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Indonesia's Birds of Paradise Dying Out, Scientist Says
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Karishm Vyas, Reuters

Rampant illegal logging in Indonesia and the demands of a rapidly expanding population and economy in Indonesia are killing many of Asia's most exotic and rare birds, conservationists said on Thursday.

Brazil Trains Environmental Police to Guard Amazon
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters

The latest recruits to Brazil's losing battle to slow Amazon destruction began training Wednesday at a new environmental police academy deep in the world's largest jungle.

Melting Glaciers Threaten World Water Supply
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters

Mountain glaciers, which act as the world's water towers, are shrinking at ever faster rates, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people and the future of countless species, a scientist said on Thursday.

Scientists Warn of Undetected, Unmeasured Toxins in World's Fish
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Mort Rosenblum, Associated Press

Each day at 4 p.m., the trawlers come back, alive with giant bass, mackerel and squirming eels, at the end of a food chain that links family dinner tables to poisons in the sea.

Overfishing Drives African Bushmeat Appetite and Other Stories
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

In years when fish catches are low, people in the West African state of Ghana turn to bushmeat to fill their stomachs. The new study, by Justin Brashears of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues, is based on 30 years of data collected on the trade in wildlife meat and marine fish catches.

DuPont Study Finds High C8 Levels in Blood of Parkesburg, W.Va., Residents
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

A DuPont Co. study found high levels of the toxic chemical C8 in the blood of residents near its Parkersburg plant, according to documents provided to federal regulators.

Judge Rules Against Elmore, Ohio, Workers in Toxic Beryllium Dust Case
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - James Drew, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

In a victory for Brush Wellman, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday that up to 7,000 contract workers who may have been exposed to unsafe levels of toxic beryllium dust at the company's plant near Elmore cannot file a class-action lawsuit against the firm.

Environmental Group Sues Over Relaxed Oil Drilling Rules
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Janet Elliott, Houston Chronicle

The Bush administration was accused Wednesday of buckling under pressure from Houston-based Davis Brothers Inc. when it changed rules for directional drilling of oil and gas reserves under Big Thicket and other national parks.

Soy Story: On the Environmental Impacts of Soy
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Umbra answers a reader’s question on the environmental impacts of soy farming and production. Turns out you probably eat considerably more soy than you even know about, and it's probably genetically modified and heavily doused with herbicides. Today in Grist: Is soy eco friendly?

Company to Debut 'Fair Trade' Guatemalan Goods in New Haven, Conn.
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Maria Garriga, New Haven Register, Conn.

Mercado Global will launch a catalog of "fair trade" Guatemalan goods tonight at Hot Tomato's restaurant downtown.

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