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Vietnam, Laos Agree to Cross-Border Wildlife Protection
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Vietnam and Laos signed an agreement Friday to promote wildlife protection along their border, especially in vital areas where endangered species are in peril.

Sierra National Forest Plan Approved with Minor Changes
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service approved a sweeping plan Thursday to manage 11.5 million acres of national forest land across the Sierra Nevada, renewing debate on how best to prevent wildfires like those that devastated Southern California a year ago.

Feds Propose $2 Billion Plan to Protect Seasonal Pools
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

They are puny, peculiar and strictly part-time -- the plants and animals that populate shallow ponds across California and southern Oregon, coming to life each winter and disappearing in summer. But with development drying up these vernal pools, they're also endangered.

Scientists in 17 Nations to Study Fish
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

Scientists in 17 countries will scout waterways to locate and study the world's largest freshwater fish species, many of which are declining in numbers, hoping to learn how to better protect them, researchers announced Thursday.

EPA Encouraging Use of Seven Chemicals to Replace More Dangerous Ones
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency is lowering regulatory barriers to encourage broader commercial use of seven chemicals that previously were considered toxic, smog-forming or hazardous.

Scientists See Hope amid Coral Doom and Gloom
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters

Even though nearly two thirds of coral reefs are now officially endangered, some are bouncing back despite warmer oceans and pollution, giving hope the marine marvels are not completely doomed, scientists said on Friday.

Report on Hydrogen-Fuel Pollution Takes Aim at California Governor's Plans
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Harrison Sheppard, Daily News, Los Angeles

A report issued Thursday by a Libertarian think tank seeks to debunk Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans for a "hydrogen highway," by claiming hydrogen-fueled vehicles will make little difference in reducing harmful emissions.

BP Exploration in Alaska Plans Big Projects for Next Decade
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Richtmyer, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. plans to spend more than $10 billion on capital projects over the next decade, a company executive said Thursday.

California Air Regulators Set Tougher Fuel Standards for Watercraft, Railroads
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Entering an area of pollution regulation that had been solely the federal government's job, California regulators Thursday set fuel standards for watercraft and locomotives that will be broader and will take effect sooner than impending federal rules.

Northern Spotted Owl to Stay on Threatened Species List, but Isn't Endangered, Government Says
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The northern spotted owl, the bird at the center of the Pacific Northwest logging wars, will stay on the threatened species list, the government said Thursday.

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