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Fuel Cell Developers United Technologies, Toshiba to Split up on Efforts
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - John M. Moran, The Hartford Courant, Conn.

United Technologies Corp. and Japanese technology giant Toshiba have agreed to go their separate ways when it comes to developing fuel cell products.

Texas Officials Wary of Plan to Hunt by Internet
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Franks, Reuters

Hunters soon may be able to sit at their computers and blast away at animals on a Texas ranch via the Internet, a prospect that has state wildlife officials up in arms.

Development a Possible Threat to California Lake, Nation's First Federal Scenic Area
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Mono Lake, the high desert fascination of humorist Mark Twain that's nearly three times as salty as the ocean, remains the home to trillions of brine shrimp where thousands of California Gulls nest each spring -- all preserved because of ecological activism.

PETA Campaign Pitches Fish as Smart and Sensitive
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - David Crary, Associated Press

Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish -- contrary to stereotype -- are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat.

China's Massive South-North Water Diversion Project Facing Money Woes, Report Says
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Thirsty Beijing will begin by 2010 to divert water from the Yangtze River, far to the south, though the massive project is strapped by financial difficulties and severe pollution, state media reported Wednesday.

Biologist Seeks Wolves' Return to Rockies
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist says returning wolves to the Rocky Mountains is "a chance to undo a great wrong" done when wolves were exterminated from about 98 percent of their range by the mid-1900s.

Study Links Smog Increases to Urban U.S. Deaths
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Conlon, Reuters

Increases in air pollution caused by cars, power plants and industry can be directly linked to higher death rates in U.S. cities, a study said Tuesday.

Scientists Say More Than 15,000 Species Facing Extinction
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters

More than 15,000 species, from sharks to frogs to fir trees, are facing extinction and the total is rising faster than ever before, conservationists and scientists said on Wednesday. Despite efforts to slow or reverse the slide into oblivion of many species, one in three amphibians and almost half of all freshwater turtles are threatened, the IUCN World Conservation Union said at the unveiling of its 2004 species "Red List."

Melting Glaciers Said to Be Threatening Everest
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Melting glaciers caused by climate change pose an urgent threat to Mount Everest's unique environment, activists said Wednesday, launching a campaign to protect the Himalayan mountain range and the world's highest peak.

Honda to Lease 2 Fuel-Cell Vehicles to State of New York
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

American Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday it has signed a contract with the state of New York for leasing two hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles for two years.

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