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Africa Must Boost Use of Water Resources to Combat Food Shortages and Poverty, Says U.N.

Africa needs to step up the use of its abundant water resources to boost farm productivity and combat persistent poverty and food shortages, a United Nations official said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Experts Call for Cleaning Up of Bhopal Plant Where Gas Leak Killed Thousands of People in 1984

Experts on Thursday urged the removal of thousands of tons of toxic waste from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in central India, where a devastating gas leak killed 15,000 people 20 years ago. >> Read the Full Article

Beijing Is Facing "State of Emergency" from Filthy Air

China's capital is in "a state of emergency" because of air pollution, and one of the biggest polluters in the city, host of the 2008 Olympics, will slash production till the end of the year, state media said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

California Seafood Company Faces Charges in Groundfish Overharvest

A California seafood company conspired to buy 45 tons of fish from trawlers who had exceeded catch limits on severely depleted groundfish stocks, a federal grand jury alleged Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Oyster Fishers Ask Louisiana High Court to Reconsider Ruling

Louisiana oyster fishers have asked the state Supreme Court to restore a $1.3 billion judgment awarded to them for a coastal restoration project that the oyster fishers say damaged their grounds. >> Read the Full Article

Company Gets Approval to Expand Mining in Vancouver, Wash., Area

J.L. Storedahl & Sons can go ahead with a plan to expand gravel mining on about 100 acres at its Daybreak operation near the East Fork of the Lewis River, a hearings examiner has ruled. >> Read the Full Article

Utah Workshop Advocates Eco-Friendly Businesses

Many businesses struggle to make even the smallest advances in recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation or other environmental initiatives. >> Read the Full Article

Japan Firms Prepare for Implementation of Kyoto Protocol

Japanese companies are stepping up preparations, such as trial runs to make employees familiar with carbon dioxide (CO2) emission trading, ahead of the implementation in February of the Kyoto Protocol on curbing global warming, industry and government officials said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Strong Aftershock Rattles Quake-Devastated Region in Northern Japan

A strong earthquake Thursday shook an area in northern Japan still recovering from last month's magnitude-6.8 quake, the Meteorological Agency said. The latest tremor sent residents dashing under tables and led to at least one injury. >> Read the Full Article

Spokane, Wash., Fuel Cell Maker Receives $25 Million in Financing

Spokane Valley fuel cell maker ReliOn has landed an additional $25 million in financing to launch its second stage of development, the company announced Thursday. >> Read the Full Article