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Louisiana Reports First Cases of Soybean Rust
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press

The first U.S. cases of the fungus soybean rust, which hinders plant growth and drastically cuts crop production, were found at two research sites in Louisiana, officials said Wednesday.

Indonesia in Tough Spot in Newmont Mining Case, Says VP
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Critics are applying a double standard to Indonesia over its pursuit of an environmental case involving the world's largest gold miner, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Thursday.

Group Says Forest Service Fails to Monitor Grazing
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Perea, Associated Press

An environmental group accused the U.S. Forest Service of failing to adequately monitor livestock grazing allotments in New Mexico and Arizona and allowing overgrazing.

U.S. Dismisses Report That Says Biotech Corn Should Be Better Regulated to Protect Mexican Countryside
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

Mexico is trying to limit the importation of genetically modified corn from the United States after a NAFTA watchdog group recommended better regulation of the crop, something U.S. officials have said is unnecessary.

Abraham Sees Congress Backing Alaskan Oil Drilling
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Wednesday he was optimistic the new Congress would vote next year to allow oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge.

Massachusetts Governor Boosts Wind-Farm Opposition
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Stephanie Ebbert, The Boston Globe

Two days after a federal agency released an initial favorable review of a proposal for an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, Governor Mitt Romney stepped up his opposition to the plan in a visit with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

Thames Water Splashes out Millions in Contracts on Making Estuary Fit to Drink
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Armitage, Evening Standard, London

British engineers have picked up tens of millions of pounds' worth of contracts in an unusual scheme to build a vast emergency desalination plant to turn salty Thames estuary water into drinking water.

Arctic Thaw Could Open Vast Oil and Gas Region
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

An accelerating thaw of the Arctic may open vast regions for oil and gas exploration but that brings worries of spills in the fragile environment, experts said on Thursday.

Danbury, Conn.-Based FuelCell Energy Plans Private Stock Offering
November 11, 2004 12:00 AM - The Hartford Courant, Conn.

FuelCell Energy Inc. of Danbury said Wednesday it plans a private offering of $75 million in preferred convertible stock to help finance development and commercialization of its fuel cell power generators.

Environmentalists Sue over Snowmobile Plan in Yellowstone National Park
November 10, 2004 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over the National Park Service's plan for allowing snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park for the next three winters.

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