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Dead Bodies Pose No Risk of Epidemics
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Dead bodies do not spread disease but mass burials after disasters, such as this week's killer floods in Haiti, cause unnecessary suffering to surviving relatives, the United Nations health agency said Friday. Citing mass graves being dug in the Caribbean island, where over 1,000 people were killed by tropical storm Jeanne, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was a wasteful misconception that cadavers caused epidemics.

Environmentalists Press to Extend Federal Coal Tax for Strip-Mine Reclamation
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Bill Lambrecht, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Environmental advocates, labor groups and their supporters in Congress are racing against a Thursday deadline to extend a federal coal tax that reclaims abandoned strip mines and defrays health care costs for thousands of retired miners.

California Classic Car Lovers Dismayed by New Law
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Lovers of California's classic cars, celebrated in the Beach Boys song for "fun, fun, fun," worried that a new state law could take their T-birds and little deuce coupes away.

Students' Bus Powered by Vegetable Oil
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press

It's not unusual for the students traveling cross-country aboard an old school bus to get a craving for fried chicken. Or popcorn. Or french fries. That's because their vehicle is powered by vegetable oil, and the used oil they put in their tank can carry the telltale odors of the restaurant it came from.

California Curbs Cruise Ship Pollution Near Shore
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation on Thursday that would ban cruise ships from incinerating trash or dumping used shower and sink water within three miles of the California coast.

Human Remains Used in Artificial Reefs
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As if shooting a loved one's ashes into space or pressing them into artificial diamonds were not sufficiently offbeat, relatives of the deceased now can have their ashes mixed into concrete to help form ocean habitats.

Navy to Shut Down Sub Radio Transmitters
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Robert Imrie, Associated Press

With terrorism the new global threat, a network of radio antennas that let the Navy maintain secure communications with submarines at sea has become yet another Cold War relic.

Elephant DNA Could Help Stem Ivory Trade
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Analyzing the DNA of elephants may help trace the origins of ivory being sold illegally, information researchers hope will help foil such trade.

WWF Calls for Ban in Trade of Great White Sharks
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters

A leading environmental group called Friday for protection for the great white shark and humphead wrasse coral fish, whose numbers have plunged because of overfishing and China's growing appetite for exotic foods.

Groups Fight U.S. Plan to Kill Prairie Dogs
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Judith Crosson, Reuters

Eight conservation groups are fighting the U.S. government over a plan to poison thousands of prairie dogs in the grasslands of South Dakota, saying wildlife should not take a backseat to ranching interests.

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