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Japan Firms Prepare for Implementation of Kyoto Protocol
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Japanese companies are stepping up preparations, such as trial runs to make employees familiar with carbon dioxide (CO2) emission trading, ahead of the implementation in February of the Kyoto Protocol on curbing global warming, industry and government officials said Friday.

Spokane, Wash., Fuel Cell Maker Receives $25 Million in Financing
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Alison Boggs, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Spokane Valley fuel cell maker ReliOn has landed an additional $25 million in financing to launch its second stage of development, the company announced Thursday.

E.U. Extends Euro200 Million Loan to Fund Syrian Natural Gas Power Plant
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union on Wednesday granted a loan of euro200 million (US$255 million) for a natural gas-fired power plant in Syria, the largest E.U. financing ever extended to the Mideast nation.

U.N. Nuke Report on Iran May Weaken U.S. Case, Say Diplomats
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

A new report on U.N. nuclear inspections in Iran may be worded in a way that undermines the U.S. case for reporting Tehran to the Security Council this month, diplomats said on Wednesday.

E.U. to Send Euro6.2 Million (US$7.9 Million) in Humanitarian Aid to North Korea
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union's head office said Wednesday it would send a euro6.2 million (US$7.9 million) humanitarian aid package to North Korea.

Scientists Intrigued by Dead Whale Washed Up on Beach in Eastern Australia
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The body of a whale resembling a giant dolphin that washed up on an eastern Australian beach has intrigued local scientists, who agreed Wednesday that it is rare but are not sure just how rare.

Iraq Tops Bush's Agenda, but Economy Also Will Need His Focus
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

President Bush heads into his second term with the stabilization of Iraq under a democratic government as his top policy goal. But he also has unfinished domestic business, including making his sweeping tax cuts permanent, reforming Social Security, and promoting energy production.

California Group Sues Wind Companies Over Bird Deaths
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

A California environmental group has sued to force the operators of one of North America's largest windmill farms to take steps to reduce the number of birds killed in the turbines' propellers, court papers showed this week.

France Suspends Hunting to Save Orphaned Bear Cub
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

France suspended hunting in the western Pyrenees on Wednesday to save a bear cub orphaned when his mother, the last female bear native to the region, was killed by hunters earlier this week.

Bush Is Likely to Renew Push for Alaska Oil Drilling
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

n his second term, U.S. President George W. Bush is likely to stick to his plan to fill the nation's emergency crude oil stockpile and may find more Congressional allies to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, energy experts said.

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