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In Public Policy, Quirky California Often Pioneers
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters

Welcome to California, the sometimes quirky rebel kingdom of the United States. Independent-minded even before it became a U.S. state, California again is setting its own rules without regard for Washington, which is nearly 3,000 miles away.

Mountain View, Calif., Firm Closes in on Hydrogen-Car Technology
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

A Silicon Valley company will announce a new fuel-cell technology today that it says could lead to cheaper hydrogen-powered cars sooner than expected.

Pricey Oil Could Be Boon for European Car that Runs on Compressed Air
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Laurence Frost, Associated Press

Record-high oil prices might seem like bad news for the auto industry. But one European manufacturer plans to make a type of car unaffected by $50-a-barrel crude: cars that run on compressed air.

Philippines Orders Exotic Pets Registered, Says Paper
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Philippines gave people 60 days to register exotic pets to conform with a three-year-old law on ownership and trade in wildlife, a newspaper said recently, quoting an environment official.

North Pacific Right Whales Seem to Be Making a Comeback, Says Scientists
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

North Pacific right whales may not be going extinct after all.

Trade Pays Big Dividends for Crocodiles
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

If you want to save a wild animal, give it a price tag. Wild crocodiles in Australia's Northern Territory are now thriving because of a controlled harvest of the reptile, a leading expert on the animal said on Monday.

Australia's Frisky Koalas to Get Hormone Implants
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Lusty Koalas in southern Australia are going to be put on the pill to stop them breeding too quickly and putting too much strain on their eucalyptus-forest home.

Former Chemical Dump in Upstate New York Formally Removed from Superfund List
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The site of a former chemical dump that led to an environmental disaster more than two decades ago was formally removed from the federal Superfund list recently.

Majority of Native Arizona Fish Threatened with Extinction, Says Study
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Mitch Tobin, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

Five types of fish in the Gila River basin desperately need federal protection or else they'll keep swimming toward extinction, according to a new study by academic and government biologists.

Alaska Bering Sea Pollock Gets Eco-label
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

The largest fishery in the United States has received final approval for an eco-label that tells customers the seafood they are buying is environmentally friendly.

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