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Poorly Mapped and Policed, Amazon Rain Forest Suffers from a Settler Influx
May 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Izidio Orlando de Brito used to walk for hours down a jungle path hauling his manioc, beans, corn and rice to market, thinking how much easier life would be if there was a road to his village.

Where the Buffalo Roam a Sore Topic in Montana
May 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

Buffalo once thundered across this vast river valley in southwest Montana but now the only evidence of the animal that symbolizes the untamed American West is its image on a national park sign.

Chesapeake Bay Underwater Grasses Rebound
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay were more plentiful again last year, with the important habitat-providing plants now covering about double the acreage they did when the survey began in 1984.

Giant Dams on Great Untamed River Spark Fears of Human Rights Abuses, Ecological Harm
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Denis D. Gray, Associated Press

They prayed separately but then joined together, Buddhist and Christian villagers, in vowing to fight the damming of their great untamed river which they fear will not only flood their native lands but draw violence, forced labor and relocation at gunpoint.

Drug Trade, Land Grabs Threaten Guatemala Rainforest
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Mica Rosenberg, Reuters

The ancient Mayans abandoned their monumental cities in Central America's jungles over a thousand years ago, and many blame their civilization's collapse on massive deforestation.

U.S. House Votes for Oil Drilling in Alaska Refuge
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday approved a plan to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Report Says Tropical Timber is Better Protected, Not Safe
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Developing nations have got far better at protecting rain forests over the past two decades but are a long way short of doing enough to save the crucial global resource, a new report said on Thursday.

Southeast Asia Plans Wildlife Crime-Busting Units
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Darren Schuettler, Reuters

Special wildlife crime-busting units will form the core of Southeast Asia's first coordinated effort against the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade in animals and plants, officials said on Thursday.

Subtropic Warming Could Mean Bigger Deserts, Study Shows
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Earth's atmosphere is warming faster over the subtropics than anywhere else, which could mean bigger deserts and more drought from Africa to Australia to the Middle East, researchers said Thursday.

China Struggles to Stop Its Largest Lake Shrinking
May 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Ben Blanchard, Reuters

Lake Qinghai, holy to ethnic Tibetans, is shrinking, hit by declining rainfall and desertification partly caused by overgrazing. Some also blame global warming.

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