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U.S. Mine Tries to Dig Out from Under Local Discontent in Peruvian Andes
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

Gerardo de la Cruz, a 42-year-old farmer, is one of thousands who spent two weeks blockading a U.S.-run gold mine in the Andes, the latest example of the uneasy relationship between Peru's rural poor and the mining industry.

Mount St. Helens Spews More Steam and Ash
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Mount St. Helens spewed more steam and ash Monday, as government scientists remained on alert for a larger eruption at the Washington state volcano, which woke last week after 18 years of slumber.

CITES Lifts Ban on Hunting Black Rhino
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A global ban on hunting rare black rhinos was lifted on Monday to the chagrin of some conservationists, who say the lumbering titan is still in danger.

Fish Near Some Colorado Treatment Plants Found With Male-Female Tissue
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Fish with both male and female sex tissue have been discovered near Colorado wastewater treatment plants on the South Platte River and Boulder Creek.

Global Stocks of Nuke Bomb Material Are Growing, Says Survey
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

The world's stockpiles of plutonium and highly enriched uranium useable in atomic weapons are growing, despite increasing fears about the security of nuclear materials, a U.S. based think tank says in a new report.

Asia Needs Network to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Darren Schuettler, Reuters

Asia needs a special crime-fighting network to combat a booming illegal wildlife trade worth billions of dollars, which threatens many species with extinction, Thailand's prime minister said recently.

African Conflict Is Seen Rooted in Environment
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Many conflicts in war-torn Africa are rooted in increasingly parched and degraded land exacerbated by global warming, the first of a series of U.N. regional checkups of the planet's health found.

OECD Praises Sweden's Environmental Policy, Suggests Improvements
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Mattias Karen, Associated Press

he Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development praised Sweden recently for being a leader in national and international environmental policy but also said it had areas that needed improvement.

Chevron Phillips to Pay $1.8 Million for Plant Explosions
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. has agreed to pay a $1.8 million civil penalty for Clean Air Act violations that led to releases of chemicals from a manufacturing plant in Pasadena in 1999 and 2000, resulting in two explosions and three deaths.

Canada Study Details Pregnancy Chemical Hazard
October 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Children whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to common workplace chemicals scored lower on tests measuring language skills, attention, and memory, researchers said Monday.

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