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Russian Border Guards Fire On, Seize Taiwanese Trawler Allegedly Fishing in Russian Waters
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Russian helicopter fired missiles at a Taiwanese fishing trawler, and the coast guard seized the vessel and its crew after the boat was allegedly caught in Russian territorial waters with hundreds of tons of illegally culled fish, Russian state television reports.

Russian Ministries Start Agreeing to Kyoto Approval
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Oliver Bullough

At least one Russian ministry has signed letters agreeing to Moscow's approval of the Kyoto Protocol, a spokesman said, in what could be a final step in the lengthy tussle to bring the global pact into force.

Indonesian Police Detain American Mine Employee Over Pollution
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian police arrested an American executive of a U.S.-based mining company and three local staff over the alleged contamination of a bay in eastern Indonesia, a company spokesman said.

Coming Soon — gene-engineered insects
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Coming soon to a jungle near you — mosquitoes genetically engineered so they cannot give people malaria. But this time scientists want to do it right.

Macedonia Hosts U.N.-Organized Regional Conference on Environment
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Konstantin Testoridesk, Associated Press

International experts and officials from southeastern Europe gathered in the Macedonian capital this week to discuss ways of joining forces in tackling the region's environmental problems.

Chevron Touts Social Responsibility
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Rick Jurgens, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif.

ChevronTexaco Corp., in "a brief update" for 2003, on Tuesday added new information to the corporate social responsibility report that it issued nearly a year ago, mixing disclosures of recent events and data with anecdotes about projects that showed the huge oil producer in a positive light.

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.

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