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After Decades of Fear and Hostility, Are We Loving Orcas to Death?
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Orcas, actually a kind of dolphin found in all the world's oceans, are prime examples of what researchers call "charismatic megafauna," big critters with a passionate human following. But the species' San Juan population has paid a price for some forms of that adoration.

On Beyond Organic -- A Farmer’s Pilgrimage: An Interview with Michael Ableman
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Michael Ableman -- farmer, writer, photographer and educator -- set out on a cross country trip at the height of harvest time to visit America’s farmers on their own turf. He chronicles his experiences in a new book.

Crews Fight off Invasion of Nonnative Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Crews armed with machetes and chainsaws hack through walls of thorny sweet lime plants in this U.S. Caribbean territory, avoiding turpentine trees and guava berries in a bid to remove invasive plants threatening to wipe out the native species.

Dolphins, Like Humans, Recognize Names
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Bottlenose dolphins can call each other by name when they whistle, making them the only animals besides humans known to recognize such identity information, scientists reported Monday.

Pacific Islands Look to Coconuts to Cut Oil Costs
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

Many impoverished Pacific island nations are also looking to coconuts to combat soaring world oil prices and cut severe balance of payment deficits by using coconut oil to make biofuel.

Some Vietnam Breeders Regain after Bird Flu Scourge
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Grant McCool, Reuters

Chicken breeders such as Huynh Thi Ba are just starting to break even more than two years into the avian flu epidemic that shattered the livelihood of some Vietnamese poultry farmers.

Hawaiian Waters Grow Crowded With Whales
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandre Da Silva, Associated Press

Greg Kaufman says his whale-watching boat was doing everything by the book: cruising below 13 knots and staying 100 yards from any visible humpback as a crew member scanned the ocean atop a lookout.

Foxes Thrive in Urban Britain
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Sue Leeman, Associated Press

Since the 1930s, when the common red fox -- Vulpes vulpes -- started coming to town, Britons have learned to live with a creature whose country cousins were hunted with hounds until the sport was banned last year.

Biologist Aims to Demystify Wolf and Moose
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Rolf Peterson has chronicled with endless fascination the not-so-peaceful coexistence between wolves and moose on Isle Royale, a wilderness national park in Lake Superior whose isolation provides a rare setting for predator and prey to interact with minimal human contact.

Power Shortages Force Blackouts in India's Sweltering Capital; Water Supply Hit
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities in New Delhi ordered shops to shut early and air conditioners in offices to be switched off in the evening as power supplies to the Indian capital dipped while summer temperatures climbed above 40 degrees Celsius.

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