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China's Dependence on Dangerous Coal Keeps Growing
October 18, 2004 12:00 AM - John Ruwitch, Reuters

Dong Ye lights a cigarette and doesn't give a second thought to fate — his or his country's — as he steps off a dump truck onto the dirt road that winds into the Sandaoling coal quarry.

Loved by Laureate, Kenya's Forests Are Vanishing Fast
October 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Green, Reuters

Championed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Kenyan forests that once sheltered guerrillas fighting British colonialists are a battleground in a modern-day struggle against environmental devastation.

Iraq's New Environment Minister Struggles Over Dramatic Obstacles
October 18, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

As Iraq's new environment minister, Mishkat Al Moumin has dodged a suicide bomber that killed four of her bodyguards, run an 800-employee agency on a shoestring budget, and tackled rebuilding vast marshes that some scholars believe were the biblical Garden of Eden.

Hitachi to Develop Next-Generation Nuclear Reactor in United States with GE
October 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Hitachi Ltd. will build a next-generation nuclear power reactor jointly with General Electric Co., participating in a U.S. project to resume the construction of nuclear power plants, Hitachi officials said Monday.

Small Farmers are 'A Dying Breed,' Colorado Grower Says
October 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Sarah Colwell, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo.

A growing urban population, diminishing water supply and high production costs are planting seeds of doubt about the future of Colorado's small farmers.

Vancouver, Wash., Solar-Cell Plant Saves Energy to Make Energy
October 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

As energy prices rise, demand for alternative power sources rises. But so do the costs of creating some of those alternatives.

Port of Suape, Pernambuco, Brazil: Using Infrastructure to Create Opportunity & Equity
October 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Norman Anderson, President and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, with assistance from Evaldo Guedes and Anand Hemnani in Brazil and Beth Howell in Washington, DC

The Port of Suape in northeastern Brazil may be pointing the way toward a new strategy of addressing income inequality in Latin America.

Animal Olympics
October 18, 2004 12:00 AM - eNature.com

Athleticism, speed, strength, power, endurance: Humans celebrate these attributes in such events as the Olympic Games, but in the animal kingdom, they are necessary for survival.

Fresno, Calif., Conference on Alternative Fuels Looks at Job-Making Potential
October 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Robert Rodriguez, The Fresno Bee, Calif.

Factories turning corn, garbage and manure into fuel have the potential to create new jobs, pump money into the economy and reduce the dependence on foreign oil, according to speakers at a Fresno conference on alternative fuels.

Japan, U.S. to Hold High-Level Beef Talks in Tokyo
October 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Japan and the United States will hold high-level talks aimed at lifting Japan's ban on U.S. beef imports next week in Tokyo, Japanese government sources said Friday.

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