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Bald Eagles Rebound, Other Birds of Prey in Trouble
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The bald eagle is out of the woods, but other birds of prey are in trouble. An icon of conservationists, the bald eagle was on the brink of extinction in America's lower 48 states four decades ago, when its numbers stood at just 417 nesting pairs.

IAEA Chief Says World Is Getting Impatient with North Korea
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Eckert, Reuters

North Korea's two-year-old nuclear crisis has taxed the world's patience, the chief United Nations nuclear regulator said on Wednesday, urging communist Pyongyang to return to its disarmament treaty obligations.

"End Game" Near for Indonesia's Rain Forests, Says Greenpeace
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Time is running out for Indonesia's dwindling rain forests, as illegal logging is destroying them 10 times faster than the Amazon's, environmental group Greenpeace said Wednesday.

Costa Rica Banana Workers Sue over Pesticide
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thousands of banana pickers in Costa Rica have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against two chemical companies and three major U.S. fresh produce companies, claiming that exposure to a toxic pesticide caused a range of reproductive disorders.

Smuggling of Tiger Skins Is Rife and Growing, Says Study
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The illicit trade in tiger and leopard skins has reached alarming proportions, posing a serious threat to the survival of the big cats, a conservation group said on Wednesday.

Australia's Leaders Woo Valuable Green Votes
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

As Australia's marathon six-week election campaign enters the final stretch before a weekend ballot, the contenders to lead the nation were set to clash on Wednesday in last-minute bids to win valuable green votes.

Activists Want Clean Water Act Enforced by Feds, Not Florida
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - David Royse, Associated Press

Environmental groups said this week they have filed a lawsuit to try to force the federal Environmental Protection Agency to control water pollution in Florida instead of leaving the job up to state regulators.

Japan Is More Confident on CITES Whale Vote
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Japan is confident it can secure the votes needed to resume commercial trade in whale products and that this would be a step toward lifting a ban on hunting the marine giants, a Japanese official said on Wednesday.

Hunters Defend Their Turf at CITES Meeting
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The fur can really fly at big conservation meetings, where hunters rub shoulders with animal welfare activists who dismiss blood sports as cruel.

U.S. Bomb-Grade Plutonium Shipment Arrives in France
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Marc Parrad, Reuters

A heavily guarded ship carrying a large shipment of U.S. weapons-grade plutonium docked in the French port of Cherbourg on Wednesday, defying protesters who say the shipment is vulnerable to terrorist attack.

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