to ask a judge to overturn a Washington state initiative that bars the Energy Department from sending radioactive waste from other states to the Hanford nuclear site until waste already there is cleaned up.

Builders Turn More Toward Environmentally-Friendly Products as Costs Fall
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Will Shanley, The Denver Post

Construction companies, Bob Vila-types and architecture firms for years shied away from environmentally friendly products, citing high costs as a deterrent.

Environmentalists See Trouble for Air, Wildlife in Bush's Second Term
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Environmentalists see some of their worst fears playing out as President Bush moves to cement a second-term agenda that includes getting more timber, oil and gas from public lands and relying on the market rather than regulation to curb pollution.

South Asia Stares at Looming Water Crisis
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Sugita Katyal, Reuters

It's been 10 years since farmer Bhairu Singh saw water in the well on his rocky patch of land in western India.

Seattle Nonprofit Offers Solo Drivers Payment to Ditch Cars
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Karen Gaudette, The Seattle Times

Cranky after creeping through the Kirkland Crawl? Morose over the Mercer Mess? Burning to take a bus to Bellevue rather than brave the 520 bridge another day?

Chemicals Approved to Battle Soybean Rust in Virginia
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Greg Edwards, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va.

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Virginia emergency exemptions to use six agricultural chemicals in the battle against soybean rust.

Group Concerned about Legislation's Wording, its Affect on Energy Facilities
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Incantalupo, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

A public advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader is warning that language quietly added by Washington lawmakers last month to appropriations legislation endangers state and local influence on the siting of energy facilities within their borders, such as the $700-million floating natural gas terminal proposed for eastern Long Island Sound.

Bush Administration Proposes Cuts in Federally Designated Areas to Save Salmon from Extinction
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The Bush administration has proposed large cuts in federally designated areas in the Northwest and California meant to aid the recovery of threatened or endangered salmon. Protection would focus instead on rivers where the fish now thrive.

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