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Haves and Have Nots Clash over Plan to Divert River for Drought Relief
January 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

The sun here is unforgiving. It cracks the parched earth into intricate spider web patterns that run beneath the scraggly brown bushes and green mandacaru cacti, whose arms stretch skyward as if begging for rain.

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Enter Critical Year for Protection
January 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

The remote 1,400-mile-long string of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are blanketed with the 14 million nesting seabirds. Beneath the surface of the surrounding waters, fish crowd into pristine coral reefs.

U.N. Welcomes U.S Led Partnership on Climate Change
January 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Mike Corder, Associated Press

A U.S.-led partnership to combat global warming through cleaner energy technologies is the latest sign that the debate is shifting away from caps on emissions of greenhouse gases and toward voluntary measures.

NAFTA Panel Finds Mexico Slow to Respond to Illicit Logging on Indian Lands
January 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Rogue loggers are taking advantage of slow-reacting authorities, mountainous terrain and even language barriers to clear-cut trees on Indian lands in northern Mexico.

Marine Water Invaders on Most Wanted List
January 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, Boston Globe

The sea slime alarm was sounded in 2002. Scientists discovered small, dense mats of a strange gooey creature on the ocean floor more than 100 miles offshore.

Hong Kong Urges Public to Give Used Currency as Gifts during Lunar New Year
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hong Kong is urging people to eschew the tradition of stuffing crisp new bank notes into red envelopes given away as gifts during the Lunar New Year holiday that begins this month.

Deadly Landslide in Indonesia Sets off Debate over Role of Logging in Disaster
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Landslides and flash floods in Indonesia that killed as many as 240 people have set off a heated debate over the role logging may have played in the disaster that covered scores of homes in mud and rock.

Stockholm Residents Choke on New Congestion Charge
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Niklas Pollard, Reuters

On an overcast winter morning, traffic heading into Stockholm on the main route from the north is heavy, but it is moving -- unlike the rush-hour gridlock typical in some metropolitan centers.

Boaters Damaging Seagrass in Florida
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

Negligent and inexperienced boaters are damaging fragile seagrass in the shallow Florida Bay, destroying habitat crucial to the state's fishing industry, a conservation advocacy group said Thursday.

Conservationists Sue Over Nevada Butterfly
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Conservationists filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday, seeking federal protections for a rare Nevada butterfly against off-road vehicles at one of the largest sand dunes in the West.

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