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Mo. Pups Could Boost Gray Wolf Population
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press

The endangered Mexican gray wolf population could swell by 10 percent this spring, after two wolves in captivity gave birth this weekend, and three more are expecting.

Energy, Farms, Water Seen Aided by Nanotechnology
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Futuristic microscopic devices could store energy, raise farm output and purify water to help the world reach 2015 goals of curbing poverty, according to a report on Tuesday.

Botswana Woos Rich Tourists with 'Africa-Lite'
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Apps, Reuters

The drive from the gate to the lodge may be less than 6 miles, but it yields elephant, baboons and even a solitary tortoise, pulling its head back into its shell as the Land Rover passes.

U.N. Presses India to Save Tigers
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Bulman, Associated Press

Even in their own reserves, they are rampantly poached for their "lucky" collar bones, fashionable skins and decorative claws. When they flee onto human territory, they are poisoned, electrocuted, shot or trapped. There is nowhere left for India's dwindling tiger population to turn.

Conservationists to Convert Pesky Prairie Dogs into Valuable Farm Tools in Northern Mexico
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Conservationists have bought 46,000 acres of desert grasslands in northern Mexico in an effort to show the black-tailed prairie dog -- seen as a pest in much of the western United States -- can help grazing lands thrive.

MTBE Gas Additive Protection, DeLay at Center of Energy Debate
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is being challenged by Democrats on one of his top priorities -- protecting makers of the gasoline additive MTBE from liability lawsuits, an issue that blocked energy legislation two years ago.

Wal-Mart to Fund Wildlife Habitat
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, pledged Tuesday to spend $35 million compensating for wildlife habitat lost nationwide beneath its corporate "footprint."

Norway's Statoil Shuts Down Oil Drilling Rig After Arctic Oil Spill
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Oil exploration drilling from the offshore rig Eirik Raude has been shut down after its third spill into ecologically fragile Arctic waters in just over two months, Statoil ASA announced Wednesday.

Whole Foods, Nation's Biggest Organic and Natural Food Seller, to Enter Milwaukee Market
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The nation's largest seller of organic and natural foods will open a Milwaukee supermarket, launching a powerful niche player into the area's grocery business, and creating a new retail anchor for an east side neighborhood.

Report Shows Good Progress on Small Grain Planting in Iowa
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

When Dan and Pat Kubik planted 25 acres of organic flax a little more than a week ago, the couple had their doubts.

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