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Scientists See Hope amid Coral Doom and Gloom
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters

Even though nearly two thirds of coral reefs are now officially endangered, some are bouncing back despite warmer oceans and pollution, giving hope the marine marvels are not completely doomed, scientists said on Friday.

Report on Hydrogen-Fuel Pollution Takes Aim at California Governor's Plans
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Harrison Sheppard, Daily News, Los Angeles

A report issued Thursday by a Libertarian think tank seeks to debunk Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans for a "hydrogen highway," by claiming hydrogen-fueled vehicles will make little difference in reducing harmful emissions.

BP Exploration in Alaska Plans Big Projects for Next Decade
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Richtmyer, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. plans to spend more than $10 billion on capital projects over the next decade, a company executive said Thursday.

California Air Regulators Set Tougher Fuel Standards for Watercraft, Railroads
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Entering an area of pollution regulation that had been solely the federal government's job, California regulators Thursday set fuel standards for watercraft and locomotives that will be broader and will take effect sooner than impending federal rules.

Northern Spotted Owl to Stay on Threatened Species List, but Isn't Endangered, Government Says
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The northern spotted owl, the bird at the center of the Pacific Northwest logging wars, will stay on the threatened species list, the government said Thursday.

Connecticut Program Promotes Use of Renewable Energy
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Maria Garriga, New Haven Register

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund will offer free solar energy systems to towns and cities that commit to buying 20 percent of their electricity from environmentally friendly sources by 2010, the agency said Tuesday.

U.N. General Assembly Urges Temporary Ban on High Seas Bottom Trawling
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Nick Wadhams, Associated Press

The U.N. General Assembly urged nations Wednesday to consider temporary bans on high seas bottom trawling, disappointing scientists and some countries seeking an immediate halt to the destructive fishing practice.

Group Accuses Administration of Changing Drilling Rule
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press

The Sierra Club alleges in a lawsuit that the Bush administration changed a rule so oil and gas producers could more easily drill under national parks from outside their boundaries.

Russia Formally Notifies U.N. of Kyoto Acceptance
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press

Russia formally notified the United Nations on Thursday of its acceptance of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, starting a three-month countdown for the long-debated 1997 pact to come into force.

Indonesia's Birds of Paradise Dying Out, Scientist Says
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Karishm Vyas, Reuters

Rampant illegal logging in Indonesia and the demands of a rapidly expanding population and economy in Indonesia are killing many of Asia's most exotic and rare birds, conservationists said on Thursday.

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