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New Multicolored Bird Found in India
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A new bird species has been found in India, the first time such a discovery has been made here in more than 50 years, an astronomer and keen bird watcher said Tuesday.

Earth Storms Lead to Space Storms, Scientists Say
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thunderstorms on Earth can lead to storms in the outer reaches of the atmosphere that disrupt radio transmissions and other electronic communications, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.

Manila Wants to Siphon Oil from Sunken Tanker
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

The Philippines wants to drill through the hull of a sunken tanker and siphon off its cargo of industrial fuel to curtail pollution washing up on the central island of Guimaras, disaster officials said on Tuesday.

Malaysia Denies Rain Forests Being Destroyed for Palm Oil Cultivation
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia pledged to preserve its tropical rain forests Wednesday despite efforts to expand palm oil cultivation for lucrative bio-fuel projects. Western activists warn that the palm oil industry in Malaysia was destroying large tracts of forests and encroaching on the habitats of endangered species.

Federal Royalties May Be Avoided on Part of Massive New Gulf of Mexico Oil Discovery
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Oil companies are under pressure to resolve flawed drilling leases that allow them to avoid federal royalty payments, including on oil from a major discovery in the Gulf of Mexico.

What It Takes to Drive on Vegetable Power
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Hill, Associated Press

As gas prices and anxiety about global warming rise, more people are bypassing the corner gas pump to run their cars on vegetable power. Kits are now available to retro-fit cars to run on vegetable oil, and biodiesel pumps are popping up in more and more places.

South African Environment Minister Issues Warning on Climate Change
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

Millions of Africans are at risk because of climate change, with rising global temperatures expected to lead to increased disease, drought and hunger, South Africa's environment minister warned Monday.

U.N. Sending Expert Team to Help Ivory Coast with Waste Cleanup
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The United Nations on Monday sent a team of three disaster management experts to Ivory Coast to help rid the country of toxic waste dumped in the city of Abidjan and blamed for the death of at least three children in recent weeks.

Smelting Plant Blamed for Poisoning Hundreds in China Reported Many Times
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A smelting plant in western China that poisoned hundreds of villagers by dumping lead into the air and water was repeatedly reported to local officials during its 10 years of operation, state media said Tuesday.

Don't Hurt Rays after Irwin Death, Officials Say
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australian authorities have urged fans of Steve Irwin not to attack stingrays after several rays were found dead since the TV naturalist was killed in a rare fatal attack by one of the normally placid animals.

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