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Australia's Leaders Woo Valuable Green Votes
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

As Australia's marathon six-week election campaign enters the final stretch before a weekend ballot, the contenders to lead the nation were set to clash on Wednesday in last-minute bids to win valuable green votes.

Activists Want Clean Water Act Enforced by Feds, Not Florida
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - David Royse, Associated Press

Environmental groups said this week they have filed a lawsuit to try to force the federal Environmental Protection Agency to control water pollution in Florida instead of leaving the job up to state regulators.

Japan Is More Confident on CITES Whale Vote
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Japan is confident it can secure the votes needed to resume commercial trade in whale products and that this would be a step toward lifting a ban on hunting the marine giants, a Japanese official said on Wednesday.

Hunters Defend Their Turf at CITES Meeting
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The fur can really fly at big conservation meetings, where hunters rub shoulders with animal welfare activists who dismiss blood sports as cruel.

U.S. Bomb-Grade Plutonium Shipment Arrives in France
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Marc Parrad, Reuters

A heavily guarded ship carrying a large shipment of U.S. weapons-grade plutonium docked in the French port of Cherbourg on Wednesday, defying protesters who say the shipment is vulnerable to terrorist attack.

Environmental Groups Drop Efforts to Block Missouri Cement Plant
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Suhr, Associated Press

Environmental groups said this week they have abandoned a four-year legal effort to block construction of one of the world's largest cement plants.

Federal Agency Orders North Atlantic Fishing Grounds Partially Closed
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Doug Fraser, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

Federal officials have closed the eastern half of Georges Bank after fishermen caught nearly 85 percent of the limit on yellowtail flounder.

Japan Sees Hurdles Remaining in U.S. Beef Talks
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Aya Takada, Reuters

Japan, cautiously seeking ways to resume U.S. beef imports, sees hurdles remaining even if it abandons its demand that the United States test all cattle for mad cow disease, which Washington has rejected, before restarting trade.

Legislation Could Block Cape Cod, Mass.-area Wind Farm
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe

The controversial wind farm proposed off Cape Cod could be blocked indefinitely by last-minute language that a Virginia senator is trying to insert in a US defense bill.

Supreme Court Takes up Pollution Suit Against Manufacturer Cooper Industries
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Patty Reinert, Houston Chronicle

Companies responsible for hazardous waste cleanups have long argued over who should pay. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court used a Texas case to consider whether one polluter can force another to share the cost of a voluntary cleanup.

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