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Govt. to allow quarrying in forest areas
THE HINDU [15TH October, 2003]
By Our Staff Correspondent
MYSORE, OCT. 14. The Minister for Mines and Geology, V. Muniyappa, today said quarrying in forest areas would be allowed in the State, based on certain conditions, and the matter would be placed before the Cabinet shortly for approval.
E.U. aims to stem illegal rainforest timber trade
Environmental News Network [15TH October, 2003]
By Jeremy Smith, Reuters
LUXEMBOURG - E.U. countries plan to deal a blow to a billion dollar trade in illegal logging in endangered rainforests whose profits often fuel organized crime and conflict in some of the world's poorest countries.
Startling Deep-Sea Encounter With Rare, Massive Shark
Environmental News Network [15TH October, 2003]

During a recent submersible dive 3,000 feet down in the Gulf of Maine a HARBOR BRANCH scientist and sub pilot had the first face-to-face meeting ever in the deep sea with a rare Greenland shark. The docile 15-foot creature gently rammed into the submersible's clear front sphere before turning and swimming slowly away. The entire encounter was captured on video, a clip of which can be viewed by clicking under the shark's photo at: http://www.at-sea.org/missions/maineevent4/day14.html

Canadians among world's biggest greenhouse gas producers: Govt
Agence France-Presse
Canadians, along with Americans and Australians, are among the world's biggest greenhouse gas producers, according to government figures released on Tuesday.
Driven to desperation, Lankan elephants eating garbage, fighting plastic bags
Dilip Ganguly (Associated Press)
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
In this tropical island nation where 19 million people share space with about 3,000 wild elephants, forests are dwindling and the huge beasts are entering villages to forage in garbage dumps.
American scientists develop new pollutant clean-up method
Press Trust of India
While pesticide contamination in soft drinks has triggered a controversy in India, American scientists at the Johns Hopkins University claim to have developed a new approach to clean up organohalides, a class of compounds used in pesticides that pollute groundwater.
Water level to fall, warns TERI
THE HINDUSTAN TIMES [13TH October, 2003]
HT Correspondent
A Tata Energy Research Institute (Teri) study says annual per capita water availability in India is going to fall by 67 per cent in the next 50 years.
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