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Sydney Launches Multimillion Dollar Plan to Safeguard City's Water Supply

Authorities will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into projects to maintain Sydney's water supply over the next 10 years, the New South Wales state premier said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Chinese Vice Health Minister to Fight SARS in South

To prevent a winter return of the deadly SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus, a senior Chinese health official will visit southern Guangdong province this month to map out measures such as banning civet cat from menus, a newspaper said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Being 'Green' Can Mean More Green, as in Money for Seattle-Area Builders

Barry Bettinger enjoys his work as owner of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream. He says reduced energy costs will help make up for the added expense of building his company's new 10,000-square-foot "green" facility. Construction began today. >> Read the Full Article

Disease Stages Revival in Rebel-Held Ivory Coast

A battered pick-up truck weighed down by a dozen passengers sitting on sacks of mangoes crawls though a checkpoint and enters Ivory Coast's rebel zone. >> Read the Full Article

E.U. to Issue Iran with Last Chance on Nuclear Plans

Senior diplomats from France, Britain, and Germany will meet top Iranian officials in Vienna on Thursday to offer Tehran a final chance to halt uranium enrichment plans or face possible U.N. sanctions. >> Read the Full Article

Bird Flu Kills 23 Thai Tigers

The bird flu epidemic, which has killed 31 people in southeast Asia this year, killed 23 tigers at a zoo in eastern Thailand, a senior government official said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Coalition of Environmentalists Petition for Sharp-tailed Grouse Protection

Environmentalists asking for federal protection of the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse say the bird is in danger of becoming extinct, in part because its native habitat across the West is being lost to livestock grazing and agriculture. >> Read the Full Article

Radioactive Materials Seized in Central Russia

Russian security services seized two containers filled with highly radioactive material at a scrap yard in central Russia, Interfax news agency said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Conservationists Claim Japan Has Illegally Killed Whales in Australian Waters

An animal rights group claimed Tuesday that Japan has illegally killed hundreds of whales in an Australian whale sanctuary, and it launched legal action aimed at stopping the hunt. >> Read the Full Article

Wild Predators Pose Little Threat to Livestock and Other Stories

Wolves and lions, bears and leopards have long been mortal enemies of ranchers. In an attempt to protect their livestock, human herders have hunted many big predators to the brink of extinction. >> Read the Full Article