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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.

Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Lettuce, Organic Milk
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The government has found traces of a rocket fuel chemical in organic milk in Maryland, green leaf lettuce grown in Arizona and bottled spring water from Texas and California.

Japan Firms, Banks Create Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Fund for Kyoto Protocol
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Two governmental banks and 31 private companies founded a $141.5 million fund Wednesday to help achieve Japan's mandatory target for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol.

Bush Plan Casts Off Protection for Large Areas of Northwest Salmon Habitat
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Joe Rojas-Burke, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

The Bush administration on Tuesday proposed a steep reduction in the miles of rivers and streams to come under federal protection for Pacific salmon, and offered exemptions for property owners and broad areas of the Northwest and California.

Four Green Firms Win New Ventures Competition in Mexico
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM -

A company that sells Mexico's first organic chicken, another that restores previously unusable land for aquaculture, a third that helps replenish water supplies, and a fourth that uses sustainable technology in the production of tortillas have been announced as winners of the World Resource Institute's (WRI) New Ventures Investor Forum in Mexico.

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