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Endangered Siberian Tiger, Other Rare Species, at Risk from Chinese Chemical Spill
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Burt Herman, Associated Press

It's time for Volya the tiger to open wide and say "ahhh" so experts can see how the 1 1-2-year-old cub is recovering from an operation that saved her life after she was shot in the head by poachers who killed her mother.

U.N. Talks Seen Averting Deadlines for Climate Pact
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

U.N. climate talks in Canada are likely to avoid setting a target date for agreeing a successor for the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, disappointing environmentalists who want a 2008 deadline, delegates said Monday.

Brazil Government Announces 31 Percent Drop in Amazon Destruction
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Vivian Sequera, Associated Press

The Amazon rain forest lost 7,300 square miles -- an area more than half the size of Maryland -- but deforestation slowed by nearly a third this year, Brazilian officials said Monday.

Canker Program Has Citrus Nurseries Near 'Collapse'
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Salisbury, Palm Beach Post

A Florida citrus industry already punished by disease and natural disaster could be facing another big problem in a few years: no young trees to replace the ones that have been lost.

Chevron, Conoco To Buy Land as Part of Pollution Settlement
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Yung Kim, The Record

Two energy companies with gas stations and oil processing facilities throughout New Jersey announced a settlement Monday with state officials to buy nearly 450 acres of land for preservation.

Garbage Collection Collapses in Zimbabwe Capital
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Angus Shaw, Associated Press

The smell of sewage and rotting garbage wafts into homes. Acrid smoke hangs in the air where families have tried to burn household waste. Dysentery, food poisoning and diarrhea break out.

Russia's Native People on Amur River Worry about Livelihood in Wake of Chinese Spill
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Burt Herman, Associated Press

Yevgenia Osadchaya is beside herself with worry, wondering how her family will survive when the toxic slick flowing from China pollutes the Amur River that provides the livelihood for her family and her native Nanai people.

Groups Urge Soil Cleanup in New Orleans
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

The city's parks and yards will be contaminated with dangerous chemicals and heavy metals for years unless the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency orders a widespread cleanup of areas flooded by Hurricane Katrina, environmentalists said Thursday.

Inuits Transformed by Global Warming
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Couvrette, Associated Press

While Canada's isolated northern aboriginals are not sitting at the same table as the 180 nations attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference, they have a front-row seat to the chilling effects of global warming.

Wasps Could Replace Bomb, Drug Dogs
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

rained wasps could someday replace dogs for sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. No kidding. Scientists say a species of non-stinging wasps can be trained in only five minutes and are just as sensitive to odors as man's best friend, which can require up to six months of training at a cost of about $15,000 per dog.

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