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Mideast May Save Dead Sea With Red Sea
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Shafika Mattar, Associated Press

Officials from Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority met along the shores of the Dead Sea to settle details of a study to save the shrinking body of water, agreeing to proceed with plans to draw water from the Red Sea.

Two Still Fighting Dump Near Joshua Tree
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press

From their trailer in the middle of the desert, Larry and Donna Charpied two-finger typed the first lawsuit they filed to stop Los Angeles County from putting one of the nation's biggest dumps on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park. And won.

Vast African Lake Levels Dropping Fast
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

At Jinja pier the rusty red hull of a Lake Victoria freighter sat barely afloat in water just six feet deep _ and dropping. "The scientists have to explain this," said ship's engineer Gabriel Maziku.

Scientist Examines City Squirrels' Lives
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Don Babwin, Associated Press

Squirrels hit the genetic lottery with their chubby cheeks and bushy tails. It's hard to imagine picnickers tossing peanuts and cookies at the rodents if they looked like rats.

In Epochal Shift, Half Humanity to Become Urban
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

With the world poised to enter an urban age when more people will live in cities than in the countryside, Josiah Tobiko sees no need to move from his cow dung-covered hut in rural Kenya.

Scientists Marvel at Sea Life Miles Deep
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Peering deep into the sea, scientists are finding creatures more mysterious than many could have imagined. At one site, shrimp were living around a vent that was releasing water heated to 765 degrees Fahrenheit.

Amazon Dam Project Draws Heated Opposition in Brazil
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Peter Blackburn, Reuters

Rubber tappers, fishermen and Indians in western Brazil have joined environmental groups in battling a planned $9 billion hydroelectric project that will flood one of the Amazon's main tributaries.

Punched, Beaten Hollywood Chimps Head for Sanctuary
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Three Hollywood chimpanzees, said to have been punched and beaten to make them perform, will spend the rest of their lives in an animal sanctuary in an cruelty lawsuit settlement, an animal rights group said Thursday.

France's Sarkozy Spruces Up His Green Credentials
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

French presidential contender Nicolas Sarkozy outlined his environmental policies on Thursday in an effort to court the green vote ahead of the 2007 presidential election.

Brazil Police Arrest Forced Labor Suspects
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Police raided a poor settlement in central Brazil Thursday and arrested landowners suspected of environmental crimes and labor abuse in making charcoal from illegally felled timber.

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