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Conservationists Claim Japan Has Illegally Killed Whales in Australian Waters
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Corder, Associated Press

An animal rights group claimed Tuesday that Japan has illegally killed hundreds of whales in an Australian whale sanctuary, and it launched legal action aimed at stopping the hunt.

Wild Predators Pose Little Threat to Livestock and Other Stories
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Wolves and lions, bears and leopards have long been mortal enemies of ranchers. In an attempt to protect their livestock, human herders have hunted many big predators to the brink of extinction.

Being 'Green' Can Mean More Green, as in Money for Seattle-Area Builders
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Cydney Gillis, The Seattle Times

Barry Bettinger enjoys his work as owner of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream. He says reduced energy costs will help make up for the added expense of building his company's new 10,000-square-foot "green" facility. Construction began today.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Snowmobile Ban in Yellowstone and Teton National Parks
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Bob Moen, Associated Press

A federal judge recently struck down a Clinton-era ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks — a move expected to leave the parks open to the vehicles for at least the next three winters.

Fuel Economy of 2005 Vehicles
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Here are the most and least fuel-efficient 2005 model cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles, according to information submitted by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Weather Hampers Oil Pumping Bid on Wrecked Ship in South Africa
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Strong winds and choppy seas Tuesday were still hampering efforts to pump about 120 tons of oil from the sunken BBC China cargo ship, the maritime safety authority said.

Sydney Launches Multimillion Dollar Plan to Safeguard City's Water Supply
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into projects to maintain Sydney's water supply over the next 10 years, the New South Wales state premier said this week.

Chinese Vice Health Minister to Fight SARS in South
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

To prevent a winter return of the deadly SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus, a senior Chinese health official will visit southern Guangdong province this month to map out measures such as banning civet cat from menus, a newspaper said this week.

Supporters Say Wind Energy Set to Explode in New York
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Sara Clemence, Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

At Fenner Windpower Project in Madison County, 20 huge wind turbines stand as if at attention, waiting for a breeze.

Officials Examine Oil Samples, Issue Subpoenas in Probe of Puget Sound Oil Spill
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists planned to examine oil samples and the Coast Guard issued subpoenas in an investigation into who caused at least 1,000 gallons of oil to spill in Puget Sound, officials said.

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