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Swiss Campaigner for Rain Forests Declared Dead, Fund Says
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press

Missing rain forest crusader Bruno Manser was declared dead by a Swiss court Thursday, five years after he vanished in the Borneo jungle of Malaysia on his way to the Penan people he sought to protect, his organization said.

Indonesian Government Sues Newmont Mining over Pollution of Bay off Sulawesi Island
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Indonesian authorities said Thursday they have sued a subsidiary of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp., seeking $133.6 million in compensation from the company for allegedly polluting a bay off Sulawesi island.

Flight Attendant Caught Trying to Smuggle Endangered Fish into Australia in His Baggage
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Customs officers thought there was something fishy about the baggage of a flight attendant arriving in Australia from Vietnam. They were right.

Sources Say Mexico, US Reach Agreement on Water Debt
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press

Mexico will transfer thousands of acres (hectares) of water to the United States to end a long-standing feud that led U.S. farmers to sue the country for failing to comply with a decade-old water treaty, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Australia Announces Plan to Name -- and Shame -- Polluting Businesses
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Australia will name -- and shame -- major polluters in an attempt to cut the nation's greenhouse gas output, despite Canberra's refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, a senior government official said Thursday.

Fishermen, Lawmakers Prepare for Possible Introduction of Modified Salmon
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

A Massachusetts company expects to get the federal government's OK to sell genetically enhanced salmon within a year, a prospect that scares some Alaskan fishermen.

Cambodia Seeks to Tighten Regulations on Pesticide Use
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Cambodia must tighten its policy regarding pesticide use in farming, which poses serious risks not just for public health and the environment but also for trade with other countries, officials said Friday.

Canada Calls US Oil Drilling Plan 'Big Mistake'
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada said Thursday that a U.S. plan to drill for oil in an Alaskan wildlife refuge was "a big mistake" and vowed to keep pressuring Washington to scrap the idea.

High Levels of Mercury Found in Vt. Birds
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have found high levels of mercury in songbirds on Vermont mountaintops. Researchers at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science announced this week that mercury was found in the blood and feathers of the rarely seen Bicknell's thrush on Mount Mansfield and Stratton Mountain.

EPA Orders Smog, Soot Reductions to Benefit People Downwind from Power Plants
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration on Thursday ordered reductions in smog and soot pollution across 28 states in the East, South and Midwest with the goal of making the air cleaner to breathe for people downwind of coal-burning power plants.

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