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HP Asks Palo Alto, Calif., to Delay Request on Axing Tree at Historic Site
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - S.L. Wykes, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

The five-story-tall coastal live oak that's confounding Hewlett-Packard's restoration plans for Silicon Valley's most famous garage may not get the ax after all. At least, not yet.

Conservationists Sue Over North Pacific Right Whales
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Conservationists sued a federal agency this week for allegedly failing to protect North Pacific right whales, who were hunted nearly to extinction more than a century ago and remain among the world's most endangered animals.

China Strapped by Energy Shortages as Winter Nears
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's booming economy is driving demand for coal, oil, power, and transport that far outstrips national supplies, potentially leaving millions nationwide in the cold, the China Daily said on Tuesday.

EarthTalk: What Is the Status of Australia's Koalas?
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Seven million to 10 million koalas inhabited Australia at the time of white settlement two centuries ago. Today only about 100,000 remain. Native to the eucalyptus forests of Australia's eastern seaboard, koalas were hunted extensively by the continent's first European settlers, who shipped as many as 2 million of the highly prized pelts abroad each year.

Canada's Environmental Record Is Bad, Says Official Report
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The Canadian government is not doing enough to protect the environment because of a lack of leadership and political will, a senior official said in a scathing report released Tuesday.

Bleak World Environment Report Shows One Andean Success Story: The Vicuna
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

While a new environmental report gives a gloomy assessment of human management of the Earth, buried among its charts and graphs is one Andean success story that bucks the trend of a decline in wildlife species: the vicuna, a smaller, fleet-footed cousin of the camel.

Rampant Development Threatens UAE Wildlife, Says Group
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Laith Abou-Ragheb, Reuters

The United Arab Emirate's unique natural habitats are under threat from unfettered development, the local director of global conservation group WWF said.

India Hopes to Breed Endangered Tibetan Antelope
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Sheikh Mushtaq, Reuters

Conservationists in the Indian Himalayas want to set up a program to breed an endangered Tibetan antelope that is slaughtered in huge numbers to make super-fine shahtoosh wool.

Polluted Beijing Races Clock to Clean Up Its Act
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

On a crisp, clear autumn day, with Olympic officials heading to town to look at construction sites for the 2008 Games, China's capital is racing against time to hit its clean air target of 227 days this year.

Utility Industry Official Disputes Galveston Bay Mercury Emissions Warnings
October 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Kevin Moran, Houston Chronicle

Bush administration policies will allow coal-burning power plants to spew six times more mercury into the air in the next decade than the federal Clean Air Act now permits, two Texas environmental groups said Tuesday.

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