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Kenya's Maathai Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Environmental and Social Work
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Maliti, Associated Press

When Wangari Maathai got word she had won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recently, she was campaigning to protect Kenya's forests and distributing food to villagers suffering from drought — the same work she's been doing for decades.

Contractors Say Furnace System Tuneup Can Cut Fuel Bill, Add Peace of Mind
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Stacy Wong, The Hartford Courant, Conn.

Ask heating contractors how much it costs to have your home furnace cleaned and tuned up, and you'll get answers ranging from $50 to $200.

Oil Spill Hits Tourist Islands in Indonesia
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An oil spill has swamped a chain of tourist islands off the coast of the Indonesian capital, polluting a marine park and hitting businesses in the area, officials and media reports said recently.

Conservation Meeting Agrees to Upgrade Protection for Endangered Southeast Asian Wood
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Alisa Tang, Associated Press

An international conservation conference recently approved measures to reduce trade and increase protection of an increasingly rare Asian tropical wood, an official said.

Congress Allows Nuclear Sludge to Remain in Idaho and South Carolina Waste Tanks
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Lawmakers agreed recently to allow tons of radioactive sludge from Cold War bomb-making to be left in underground tanks at federal facilities in South Carolina and Idaho instead of being shipped to a central repository.

Fort Morgan, Colo., Cattle Feeder Gets his Manure Together, Makes Electricity
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Steve Raabe, The Denver Post

It was the plumes of steam coming off his compost piles that got Gary Teague thinking about energy.

CITES Sets Lower 2004 Export Quota For Caviar
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Caviar lovers are in for a jolt. The 2004 Caspian Sea export quotas have been cut, a move almost certain to drive up the price of the coveted luxury food, the salted roe or eggs of the sturgeon.

The Future of Food
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

On this week's radio program Beyond Organic, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network (, to get an in depth look at the documentary The Future of Food.

Shell, EPA Work on Deal to Keep Bakersfield, Calif., Refinery Open
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Erin Waldner, The Bakersfield Californian

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to reach an agreement with Shell Oil Co. this month that would keep the company's Bakersfield refinery operating into next year, according to a report from Reuters.

Plan to Boost Vermont Nuclear Plant Output Prompts Concern
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe

Amid the protests that have erupted over nuclear power plants in New England, the Vermont Yankee plant here has long operated as an oasis of calm. Perched on the Connecticut River about 10 miles from the Massachusetts border, the 32-year-old reactor provides a third of Vermont's electricity.

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