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Florida Coral Battered by Hurricanes and Disease
July 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Myers, Reuters

In the azure waters of Florida's remote Dry Tortugas National Park, corals have been toppled by hurricanes and blighted by disease and a phenomenon known as bleaching.

Green Group Buys Out Fishermen to Protect Ocean Floor
July 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press

The Nature Conservancy, an international environmental group best known for buying development rights from farmers, is looking to strike similar deals with fishermen along the coast in a pilot program that it said could be repeated elsewhere.

Environmental Group Asks EU to Extend Anchovy Fishing Ban in Bay of Biscay
July 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An ecological group urged the European Union Wednesday to extend its ban on anchovy fishing in the Bay of Biscay until stocks there have recovered enough to allow for sustainable fishing.

Canada, Mexico, U.S. Agree to Protect Butterflies
July 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Wildlife officials in Mexico, the United States and Canada have agreed to work together to protect the Monarch butterfly, which makes a spectacular migration every year from Canada to Mexico.

Climate Change Evaporates from G8 Agenda
July 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Robin Pomeroy, Reuters

At the last G8 summit, political leaders vowed to "act with resolve and urgency" on climate change. A year on, global warming has been sidelined by concerns on how the world can satisfy its growing appetite for energy.

Bald Eagles Recovering Across the Country
July 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Cowden, Associated Press

When Pennsylvania officials began a campaign in 1983 to re-establish the state's bald eagle population, only three pairs of the birds and 12 eaglets remained here. Now there are more than 100 bald eagle nests in the state for the first time in over a century.

Judge Stops U.S. Navy Using Sonar off Hawaii
July 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Kristin Roberts, Reuters

A federal judge Monday issued a temporary restraining order to stop the U.S. Navy using sonar during training near Hawaii because it might hurt or even kill whales and other marine mammals.

Scientists Say Warm Seas Threaten Coral
July 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Caribbean Sea temperatures have reached their annual high two months ahead of schedule -- a sign coral reefs may suffer the same widespread damage as last year, scientists said Monday.

Pentagon Exempts Navy from Whale Protection Law
July 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Kristin Roberts, Reuters

The Pentagon Friday exempted the Navy for six months from a law protecting whales and other marine mammals, a move that may allow planned naval exercises using military sonar to proceed despite a lawsuit.

China Opens High-Altitude Tibet Railway Line
July 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

China opened the world's highest railway on Saturday, celebrating the link to Tibet as a feat of national strength and ethnic harmony while critics decried it as a threat to Tibetan culture and the environment.

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