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Brazil Moves to Protect Virgin Amazon Rainforest
November 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Kevin G. Hall, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

Brazil's president this week signed decrees creating more than 7,400 square miles of land preserves in remote eastern Amazon regions where long-term residents are under attack by violent land speculators and their gangs.

Ford's New, 'Earth-Friendly' Plant Wins Grudging Notice from Environmentalists
November 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Hammonds, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Can a producer of gas-burning, pollutant-emitting vehicles and people concerned about the environment ever learn to like each other? Probably not, but even ardent environmentalists are giving Ford Motor Co. high marks for its newest plant — even if they don't much care for what it makes.

Rare Okapi Calf Doing Well at Missouri Zoo
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Salter, Associated Press

A rare okapi -- something of a cross between a giraffe and a zebra -- born at the St. Louis Zoo this summer is doing well despite a shaky relationship with its mother, zoo officials said Wednesday.

DOE Keeps Mum on Preferred Option for Uranium Tailings Piled Near Moab, Utah
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Patty Henetz, The Salt Lake Tribune

The long-awaited draft environmental impact study of what to do with 12 million tons of radioactive uranium ore tailings piled next to the Colorado River near Moab contains a mystery: What does the Department of Energy believe is the best solution?

Louisiana Reports First Cases of Soybean Rust
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press

The first U.S. cases of the fungus soybean rust, which hinders plant growth and drastically cuts crop production, were found at two research sites in Louisiana, officials said Wednesday.

Indonesia in Tough Spot in Newmont Mining Case, Says VP
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Critics are applying a double standard to Indonesia over its pursuit of an environmental case involving the world's largest gold miner, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Thursday.

Group Says Forest Service Fails to Monitor Grazing
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Perea, Associated Press

An environmental group accused the U.S. Forest Service of failing to adequately monitor livestock grazing allotments in New Mexico and Arizona and allowing overgrazing.

U.S. Dismisses Report That Says Biotech Corn Should Be Better Regulated to Protect Mexican Countryside
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

Mexico is trying to limit the importation of genetically modified corn from the United States after a NAFTA watchdog group recommended better regulation of the crop, something U.S. officials have said is unnecessary.

Abraham Sees Congress Backing Alaskan Oil Drilling
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Wednesday he was optimistic the new Congress would vote next year to allow oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge.

Massachusetts Governor Boosts Wind-Farm Opposition
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Stephanie Ebbert, The Boston Globe

Two days after a federal agency released an initial favorable review of a proposal for an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, Governor Mitt Romney stepped up his opposition to the plan in a visit with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

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