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Killer Salinity Rings Australia's Desert Heart
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

In Australia's central deserts, salination is turning once productive farmland into lifeless dirt tracts and threatening the country's A$30 billion ($22 billion) agriculture export industry, one of the biggest in the world.

Greenland Opens New Round of Concessions for Oil Exploration in Fragile Arctic
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Several of the world's largest oil companies hope to tap into possible offshore oil and gas reserves as Greenland opened a new round of concessions Tuesday for exploration licenses in the fragile Arctic region.

Darfur Peace Must Address Water Crisis, Economist Says
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Megan Rowling, Reuters

There is no chance of peace in Darfur unless the region's dire water shortages are tackled as part of a settlement between rebels and the Sudanese government, a top international economist said on Monday.

China to Invest $175 Billion in Environment Clean-Up
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China plans to invest 1.4 trillion yuan ($175 billion) in environmental protection in the next five years, state media said on Tuesday, to curb water and air pollution so severe it causes riots and health problems.

Honda Uses Ice-Making Plant to Cool Workers
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - James Hannah, Associated Press

Keeping Honda Motor Co.'s facility in this western Ohio village cool during a heat wave without breaking the bank is as simple as freezing water.

Nebraska's Popular Chimney Rock Eroding
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Bauer, Associated Press

A long-familiar icon in Nebraska, gracing everything from license plates to decorative spoons, Chimney Rock catapulted into the national spotlight in April with its appearance on the back of the state's commemorative quarter.

Two Humpbacks Entangled off New England
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rescue crews were attempting Sunday to free two humpback whales entangled in commercial fishing nets or marine rope in New England coastal waters.

Florida Authorities Begin Gator-Feeding Sting
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

Crusty's days are numbered. The well-known 8-foot alligator has become so accustomed to people feeding him that his demise is certain.

Big Wildebeest Migration Good Sign for Post-War Angola
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thousands of wildebeest are currently making their way to Angola from Zambia in a little-known and expanding migration that is a sign of renewal for the war-ravaged African country.

California Agency Probes Where Insecticides Go
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

California's pesticide agency is conducting a review of popular insecticides because many are ending up in urban streams and killing tiny aquatic creatures.

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