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Washington Scientists Study Whether Whale Watching Poses Threat to Orcas
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Killer whales get the superstar treatment every summer off the Washington coast, where tourists fill up whale-watching boats to catch a glimpse of the majestic animals. Now, researchers are studying whether all the attention could be a bad thing.

Canada Blocks Asbestos Type from Global Toxic List
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Cyrille Cartier, Reuters

Canada has blocked the addition of a carcinogenic type of asbestos to a global list of toxic chemicals, a move that environmentalists said could undermine efforts to protect people and the environment.

Governors Worry Proposed Ocean Trust Fund Might Spur More Offshore Drilling
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

A presidential commission has modified its proposal for a trust fund that would use up to $4 billion in annual offshore oil and gas royalties to safeguard oceans and coastal areas. The change was to answer governors' fears the idea might spur more drilling off their coasts.

Slowly but Surely Asia Switches on to Green Power
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Rising oil prices and pollution are fueling interest in green power in Asia, but experts see no prospect of a rapid switch from the region's growing dependence on oil, coal, and gas. The problem is the high cost of renewable energy projects such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels; a lack of government incentives; and vested interests who believe green power is not viable or a threat to their wallets.

U.N. Warns of Malnutrition in Flood-Hit Bangladesh
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Bangladeshi children and women face acute malnutrition after the worst floods in 15 years swept the impoverished country, the United Nations has warned.

Death Toll Rises to 691 in Haiti; Hundreds Left Homeless
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Amy Bracken, Associated Press

Blood swirled in knee-deep floodwaters as workers stacked bodies outside the hospital morgue Tuesday. Carcasses of pigs, goats, and dogs and pieces of smashed furniture floated in muddy streams that once were the streets of this battered city.

California may issue greenhouse-gas order to automakers
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Kerry Cavanaugh, Daily News, Los Angeles

California is expected this week to order automakers to cut "greenhouse gases" from passenger cars, trucks and SUVs, becoming the first state in the nation to try to combat global warming.

Dead Whale Washes Up in Rio
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A dead whale washed up on a tourist beach in Rio, the latest in a series of recent unexplained whale deaths on Brazil's southeastern coast.

House Bill Would Guarantee Pack Animal Access to Public Lands
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Seeking to head off environmental groups that want to limit access to federal lands, House lawmakers won approval Tuesday of legislation to assure that people can continue to use pack and saddle animals in their visits to parks and wilderness areas.

Residents' Lawsuit to Block Nuclear Fuel-Reprocessing Plant Reviewed by Japanese Court
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An appeals court recently began reviewing a lawsuit filed by residents in northern Japan who are opposed to a government-backed program to reprocess radioactive waste at a plant nearby, a lawyer said.

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