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Australia's Cane Toads Love the Nightlife
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Poisonous and ugly, Australia's cane toads are also suckers for nightlife. Researchers looking for ways to eradicate the toxic toads, introduced from Hawaii in 1935 and now an environmental menace, have found a way to trap them using ultra-violet "disco" lights.

U.S. Confirms Citrus Greening in Florida
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Adrian Sainz, Associated Press

A plant illness that could endanger Florida's $9 billion citrus industry has been found for the first time in the United States, agriculture officials said Friday. The bacterial disease known as citrus greening was found in samples collected from two trees in South Florida, officials said.

Cambodian Tiger Hunter Gets Seven Years in Jail
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Cambodian court sentenced the country's most wanted wildlife hunter to seven years in jail on Friday for tracking and killing more than 600 animals, including tigers and elephants, since 2001, officials said.

Endangered Plants Focus of New Study
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press

Species conservation doesn't just apply to faraway rain forests or endangered whales. A network of botanical institutions is launching an unprecendented study of endangered native U.S. plants to determine their potential for recovery -- and in hopes of preventing their disappearance.

New Orleans Zoo Animals Survive Katrina's Wrath
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Babineck, Reuters

At the New Orleans zoo only three of 1,400 animals died in the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. The famous Audubon Zoo has the good fortune of being located on some of the city's highest ground, but it also had a disaster plan for the animals that worked better than the city's plan for humans.

Irish Coral Reefs Bulldozed by Deep-Sea Trawlers
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Deep-sea fishing trawlers are bulldozing 4,500 year-old cold water coral reefs off western Ireland, a British marine biologist said on Monday. Dr Jason Hall-Spencer, of the University of Plymouth in southern England, estimated that about 40 percent of the coral reefs had been destroyed.

Iran Seeks to Save Rare Cheetahs
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press

Two groups of rare Asiatic cheetahs were spotted in central Iran during recent months, raising hopes that one of the world's fastest moving creatures could be saved from extinction, a conservation official said Saturday.

Pumping Water Out of New Orleans Will Take Weeks, Possibly Longer
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Once beautiful New Orleans could be facing at least a month, possibly much more, before all the flood waters from Hurricane Katrina and ruptured levees can be pumped out. Lowering the water level a foot ( 0.3 meters) per day was called an optimistic estimate on Friday, depending on how much of the pumping capacity can be restored and whether any more storms complicate the work.

Ecology Professor at Home in Straw House
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Glen Adams, Associated Press

Miles off the paved highway and at the end of a long, bumpy driveway that cuts deep into the woods, Mick Womersley puts the finishing touches on his solar panel-topped home. It's not your ordinary rural dwelling, even one designed to be ecologically sound.

Too Many People in Nature's Way, Experts Say; 'We Think We're Safe and We're Not'
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

The dead and the desperate of New Orleans now join the farmers of Aceh and the fishermen of Trincomalee, villagers in Iran and the slum dwellers of Haiti in a world being dealt ever more punishing blows by natural disasters. It's a world where Americans can learn from even the poorest nations, experts say, and where they should learn not to build future settlements like the drowned old metropolis on the Mississippi.

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