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Protecting China’s National Treasure
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Claire Doole, WWF International

It is hard to take your eyes off China’s national icon as it happily munches on a bamboo shoot, apparently oblivious to the shrieks of delight from a party of schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this is not that rare moment of spotting an endangered species in the wild, but one shared with the 600 or so visitors who come each day to the panda breeding centre in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

Climate Change Raises Risk of Hunger, Scientists Say
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

About 50 million more people, most of them in Africa, could be at risk of hunger by 2050 due to climate change and reduced crop yields, scientists predicted on Monday. Roughly 500 million people worldwide already face hunger but rising levels of greenhouse gases could make the problem worse.

On Beyond Organic Radio: Urban Farming
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

For many city dwellers, having neighborhood green space makes for some great hobby gardening. But for the low income urban farmers of South Central Los Angeles, it’s a question of earning a living, creating their own access to fresh produce and maintaining a vibrant community where families can grow traditional ethnic foods and expose their children to a gang-free environment.

Florida Conducting Coral Reef Study
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press

Hovering above a coral reef, two divers in wet suits examine and measure the dozens of coral beneath them, recording their findings on clipboards and waterproof paper. The pair is conducting a new, state-funded study to analyze the health of the coral reef off Florida's coast that scientists hope will change the way reefs are cared for worldwide.

Conservationists Warn Great Apes Face Extinction
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - David Lewis, Reuters

Poaching, logging and disease will soon wipe out the last of the world's great apes unless new strategies are devised to save humankind's closest relatives, conservationists said on Monday.

Post-Katrina, Gulf Barrier Islands More Vulnerable
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Hurricane Katrina swamped barrier islands along the Gulf Coast, further gnawing away at the dunes and beaches that act as hurricane speed bumps and leaving the coastal area even more vulnerable to big storms.

South African Farmers Clean Up with 'Green Sugar'
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard and Spokes Mashiyane, Reuters

From the air, sections of South Africa's sugar country resemble a vast green carpet that has been gently rolled across the landscape. But environmentalists say this bucolic scene is deceptive and masks an ugly truth: Much of the sugar industry has laid waste to fragile ecosystems, its tentacles reaching deep into valleys and destroying vital wetlands.

Navajos Receive Award for Banning Uranium Mining
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today

The Karl Souder Water Protection Award of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center was awarded to three Navajos, including a youth and a tribal councilman, for their role in banning uranium mining on the Navajo Nation.

Rise in Natural Gas Costs Prompt More Consumers To Look at Geothermal Systems
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Erler, The Times, Munster, Ind.

The five-foot-deep trench zig-zagging across John Aylesworth's yard could help him battle high heating costs this winter. Heating and cooling his treasured but drafty 88-year-old homestead in rural Porter County cost him close to $1,200 last year, Aylesworth said.

Federal, Multi-State Clean Air Act Settlement with Cargill Secures Pollution Reductions
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - EPA

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a multi-state Clean Air Act settlement with Cargill, Inc. which will result in a reduction of approximately 30,000 tons of pollution a year and set new standards for limiting harmful emissions from specialty oilseed plants.

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