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Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. plans to build China's biggest methanol plant
September 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. is planning to build with a Chinese chemical company a methanol plant in Chongqing, which will have the biggest production capacity in China, company officials said Tuesday.

U.N. Agency to Study Environment in Iraq
September 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press

Scientists will begin investigating environmental "hot spots" in Iraq as part of a long-term strategy to clean up the country after ten years of war and instability, the U.N. Environment Program said Tuesday.

ChevronTexaco sells share of Thai exploration block to Mitsui
September 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An affiliate of U.S. oil company ChevronTexaco announced Monday it will sell a share of an offshore oil exploration block in the Gulf of Thailand to Japan's Mitsui Oil Exploration Co.

Despite improvements, Great Lakes plagued by pollution, international panel says
September 13, 2004 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Despite improvements in recent decades, the Great Lakes remain a dumping ground for pollution ranging from livestock waste to mercury emissions, a U.S.-Canadian panel said Monday.

FARM SCENE: Hydroponic sea oats grown in Florida Panhandle to save energy
September 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Bill Kaczor, AP

Thousands of sea oats, so vital for preventing coastal erosion, are being raised in this rural Florida Panhandle community more than 30 miles from the nearest beach and without a speck of sand.

Plastics firm tries again for recycling plant in Kings County, CA
September 10, 2004 12:00 AM - Diwata Fonte, The Fresno Bee

A pioneering plastics company will return to step one on its proposed Hanford project, a recycling plant that is both praised and criticized for its potential environmental impacts.

Engineer Builds Robot That Walks on Water
September 10, 2004 12:00 AM - By Mike Crissey, Associated Press

It could be called a mechanical miracle — a robot that walks on water.

Africa MegaFlyover: Michael Fay and the Human Footprint
September 10, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Pinnock

Michael Fay is looking distinctly out of place in the lounge of a huge Westcliff Ridge house surrounded by beautiful objects of high Western culture. He's dressed in a slightly misshapen red sweater, khaki shorts, and sandals. It turns out he's been sleeping on the lawn. It's midwinter; this is Johannesburg, South Africa; and there are still traces of frost on the grass.

Jefferson County, N.Y., Workshop Targets Potential Agriculture Entrepreneurs
September 10, 2004 12:00 AM - By Brian Kelly, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.

Good business ideas may not grow on trees, but they may be growing in farmers' fields or being cultivated in north country milk houses.
That is the idea behind the upcoming "Harvest Your Ideas Workshop" provided by the Jefferson County Agricultural Development Corporation, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County and the Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College.
Jay M. Matteson, Jefferson County agricultural coordinator, said his office frequently receives calls from potential entrepreneurs who have an idea for an agriculturally based business, but need help getting the business started.

Appeals Court Halts Logging in Forest Burned by 2002 Fire
September 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked logging of old-growth forest scorched in one of the nation's largest wildfires until a lawsuit brought by environmentalists is decided, making it unlikely the dead trees can be harvested before rotting.

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