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Creative Gift-Giving Ideas that are Easy on the Planet AND Your Wallet
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Tex Dworkin, Global Exchange

Are you sick of the same old dilemma? You feel obligated to buy gifts you can't afford for people who won't like them only to imagine them ending up in some landfill anyway? Or after you meticulously unwrap each of your gifts to save the paper for 'next time' your Aunt Edith throws it out anyway?

U.S., Australia Team Up to Protect Vulnerable Reefs
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

Guardians of two of the world's most popular coral reefs joined forces Thursday to protect their fragile charges from the ravages of water pollution, coral disease and people.

Heatwave Study May Fuel Global Warming Lawsuits
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A study of a 2003 heatwave in Europe may give Pacific islanders and environmentalists new ammunition for legal cases blaming the United States for global warming, advocates said on Thursday.

Canada Bans Greenland, Faroese Fishing Boats
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada said Thursday it had banned fishing boats from Greenland and the Faroe Islands from its ports because of their "highly irresponsible" overfishing of shrimp stocks outside Canadian waters.

Brazil Garbage Dump Could Be Climate Trailblazer
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A Brazilian garbage dump could be a trailblazer for thousands of projects in developing nations under a U.N. plan to battle global warming, a Norwegian company said Wednesday.

New Jersey Supreme Court Calls Off Bear Hunt Four Days Before Start of Season
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Linkous, Associated Press

The state's highest court called off New Jersey's bear hunt Thursday, four days before the season is scheduled to start.

Poverty, Graft at Root of Philippine Tragedy
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Stuart Grudgings and Roli Ng, Reuters

Saturnino Monreal remembers when there were more large trees than people around his village on the eastern Philippine coast, close to where hundreds have died in floods and landslides this week.

Energy Remains Challenge for Bush
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Landers, The Dallas Morning News

Among the challenges facing President Bush in his second term is a big one left over from his first: energy.

AK Steel to Pay $300,000 to Settle Butler, Pa., Environmental Violations
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

AK Steel, already operating under a 2001 consent order that required it to stop discharging tons of pollutants into Connoquenessing Creek, has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle additional charges it violated federal and state hazardous waste, air and water standards at its specialty steel mill in Butler.

Florida Buys Portion of Blackwater River State Forest
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Isaac Sabetai, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach

The Blackwater River State Forest will expand after the Florida Division of Forestry purchased a large swath of privately owned land located in the middle of the forest.

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