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Doctor Touts Vasectomies for Elephants
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Stephen Majors, Associated Press

At Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom, head veterinarian Mark Stetter demonstrates the 5-foot contraception tool for a procedure that he hopes will help control Africa's elephant population: vasectomies.

U.S. FDA Told to Watch Nanotech Products for Risks
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Lisa Richwine, Reuters

The growing number of cosmetics, drugs other products made using nanotechnology need more attention from U.S. regulators to make sure they are safe for humans and the planet, consumer and environmental groups told a government hearing Tuesday.

Global Warming Seen Pushing up Insurance Costs
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Global warming will push up insurance premiums in high-risk areas like coastal Florida and other hurricane-prone parts of the United States, an insurance company official said Tuesday.

Estonian President Names New Environment Minister
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Estonia's president named lawmaker Rein Randver as the country's new environment minister Tuesday after his predecessor resigned last week amid accusations of improper land deals.

Fungus Blamed for Washington Porpoise Deaths
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A microscopic fungus native to Australia and blamed for the death of people and animals in British Columbia is now linked to the deaths of porpoises and at least one cat in Washington state.

Groups Find Colorful Bird in Colombia
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauren Drake, Associated Press

A colorful bird new to science has been discovered in a previously unexplored Andean cloud forest, spurring efforts to protect the area, conservation groups have announced.

Asian Nations to Find Ways to Tackle Haze
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Southeast Asian environment ministers plan to meet soon to thrash out strategies to help Indonesia extinguish forest fires causing a choking smog across the region.

Climate Change May Hurt Asian Economies
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Hotter temperatures and higher sea levels could devastate Asian economies, displace millions of people and put millions more at risk from infectious disease, according to a climate change report released Monday.

From Burgers to Spinach, Food Chain is Vulnerable to Outbreaks
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

The recent outbreak of E. coli in spinach from California exposed a weakness in the nation's food chain: A system that quickly delivers meat, fruits and vegetables to consumers just as easily can spread potentially deadly bacteria.

Once All but Disappeared, Texas Bighorn Sheep Now Numerous Enough for Hunting
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

Bighorn sheep had all but disappeared about 50 years ago from the West Texas mountains where they once flourished. Now there are so many that they're being hunted.

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