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Asia's Kouprey May Not Be New Species
October 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Among the rarest mammals in Southeast Asia, the kouprey's discovery almost 70 years ago in the jungles of Cambodia stunned the scientific community and led to a decades-long campaign to save it from extinction.

Panama Backs Ambitious Canal Expansion Plan in Vote
October 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Mike Power and Chris Aspin, Reuters

Panamanians overwhelmingly backed a plan Sunday to give their famous 92-year-old canal its biggest-ever overhaul, an ambitious project the government hopes will help lift the country out of poverty.

Researchers Developing Purple Tomatoes
October 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Oregon State University researchers are fine-tuning a purple tomato, a new blend of colors and nutrients. The skin is as dark as an eggplant. But it doesn't just look cool, it could be better for you.

Climate Extremes Are Coming, Study Says
October 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

The world -- especially the Western United States, the Mediterranean region and Brazil -- will likely suffer more extended droughts, heavy rainfalls and longer heat waves over the next century because of global warming, a new study forecasts.

Brazil Bus Company Begins Using Biofuel to Combat Pollution, Oil Dependence
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Hellen Berger, Associated Press

A Brazilian bus company on Thursday said it has begun powering its fleet in South America's largest city with a new mix of biofuels and diesel in an effort to curb emissions and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Critics say Easing Limits on Wetlands Development on U.S. Gulf Coast a Risk after Katrina
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

A plan to ease restrictions on developing the Mississippi Gulf Coast's federally protected wetlands is under fire from critics who say the proposal would leave a region hit hard by Hurricane Katrina even more vulnerable to flooding from another storm.

Fake Grass, No-Watering Rules -- Such is Life across the Drought-Plagued West
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Angie Wagner, Associated Press

Roy Rogers probably never rode on it, but now he's buried under it -- a lush carpet of fake grass. Life in the West is full of changes people hardly even notice anymore -- watering schedules, desert landscaping and limits on how often you can wash your car in the driveway.

Companies Invest in Fish-Farming Project
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Maine company and its Virginia partner are investing $30 million in a project to raise the saltwater game fish cobia, which is growing in popularity in restaurants and supermarkets.

Ozone Hole Size Sets Record
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

This year's Antarctic ozone hole is the biggest ever, government scientists said Thursday. The so-called hole is a region where there is severe depletion of the layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere that protects life on Earth by blocking the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Nigeria Scheme Would Turn Pollution to Profit
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

If the U.N. oversight board approves, the Nigerian government stands to reap hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of emissions credits for shutting down a huge source of carbon dioxide _ its burning of natural gas pumped up with petroleum at its Ovade Ogharefe oil field.

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