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Study Finds Rare Batfish Invaluable to Great Barrier Reef in Australia
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

When it comes to protecting Australia's Great Barrier Reef, it is hard to beat the batfish. The rare pancake-like white fish with brown stripes is the only one of 27 species studied that successfully removed the forest of algae that can otherwise overwhelm and kill off the reef.

Wounded Birds Return to Sky Via New Jersey Sanctuary
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Jonathan Oatis, Reuters

Georgette is a peregrine falcon and La Nina is a barn owl, two of the birds of prey who have found a home at a sanctuary next to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 miles west of New York City.

Feds to Start Removing Wolf Protections
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - John Miller, Associated Press

The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday his agency will start removing federal protections from gray wolves in Montana and Idaho by January, regardless of whether Wyoming has submitted an acceptable plan to manage its own wolves by then.

EU Environment Ministers Reject Appeal to Force Austria to Lift Bans on Biotech Crops
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Constant Brand, Associated Press

EU environment ministers rejected an appeal Monday to force Austria to lift a ban on two biotech crop products, which the European Commission says violates international trade rules.

Brazil Probes Dead Fish Washing Ashore
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Brazilian environmental authorities were investigating Monday what caused some 15 tons of dead fish to wash up in a major southern river.

Multistate Lawsuit against EPA Seeks to Lower Soot Levels, Save Lives
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Gormley, Associated Press

More than a dozen states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to lower soot levels from smokestacks and exhaust pipes, a move the state officials argue would save thousands of lives.

Colombia Open to New Studies of Drug Fumigation
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Monday said he is willing to let scientists study the effects of a herbicide used to destroy illegal crops that has sparked a dispute with neighboring Ecuador.

Octopus Study Shows Way to Save Fish Stocks
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Protecting marine areas for even relatively brief periods can significantly restore depleted fish stocks, scientists said on Monday, citing a study of octopus catches in Madagascar.

Group Offers Roadmap to Reduce Pollution
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A regional environmental group Monday released a comprehensive "climate change roadmap" to reduce pollution linked to global warming by 75 percent in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

Herbicide-Resistant Weed Worries Farmers
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

The cotton industry is concerned about the discovery of a herbicide-resistant weed that spreads easily, can grow an inch a day even during droughts and could force farmers to return to older growing methods that were harsher on the environment.

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