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Spreading Slums May Boost Extremism, Says U.N. Agency
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

Extremism is likely to flourish in the world's rapidly spreading slums if governments do not tackle the poverty that fuels it, a senior United Nations official said at the start of a forum on urban life this week.

Israel's Red Sea Fishery Is Killing Coral Reef, Scientists Say
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A panel of experts from Israel and abroad urged the government this week to immediately halt fish farming in Israel's Red Sea coastal waters, saying pollution from the fish cages is killing off a unique coral reef.

Polar Bears Are Suffering from Industry Chemicals, Says WWF
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

New evidence shows that polar bears are suffering from industrial chemicals swept to the Arctic from nations thousands of kilometers (miles) to the south, the WWF global conservation organization said this week.

UPS and DaimlerChrysler Launch First Medium-Duty Fuel Cell Delivery Vehicles in the United States
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM -

Buoyed by initial road-test results and significant technological advancements, UPS has announced the U.S. deployment of its first three large package delivery vehicles utilizing hydrogen fuel cells for power.

Vietnam Detains 30 People in a Crackdown on Illegal Gold Mine
September 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Thirty people have been detained for running an illegal gold mine in central Vietnam that employed hundreds of workers, officials said Monday.

Public Outcry Blocks Marina Project that Threatens Coral on Idyllic Malaysian Island
September 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A public outcry has temporarily blocked a multimillion dollar marina project that environmentalists say threatens to destroy a delicate coral reef at one of Southeast Asia's favorite diving spots.

North Korea Says Blast Was for Hydroelectric Project
September 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Jack Kim, Reuters

A huge explosion in North Korea last week was a deliberate blast to pave the way for a hydroelectric dam, Pyongyang said on Monday.

NOAA Fisheries Files New Columbia Basin Salmon Plan with Court
September 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

By spending $6 billion on improvements over the next 10 years, the Columbia Basin's federal hydroelectric dams can be operated without jeopardizing the survival of threatened and endangered salmon, the government said in a report.

Blair to Press on Climate Change, Challenge Bush
September 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Peacock, Reuters

Britain's Tony Blair will make an uncompromising speech on climate change on Tuesday, urging the world to act in concert and pressing Washington to change its stance.

Brazil Scrambles to Save Its Disappearing Savanna
September 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters

Brazil launched an emergency plan recently to save what remains of its vast tropical savanna, much of which has been cleared for farming in recent decades.

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