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Anglers Want to Remove Black Bass from List of Threats to Japan's Ecosystems

Industry groups and lawmakers have begun lobbying to remove black bass from a list contained in a new law that targets nonindigenous species believed to be damaging the country's native species and ecosystem. >> Read the Full Article

Fine Particle Pollution is Cutting European Life Expectancy, Says U.N.

The burning of fossil fuels and wood is cutting life expectancy in some parts of Europe by up to two years, despite a significant reduction in other pollutants, the United Nations said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Entering `Kyoto' Years, Warming World Wonders what Lies Beyond

The ice is melting and the heat is on for international delegates assembling in Buenos Aires next week to find new ways to confront global warming under the 194-nation treaty on climate change. >> Read the Full Article

Lao Premier Urges ASEAN to Invest in Dam Project

Laos' prime minister on Monday urged Southeast Asian countries to invest in his country's hydroelectric industry, as it struggles to start work on a massive dam aimed at easing poverty but slammed by critics as an ecological disaster. >> Read the Full Article

International Forum to Take up Acid-Pollution Problem

Penn State scientists and ClearWater Conservancy will convene an international conference of acid-pollution experts to offer their knowledge to state officials facing decisions on the pyrite cleanup at an Interstate 99 construction site at Skytop. >> Read the Full Article

Brazil Indians Grapple with White Man's Advance

When Indian leader Pirakuman of the Yawalapiti tribe thinks of the agricultural boom that has so delighted Brazilian exporters and politicians, he sees only a threat to his people. >> Read the Full Article

Newport News, Va., 'Ghost Fleet' Casts Shadow over Ship-Breaking Business

On an industrial stretch of the Tees River, just across the water from a nuclear power station and chemical plants, four of Virginia's "ghost ships" sit tied to a dock, awaiting disposal. >> Read the Full Article

Groups to Appeal Mining Expansion Near Pennsylvania Park

Environmental organizations opposed to mining near McConnell's Mill State Park plan to appeal a state decision to allow expansion of the mining. >> Read the Full Article

25 Seattle-Area Communities Seek Feedback on Plan to Improve Salmon Habitat

The endangered chinook, mighty "king fish," which can grow to 40 pounds, tell a story of development that has steamrolled vital habitats and barricaded fish passages with road crossings and dams. >> Read the Full Article

Uncertainty Lingers On Over Shell's Oil Reserves

Shell jangled investors nerves by warning it will need two more months before its reserves controversy is settled — and before its historic move to unify its structure is put to shareholders. The 2005 annual meeting, due in April, is being put back to June 28. >> Read the Full Article