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Scientists Say More Than 15,000 Species Facing Extinction
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters

More than 15,000 species, from sharks to frogs to fir trees, are facing extinction and the total is rising faster than ever before, conservationists and scientists said on Wednesday. Despite efforts to slow or reverse the slide into oblivion of many species, one in three amphibians and almost half of all freshwater turtles are threatened, the IUCN World Conservation Union said at the unveiling of its 2004 species "Red List."

Melting Glaciers Said to Be Threatening Everest
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Melting glaciers caused by climate change pose an urgent threat to Mount Everest's unique environment, activists said Wednesday, launching a campaign to protect the Himalayan mountain range and the world's highest peak.

Honda to Lease 2 Fuel-Cell Vehicles to State of New York
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

American Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday it has signed a contract with the state of New York for leasing two hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles for two years.

Denver-based Luca Seeks to Capture Natural Gas from Wyoming Coal Deposits
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Steve Raabe, The Denver Post

Gas-producing bacteria munching on Wyoming coal may be a key solution to the nation's energy future, a Denver company claimed Tuesday.

Wiscasset, Maine, Project Seeks to Produce Fuel Cells for Electricity
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Tux Turkel, Portland Press Herald, Maine

The Chewonki Foundation has started construction on a $240,000 demonstration project designed to use renewable energy to generate hydrogen and power fuel cells for electricity production.

Solar Homes Win City Council Approval in Gilroy, Calif.
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Serdar Tumgoren, The Dispatch, Gilroy, Calif.

A project to construct Gilroy's first solar-powered homes received final approval from city council Monday night.

Rogue Valley of Oregon tops Organic Food Manufacturer's Expansion Wish List
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Greg Stiles, Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.

It appears the Rogue Valley has won the tug-of-war for the expansion of Amy's Kitchen, a rapidly growing Santa Rosa, Calif., organic food manufacturer with $200 million in sales.

Unsustainable Fishing Can Kill Land Mammals
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

In spite of recent scares about BSE and avian flu, those of us living in developed countries have it pretty easy when it comes to meat. Most of us never have to think about where it comes from or how it gets into those sparkling clean shrink-wrapped packages in the store coolers.

Scientists Tie High Ozone Levels to Early Death
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle

After reviewing more than a decade of air quality reports and medical records, a team of scientists says it has linked ozone to premature death.

Timber Industry Expects No Change in Northern Spotted Owl Status on Endangered List
November 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The timber industry group that sued to have the threatened species status of the northern spotted owl reviewed does not expect the bird to be dropped from federal protection, but hopes new information will allow more logging in national forests.

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