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Officials Warn Gold Panners in Filthy Manila River
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Oliver Teves, Associated Press

Philippine officials on Tuesday warned scores of people searching for gold in a filthy suburban Manila river that they face a better chance of getting sick than finding the precious metal.

Pulp Fiction of Family Farmers?
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Hurricanes are just the most recent blow to Florida's family-run citrus farmers.

Save the Trees, Save the Apes, Expert Says
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A U.N. meeting on endangered species could help secure the survival one of humanity's closest living relatives, the orangutan, by saving its forest home from loggers, a leading expert said on Tuesday.

In South Carolina, "Beach Kudzu" Threatens Dunes and Native Plants
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Jacob Jordan, Associated Press

A seemingly harmless plant brought to South Carolina's coast in the 1990s to help control erosion has turned mean, overtaking dunes, squeezing out other plants, and garnering a notorious nickname: beach kudzu.

Internet Is a Key Battleground in Wildlife Crime Fight
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Darren Schuettler, Reuters

Why trawl through a sweaty illegal wildlife market in Asia when you can shop for rare animals and exotic plants on the Internet?

Hundreds of Sunken Vessels Block Access to Iraq's Seaports, Pollute Waters
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Diana Elias, Associated Press

The routes into Iraq's two deep water ports are lined with more than 300 sunken ships, blocking the channel and polluting the waters, the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) said Tuesday.

Nothing Is Safe from the Rich and Hungry in China
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

In southern China, it doesn't matter if an animal is an endangered species. As long as it walks, wriggles, or jumps, it's good enough for the pot.

Mexican Officials Seek to Pacify Indian Group with Promises of Christmas Trees
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A protesting Indian group that had threatened to cut off water supplies to nearby Mexico City received a promise of Christmas trees this week as part of a federal package aimed at ending their protests.

California Bill Letting Hybrid Autos Use Car-Pool Lanes May Fail in Washington
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Lisa Mascaro, Daily News, Los Angeles

Although state legislators easily passed a bill allowing solo-occupant hybrid cars to use car-pool lanes, the new law faces a tough fight in Washington and might not take effect on Jan. 1.

Tyson and Wal-mart Sign on for Emissions Reduction Program
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc. agreed this week to participate in an emissions reduction program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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