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U.K. Queen's Green Credentials Win Eco-plaudits
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Majendie, Reuters

When Queen Elizabeth opened a conference on global warming in Berlin this week, it shone a spotlight on her own efforts to keep Britain green.

Amphibians Are Threatened Worldwide and Other Stories
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong and Suzanne Ubick, California Academy of Sciences

Frogs and their relatives are in deep trouble. According to a new study published in the journal Science, one-third of the world’s amphibians are declining due to disease, climate change, and habitat loss. Of the 5,743 known species, 1,856 are considered globally threatened in the wild. Up to 168 may be extinct.

Britons Make Seal Pup Rescue a Part-time Passion
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Mohammed Abbas, Reuters

A stocky British construction surveyor appears an unlikely savior for three plump bundles of white fur named Rush, Nettle, and Sweetpea.

Britain Hopes to Push U.S. on Climate Change, Says Adviser
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Britain hopes it can exert influence on reelected President George W. Bush and push the United States to do more to combat climate change, the British government's chief scientist said on Thursday.

Africa Must Boost Use of Water Resources to Combat Food Shortages and Poverty, Says U.N.
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press

Africa needs to step up the use of its abundant water resources to boost farm productivity and combat persistent poverty and food shortages, a United Nations official said Thursday.

Experts Call for Cleaning Up of Bhopal Plant Where Gas Leak Killed Thousands of People in 1984
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Experts on Thursday urged the removal of thousands of tons of toxic waste from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in central India, where a devastating gas leak killed 15,000 people 20 years ago.

Beijing Is Facing "State of Emergency" from Filthy Air
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's capital is in "a state of emergency" because of air pollution, and one of the biggest polluters in the city, host of the 2008 Olympics, will slash production till the end of the year, state media said on Thursday.

British Zoologist Replaces Controversial Danish Researcher as Head of State Environmental Agency
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Peter Calow, a British zoologist, was appointed the head of a Danish environmental agency on Thursday, replacing Bjoern Lomborg, a maverick Danish researcher who made his name playing down the threat of global warming.

Iraq Struggles to Keep Rebuilding Hopes Alive
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Reuters

Iraqis were promised billions of dollars in mainly American aid to rebuild their country after last year's U.S.-led invasion, but mounting violence has choked reconstruction spending to almost nothing.

Company Gets Approval to Expand Mining in Vancouver, Wash., Area
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Foster Church, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

J.L. Storedahl & Sons can go ahead with a plan to expand gravel mining on about 100 acres at its Daybreak operation near the East Fork of the Lewis River, a hearings examiner has ruled.

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