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Scientists Hope for Kangaroo Contraceptive
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Scientists are hoping to develop an oral contraceptive for female kangaroos that will keep pouches empty as they hop around the national capital's grassy fringes.

Norway's First Hydrogen Fueling Station Opens
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Norway's first hydrogen filling station for motor vehicles opened Tuesday as a step in creating a clean-air highway in southern Norway.

Ozone Layer on the Mend but Recovery Delayed, U.N. Says
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The earth's ozone layer is finally on the mend after decades of damage, two U.N. agencies reported. However, they said the protective layer, which filters dangerous solar radiation, was recovering more slowly than experts had originally hoped.

France Winds Up Bear Repopulation Effort
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

French wildlife officials released a fifth bear in the Pyrenees, the final step in a program to repopulate the region in southwestern France, the Environment Ministry said Tuesday.

New Alliance Seeks to Fight Water Sector Corruption
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Water experts and businesses teamed up on Tuesday to fight corruption feared to be siphoning off billions of dollars from projects to supply drinking water to the Third World.

China to Spend US$125 Billion to Improve Water Facilities, Combat Pollution
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Gillian Wong, Associated Press

China will spend 1 trillion yuan (US$125 billion; euro100 billion) to improve water treatment and recycling facilities over the next five years as part of efforts to fight the mounting threat of urban water pollution, officials said Tuesday.

Experts Say Snail Venom May Have Benefits
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed White, Associated Press

Venom from an ocean snail may have benefits for people with addictions, depression and Parkinson's disease, University of Utah researchers reported Monday.

Drought, Water Worries Cloud Skies for U.S. Farmers
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Christine Stebbins, Reuters

As the United States bakes in one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, drought from the Dakotas to Arizona through Alabama has sharpened the focus of farmers on their lifeline: water.

Judge Rejects Bush Plan to Log in Sequoia National Monument
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

A federal judge blocked a Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.

Scientists Issue Second Coral Warning Due to High Caribbean Sea Temperatures
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists issued a warning Tuesday that temperatures in the Caribbean Sea were abnormally high and approaching levels that could be disastrous for coral reefs -- many of which suffered unprecedented die-offs last year due to hot waters.

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