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California Panel Weighs Greenhouse Gas Plan for Cars
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson, Reuters

A plan to require automakers to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks by about 30 percent is expected to be approved on Thursday by the California Air Resources Board, backers and opponents said.

Study Estimates Two-Thirds of Caribbean Coral Reefs Threatened
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - AIan James, Associated Press

About two-thirds of coral reefs in the Caribbean are threatened by pressures ranging from pollution to overfishing and urgently need better protection, a U.S.-based environmental research group says in a new study.

Southern Africa Faces Food, Water Crises - Study
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Southern Africa faces major challenges to feed its swelling populations and to keep its wells from running dry, a new study shows.

India's Kashmir Govt to Fight Ban on Shahtoosh Wool
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Sheikh Mushtaq, Reuters

India's Jammu and Kashmir state plans to fight a global ban on the trade in super-fine shahtoosh wool, which environmentalists say is produced by killing a rare Tibetan antelope.

Pond Suspected Link in Chain of Bird Flu Infection in Cambodia
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Ker Munthit, Associated Press Writer

The latest outbreak of bird flu in Cambodia may have originated from pond water containing the droppings of infected wild birds, a senior agriculture official said this week.

Groups Challenge Rules Allowing Fewer Reviews of Pesticides' Impact on Endangered Species
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press Writer

Environmental groups went to court Thursday against Bush administration rules that allow the use of new pesticides with fewer checks on how they affect endangered species.

Federal Plan Would Cut Back Bull Trout Habitat
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer

A recovery plan being finalized this week would sharply reduce the amount of federally designated critical habitat for the threatened bull trout in three Western states and eliminate federal requirements for such habitat in Montana.

New UN Talks Bid to Save Fish, Plants and Timber
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Long a forum for protecting endangered species like whales or tigers, a U.N. meeting in Bangkok next month will seek a wider role in regulating the billion-dollar trade in timber, fish and medicinal plants.

China Puzzles Over Mountain of Waste Appliances
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China is figuring out what do do with a mountain of electronic waste as more and more computers and other appliances find their way on to the garbage heap, the Xinhua news agency says.

Plan Would Turn Farmland Back to Marshes and Mudflats for Salmon Runs at Washington Wildlife Refuge
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A 15-year plan would restore salt marshes and mudflats for migrating salmon at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, more than 100 years after the farmland was drained and diked.

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