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Northern Spotted Owl to Stay on Threatened Species List, but Isn't Endangered, Government Says
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The northern spotted owl, the bird at the center of the Pacific Northwest logging wars, will stay on the threatened species list, the government said Thursday.

Connecticut Program Promotes Use of Renewable Energy
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Maria Garriga, New Haven Register

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund will offer free solar energy systems to towns and cities that commit to buying 20 percent of their electricity from environmentally friendly sources by 2010, the agency said Tuesday.

U.N. General Assembly Urges Temporary Ban on High Seas Bottom Trawling
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Nick Wadhams, Associated Press

The U.N. General Assembly urged nations Wednesday to consider temporary bans on high seas bottom trawling, disappointing scientists and some countries seeking an immediate halt to the destructive fishing practice.

Group Accuses Administration of Changing Drilling Rule
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press

The Sierra Club alleges in a lawsuit that the Bush administration changed a rule so oil and gas producers could more easily drill under national parks from outside their boundaries.

Russia Formally Notifies U.N. of Kyoto Acceptance
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press

Russia formally notified the United Nations on Thursday of its acceptance of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, starting a three-month countdown for the long-debated 1997 pact to come into force.

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.

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