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Gators, Manatees, Vultures Share NASA Launch Site
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Alligators, manatees and vultures share Kennedy Space Center with space shuttle Discovery, so for more than 40 years NASA has had to adjust to launching rockets in the middle of a national wildlife refuge.

Pacific Mangroves Disappearing under Rising Seas
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Global warming could lead to the destruction of more than half the mangrove wetlands of some Pacific islands, wiping out or reducing marine breeding grounds that support multi-million dollar fisheries, a UN report says.

EPA Orders Phase-Out of Dry Cleaning Chemical
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it was tightening rules for the nation's 28,000 dry-cleaning businesses that use perchloroethylene, or perc.

Biotech Playing Role in Clothing Industry
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

Biotechnology is quietly playing a growing role in an apparel industry waking up to its customers' concerns about the environment and the country's reliance on the foreign oil used to make synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon.

G8 Draft Highlights Deep Split over Nuclear Energy
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

A draft G8 communique on "Global Energy Security", expected to be approved at a summit in Russia this weekend, highlights a deep split on the issue of nuclear energy among the world's most powerful economies.

Meerkats Offer Paws-On Lessons to Young
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

It's hardly algebra or physics, but meerkats have been observed actively teaching their young, something not often seen in animals in the wild.

Finches on Galapagos Islands Evolving
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Finches on the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin to develop the concept of evolution are now helping confirm it -- by evolving.

Huge California Fire Sweeps toward Resort Town, Forest
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

A massive California wildfire marched toward a mountain resort town and a parched national forest Thursday, threatening to combine with a second blaze in what state officials called a "very critical" situation.

U.N. Adds 18 Sites to Heritage List, but Not Everest
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Darius James Ross, Reuters

Mediaeval crusader castles in Syria and ancient irrigation systems in Oman were among 18 new cultural and natural sites added to the U.N.'s World Heritage list this week, officials said on Thursday.

Researchers Hope to Foster Fish Farming in Georgia
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

Fort Valley State University aquaculture specialist Pat Duncan says fish harvesting from the oceans is at a maximum and fisheries that are depleted are unlikely to recover.

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