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Ten Things Not to Buy for Christmas
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Christmas gift buyers should avoid coral jewellery, crocodile skin and Beluga caviar if they want to enjoy a guilt-free holiday season, the nature protection group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said on Tuesday.

Maine May Act to Close Vehicle Emissions Loophole
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

Like most of its New England neighbors, Maine requires that all new cars meet strict emissions standards. But Maine is alone in allowing consumers to legally register new cars that produce more pollution than the state policy allows.

Amazon Gas Heralds Changes in Brazil Rain Forest
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters

A tower of orange flame rises above the Amazon jungle, firing the energy goals of the Brazilian government. It also gives environmentalists nightmares and heralds a dose of culture shock for the people of the rain forest.

Saudi Government Approves Kyoto Climate Protocol
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, gave its approval on Monday to the Kyoto protocol which aims to stem global warming, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Male Fish Growing Eggs Found in Potomac
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Male fish that are growing eggs have been found in the Potomac River near Sharpsburg, a sign that a little-understood type of pollution is spreading downstream from West Virginia, a federal scientist says.

Toyota to Market Almost Heavy Metal-Free Lexus in 2006, Japan Newspaper Says
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to launch a vehicle free of lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in 2006 to help reduce the disposal of environmentally harmful waste, the Nihon Keizai reported Tuesday.

Honda Earns Green Automaker Award from Environmentalists
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Tiffany Ray, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

The Union of Concerned Scientists last week dubbed Honda the nation's greenest automaker in a report on car companies' environmental performance.

Spent Nuclear Fuel Arrives at Japanese Reprocessing Plant
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

About 31 tons of depleted uranium was delivered to a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkashomura, Aomori Prefecture, on Monday.

Chinese Fish to Clean Up Kashmir's Famed Dal Lake
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Sheikh Mushtaq, Reuters

For years men and machines have toiled to clean up Kashmir's mirror-calm Dal Lake to remove choking weeds, lily pads and other water plants that have tarnished the image of the famed tourist attraction.

Rwanda Recovers Baby Mountain Gorilla
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Edward Rwema, Associated Press

Police have arrested four suspected poachers and recovered a baby mountain gorilla that was stolen from its family in the forests of neighboring Congo, a spokesman said Monday.

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