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U.S. Consumers Get Cold Feet as Energy Costs Soar
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrea Hopkins, Reuters

The surging cost of fuel oil and gasoline have set the stage for a cold, expensive winter in the United States and sparked concerns that consumers will cut spending, a move economists worry will hamper growth.

Lawsuit Accuses Feds of Mismanaging Conservation Program
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press

The National Wildlife Federation has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that duck, pheasant, and other ground-nesting bird populations are being harmed by mismanagement of a government program that pays farmers to set aside croplands.

Tentative Alaska Land Swap Raises Drilling Fears
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

U.S. officials announced a tentative land swap this week that they say would enlarge an Alaska wildlife refuge but that critics charge would open up the area to oil and gas development.

South Africa Weighs Killing Off Excess Elephants
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Gershwin Wanneburg, Reuters

South Africa is weighing the option of killing off its excess elephants, 10 years after the practice known as culling was banned amid pressure from animal rights activists.

Hispanics Are More Exposed to Environmental Health Risks, Says Report
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrea Almond, Associated Press

Hispanics are exposed to more environmental health threats on average than the rest of the population, according to a report released this week by an environmental group.

Consumption of Resources Is Outstripping Planet's Ability to Cope, Says WWF
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Jonathan Fowler, Associated Press

People are plundering the world's resources at a pace that outstrips the planet's capacity to sustain life, the environmental group WWF said Thursday.

Hope Gone, Indian Farmers See Suicide as a Way Out
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Terry Friel, Reuters

Even when Putta Shankara was lucky enough to find back-breaking casual work as a farm laborer, his debt to the local moneylender rose four times more than his earnings.

New Mother in Storm-Ravaged Gonaives Faces Huge Challenges
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Amy Bracken, Associated Press

There was no baby shower for Guirlene Mondestin, no swaddling clothes, no cradle, no toys.

Federal Grant to Help Build "Clean Coal' Plant in Orange County, Fla.
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Louis Hau, St. Petersburg Times, Fla.

It sounds like a can't-miss proposition: The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $235-million grant on Thursday toward the construction of a high-tech "clean coal" power plant in eastern Orange County that will generate more than 1,800 jobs.

Middlesex County, N.J., Supports Fertilizer Plant
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Jonathan Tamari, Home News Tribune, East Brunswick, N.J.

Plans for a Woodbridge plant that would turn food waste into fertilizer took a step forward last night as the Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to add the facility to the county's solid-waste-management plan.

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