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China Hopes to Flush Smelly Toilet Image
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

Beijing hopes the smelly reputation of its public restrooms will be, well, flushed down the toilet soon. City officials will use the 2004 World Toilet Summit, starting Nov. 17, to showcase efforts to transform the capital's lavatories from foul to fragrant, from crude to cultured.

Scientists Try to Save Largest Salamander
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Scientists Try to Save Largest Salamander

The population of North America's largest salamander is plummeting in Missouri and Arkansas, and scientists from five states met to consider how to prevent the creature's disappearance.

Japan to Meet Kyoto Protocol Targets by Buying Rights to Pollute from Companies in 2006
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japan's government said Monday it will try to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions promised under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming by purchasing the right to pollute from Japanese companies.

Eight Nations Find Arctic Warming Quickly
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Scientists say changes in the earth's climate from human influences are occurring particularly intensely in the Arctic region, evidenced by widespread melting of glaciers, thinning sea ice and rising permafrost temperatures.

Habitat for Humanity Opens Discount Building-Supply Store in Anchorage, Alaska
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Richtmyer, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

Call it the thrift store for do-it-yourselfers.

Ohio Researcher Says Zinc Oxide's Future Bright -- as a Light Source
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Dale Dempsey, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

Researchers at Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base are investigating the amazing properties of a substance so common it is found in baby powder.

Federal Salvage-Logging Rules Face New Suit by Conservationists in Oregon
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Mark Larabee, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

The U.S. Forest Service is abusing federal fire salvage logging rules to harvest living, old-growth timber where a wildfire swept through the Malheur National Forest in July 2002, according to a federal lawsuit by conservationists.

New Mexico Task Force Locates Three Possible Sites for Solar Energy Plant
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

The governor's solar energy task force has released a feasibility study showing three sites in southern New Mexico and two near Belen as suitable for a commercial solar power plant.

Whooping Cranes' Migration Interrupted
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Wildlife researchers leading a flock of young whooping cranes south for the winter are warning people to stay out of their way after an apparently curious ultralight pilot disturbed the endangered birds.

New Fish-Labeling Law Proves Controversial
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Andreas Von Bubnoff, The Monterey County Herald, Calif.

Seafood consumers wondering where their fish comes from will probably welcome a new federal law that takes effect in April 2005.

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