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Florida Alligator Comeback May Ease Hunting Rules
November 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Peltier, Reuters

The once-endangered alligator has made such a phenomenal comeback in Florida that state wildlife officials are considering making it fair game once again.

Groups Want Forest Rules Overturned
November 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Environmentalists asked a federal judge Wednesday to overturn the Bush administration's rules for managing the country's 155 national forests, arguing that the regulations illegally weaken protections for wilderness and wildlife.

Investigations Begin Into Whether Bush Administration Muzzled Climate Research
November 2, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Two federal agencies are investigating whether the Bush administration tried to block government scientists from speaking freely about global warming and censor their research, a senator said Wednesday.

New Aquatic Species Found in Hawaii
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers on a three-week mission to the remote French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands discovered 100 species never seen in the area before, including many that may be entirely new to science.

Wild Jatropha Stirs Hope of Biodiesel Bounty in India
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Biman Mukherji and Hari Ramachandran, Reuters

The glow from burning jatropha seed torches has often saved Maruti Chindu from treading on snakes, but now he carefully nurtures them for a use that he never imagined before -- running cars and trucks.

Scientist Says Large Coral Disappearing
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Large species of coral that form underwater reefs and create rich habitat for marine life are disappearing from around the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica and elsewhere in the Caribbean, a leading researcher said Tuesday.

Environmental Groups Defend Clinton-Era Clean Air Program Before Supreme Court
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Pete Yost, Associated Press

Environmental groups are defending a Clinton-era clean air program that the Bush administration is trying to weaken, arguing to the Supreme Court that a power company must install costly pollution controls on its aging coal-fired plants.

Nebraska Governor Signs River Agreement He Says Also Protects Farmers
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Nate Jenkins, Associated Press

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a three-state plan to protect the habitats of endangered species along the Platte River while at the same time sheltering growers from federal action.

Former U.S. President Clinton Champions Mangrove Forest Recovery Efforts
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Tracee Herbaugh, Associated Press

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton lent his humanitarian heart to yet another cause: protecting the mangrove forests along the coastlines of countries affected by the 2004 tsunami, which he has made a special cause.

Aid Groups Drive to Curb Deadly Gas-Guzzling Cars
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Ruth Gidley, Reuters

Aid workers in risky environments may fear violence but they are more likely to die -- and hurt the people they are trying to help -- in a car crash, logistics experts say.

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