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Countries to Agree to Save Ape Habitats
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Anjan Sundaram, Associated Press

Nearly two dozen countries were to commit themselves Friday to saving primate habitats and stopping poaching in a historic push to protect the world's dwindling great ape populations.

Mexico Beats Deadline for Eliminating Ozone-Depleting Chemicals
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press

Mexico has stopped producing ozone-depleting chemicals four years before a deadline set by an international agreement, Mexican Environment Secretary Jose Luis Luege Tamargo announced Friday.

Captive Breeding Seen as Lifeline for Amphibians
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Amphibian experts are likely to urge captive breeding to slow a catastrophic rate of extinctions threatening a third of all species of frogs and salamanders, a leading scientist said.

California Farmers Want Classification for 'Sustainable' Produce
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

Shoppers who are attracted to organic fruit and vegetables but put off by their often steep prices may soon have a less expensive alternative in sustainable produce.

Forest Service Proposal Would Speed Up Grasslands Oil Drilling
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Dale Wetzel, Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service will propose regulations to shorten the environmental reviews of small oil-drilling projects in national grasslands, an Agriculture Department official said Friday.

World Seen Winning Battle of Water Scarcity
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

The world is gradually winning its battle to overcome drinking water shortages through better resource management, an international conference on rivers held in Australia last week heard.

U.S. Agriculture Department Killed One Million More Animals in 2004 than in 2003
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

The government killed more than 2.7 million animals considered public nuisances last year, including wild turkeys and chickens, black bears, coyotes and wolves.

California Business, Environmental and Government Leaders Forge Action Plan to Protect Habitat and Guide Growth
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

California business and environmental leaders have laid important groundwork for the healthy growth of communities around the state.

Bermuda Wary of Island's Development Boom
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Carol J. Williams, Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

In a rare collective pause for reflection, the people of this prosperous mid-Atlantic island are debating whether they want to bust their own boom.

Swiss Reinsurance Co. Doubles Katrina Claim Estimate
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press

Swiss Reinsurance Co., the world's second-largest reinsurance company, on Monday doubled to $40 billion its estimate of claims the global insurance industry will face from Hurricane Katrina -- a figure that would make it the world's costliest hurricane ever.

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