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East Africa People and Wildlife Struggle to Share Precious Land and Water
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press

Elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals drink water on one side of a swamp. On the other, Maasai warriors watch hundreds of cattle graze as the tropical sun sears the parched land.

Northern China Wetlands Drying Up
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The wetlands along northern China's biggest river system are drying up because of the thirst of an expanding population and a fast-growing economy, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

As Underground Water Vanishes, Plains Towns Brace for Costly Future
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Garance Burke, Associated Press

The Ogallala aquifer, the vast underground pool that feeds faucets across the Great Plains, is running low, forcing farmers and towns to find other sources of water and pay dearly for it, too.

Bush Administration Details Billion-Dollar Plan for Public Land Sales
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The Bush administration on Friday detailed its proposal to sell more than 300,000 acres of national forests and other public land to help pay for rural schools in 41 states.

Japan Faces Whale Meat Glut
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Hiroko Tabuchi, Associated Press

Tokyo has a dilemma: by rapidly expanding its whale hunt, Japan now kills more of the giant mammals than its consumers care to eat.

Best Blooms for Valentine’s Day -- A Guest Commentary
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Joyce Newman, The Green Guide

In a few days many of us will send or receive flower for Valentine’s Day. But this year we have a new, more socially responsible choice when it comes to buying cut flowers.

Bolivia Moving to Exert Greater State Control over Natural Gas Production
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press

In fits and starts, Bolivian President Evo Morales is moving his country closer to "nationalizing" South America's second-largest natural gas reserves and reviving a state-owned petroleum company.

Study Suggests Bad Corn Caused Birth Defects in the Rio Grande Valley
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Contaminated corn may have caused an increase in babies born with rare birth defects in the Rio Grande Valley in the early 1990s, according to a new study.

Expert Studies Moths at Carlsbad Caverns
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Moths, an important food for Carlsbad Caverns' famed bats, will be studied to find out what kinds of moths exist and how many there are at the park.

Sperm Whales Use Engines As 'Dinner Bells'
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

Sperm whales in the Gulf of Alaska are likely using the sounds of fishing boat engines as underwater dinner bells to hone in on longlines hung with valuable sablefish, scientists said.

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