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Texas Expects to Fight Wildfires through April
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wildfires that have scorched some 455,000 acres in Texas are likely to keep burning until the end of April, the state's emergency management coordinator said Wednesday.

El Salvador Studies Mystery Deaths of Rare Turtles
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than 100 rare sea turtles have washed up dead on Pacific beaches in El Salvador this month, and scientists said they were struggling for an explanation.

Colombia to Eradicate Coca in National Park
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Luis Jaime Acosta, Reuters

Colombia's campaign to eradicate coca growing will move into one of the country's national parks for the first time with police planning to uproot the plant used to make coca in a jungle area defended by Marxist rebels.

Castro Announces Major Overhaul of Cuba's Electrical Grid
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Anita Snow, Associated Press

President Fidel Castro announced a long-awaited renovation of Cuba's energy system to combat blackouts that have afflicted the island nation for two summers running.

South African Environment Minister Holds More Talks about Elephant Culling
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

Ten elephant experts met Wednesday with South Africa's environment minister to discuss proposals to end a 10-year ban on culling the mighty mammals, which are one of the country's top tourist attractions but are threatening the delicate balance of nature.

Former Republican EPA Chiefs Accuse Bush of Neglecting Global Warming
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Six former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency -- five Republicans and one Democrat -- accused the Bush administration Wednesday of neglecting global warming and other environmental problems.

Animals Healthy at Jackson's Ranch, USDA Says
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Rest easy animal lovers: the giraffes, elephants, snakes, monkeys and other assorted wildlife at Michael Jackson's private zoo on his Neverland Valley Ranch in central California are fine.

Pollution-Cutting Infrared System for Aircraft Deicing Opens at Oslo Airport
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Europe's first aircraft deicing hangar using infrared heat rather than polluting chemicals opened at Oslo Airport-Gardermoen on Wednesday, airport officials said.

Drought Puts Kenya's Wildlife at Risk
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalla, Reuters

A severe drought which has left millions of people hungry across East Africa is now threatening Kenya's famous animals, which are straying out of protected areas in search of water, wildlife officials said.

New Law Forces Manufacturers to Pick up Recycling Costs
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Jerry Harkavy, Associated Press

A first-in-the-nation law went into effect Wednesday in Maine, requiring makers of televisions and computer monitors to pick up the tab to recycle and safely dispose of their products once they are discarded.

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