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Hurricanes Flood Florida's Lake Okeechobee, Experts Fear Long-Term Problems
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press

Standing on an airboat, state biologist Donald Fox surveyed the dying, bare stalks peeking out of the coffee-brown lake water.

Greece Insists on Decision to Block E.U. Plans Penalizing Polluters
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Patrick Quinn, Associated Press

Greece said on Wednesday it would never retreat from its decision to block European Union proposals setting minimum punishments for shipping companies and captains responsible for oil slicks.

Environmentalists Sue Over Changes in Wildlife Protections
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit this week to reverse a Bush administration decision to set aside Reagan-era rules aimed at protecting wildlife in national forests.

Global Fishing Trade Takes Jobs and Food From Poor, Says U.N.
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Governments must do more to protect their fishers from being crowded out of the water by industrial fleets that export their catch rather than feed locals and take away jobs, a U.N. human rights investigator said this week.

Brazilian Wins Miss Earth Beauty Pageant
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Priscilla Meirelles, a medical student from Brazil, was named Miss Earth 2004 recently, winning a beauty pageant that promotes environmental concerns.

Rosa Elena Simeon, Cuba's Science and Environment Minister, Dead at 61
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rosa Elena Simeon, Cuba's minister of Science, Technology, and Environment, has died, state television reported. She was 61.

Remains of New Species of Hobbit-sized Human Is Found
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Scientists in Australia have found a new species of hobbit-sized humans who lived about 18,000 years ago on an Indonesian island in a discovery that adds another piece to the complex puzzle of human evolution.

Carnivores Grew Too Big for Their Britches and Other Stories
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen Wong, California Academy of Sciences

The world's biggest carnivores paid for their size with their lives. A new study demonstrates that conflicting natural forces keeps the magnitude of meat eaters within a distinct range.

Russian Environmentalists Call on Hungary to Scrap Plans to Send Spent Nuclear Fuel to Russia
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Russian environmental groups called on the Hungarian government Wednesday to scrap plans to export spent nuclear fuel to Russia for reprocessing.

Carolinas Try to Recycle More Oyster Shells for Shellfish Habitats
October 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Brock Vergakis, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Carolinas are seeking sites to expand oyster shell recycling programs in Brunswick County, N.C., and Horry County to provide more habitat for a shellfish population that's slowly starting to rebound after decades of decline.

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