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Wine Industry Uncorks First Sustainability Report
October 26, 2004 12:00 AM - GreenBiz.com

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance has presented its first report measuring the level of sustainable practices among vintners and growers on a statewide basis.

U.S. Government Lets Trade Continue in Beluga Sturgeon
October 26, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The U.S. government has temporarily decided against reducing or banning imports of prized beluga caviar, despite having agreed to list the beluga sturgeon six months ago as a species whose survival is considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Federal Tax Bill Includes Benefits for Ethanol, Ohio Lawmaker Says
October 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Sabin, The Lima News, Ohio

A tax bill that has gained congressional and presidential approval contains subsidies for smaller ethanol plants like that being proposed in Lima, U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley said.

Environmental Groups and Scientists Call for Restrictions and Research on GM Food
October 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

More than 35 people, most of them leaders of scientific or environmental activist groups, released a letter recently urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to set limits on the development and use of genetically modified foods.

Gulf War Illness May Never Be Explained, Says Scientist
October 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Veterans of the Gulf War suffer more health problems than other members of the military, but the causes of the mysterious array of symptoms may never be known, a leading British scientist said recently.

"Killer in the Kitchen" Smoke Claims 1.6 Million Lives a Year, Says U.N.
October 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

About 1.6 million people are killed each year by indoor smoke from cooking fires in developing countries, U.N. agencies said recently.

Biologists Are Concerned the Northern Snakehead Could Threaten the Great Lakes Ecosystem
October 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A fish known for its voracious appetite and ability to wreak havoc on freshwater ecosystems was found in Chicago's Burnham Harbor, alarming state biologists.

Migrants and Crime Swamp Mexico-U.S. Indian Nation
October 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Gaynor, Reuters

Indian tribal leader Ned Norris remembers a time when illegal migrants from Mexico would be welcomed to his land after a long trek over the parched deserts of the U.S. border.

Protecting Thailand's Forests: Exploring the Village to Ministry Connection
October 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Mark Detsky, E/The Environmental Magazine

More than a half-million hill tribe members, nomadic for centuries, live without regard to modern political boundaries in scattered villages throughout the broadleaf forest mountains of northern Thailand, Myanmar, and the famous Golden Triangle region of South East Asia.

Crude Oil Prices Threaten U.S. Economic Growth
October 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Bill Sulon, The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.

Consumer prices, stable in south-central Pennsylvania and nationwide over the past several years, could increase in response to the recent surge in crude-oil prices, economic experts say.

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