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Environment Grabs Australian Election Focus
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

The fate of Australia's virgin forests and precious water resources won the attention of political leaders recently, as the environment emerged as a central issue ahead of the Oct. 9 federal election.

South Africa and Namibia Seek to End Black Rhino Hunt Ban
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Namibia and South Africa want to lift a ban on hunting the rare black rhino, a move certain to draw protests from conservationists who say the species is still recovering from decades of rampant poaching.

Trade in a Further 15 Hazardous Chemicals Could Be Restricted, U.N. Says
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

Up to 15 hazardous chemicals, including several forms of asbestos, could be added this week to a list which restricts the trade of dangerous substances, U.N. officials said.

Naturalists Struggle to Save Iran Cheetahs
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Christian Oliver, Reuters

Only 60 cheetahs are believed to remain in Iran, their numbers bludgeoned by hunting, road-building, and drought, say environmentalists who are battling to save them from extinction.

Thousands of Fish Killed by Toxic Algae in Southern India
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - V.M. Thomas, Associated Press

An outbreak of a destructive algae has killed thousands of fish in southern India, causing more than 90 children to fall ill because of the stench, officials said recently.

Illegal Ivory Trade Thriving in Africa and Asia, Says Study
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Darren Schuettler, Reuters

The illegal ivory trade is thriving in Africa and Asia, where China remains the world's biggest market despite a crackdown launched two years ago, an environmental group said recently.

EarthTalk: How Much Land Has Congress Designated as Wilderness Since the Wilderness Act Passed 40 Years Ago?
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

When Congress passed the Wilderness Act in 1964, it designated 9.1 million acres across the United States permanently off limits to development. Since then, lawmakers have added an additional 96.5 million acres — including more than 50 million acres in Alaska alone — for a total of 105.6 million acres, spread over some 662 different areas and constituting roughly 5 percent of total U.S. land mass.

Olin Corp. must provide bottled water to residents with contaminated wells
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Carol Holzgrafe, The Dispatch, Gilroy, Calif.

The state Regional Water Quality Control Board has denied a request by the firm responsible for polluting the groundwater with a cancer causing chemical. Olin Corporation must continue to provide free bottled water to residents with wells contaminated with perchlorate.

New program from utility Nevada Power to develop 'green' rates
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - John G. Edwards, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada Power Co. will be developing a proposal for "green" rates that allows customers to pay higher rates to support the use of alternate power sources, such as wind and solar energy.

EPA chief and former Utah governor may seek rewrite of radiation safety law
September 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Christopher Smith, The Salt Lake Tribune

With plans to bury the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada looking more uncertain, Environmental Protection Agency head Mike Leavitt may ask Congress to rewrite a critical radiation safety law so the dump can open as planned in 2010.

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