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New Hope for Madgascar's Rare Birds
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Hunting and the destruction of forests have put many of Madagascar's rare bird species on the endangered list, but the government's drive to protect habitat may turn the tide, a leading scientist said.

Newest National Monument a Scenic Wonder, But Few Can Visit
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

The newest national monument boasts crystalline blue water, unspoiled islands with white sand beaches and vast reefs teeming with marine life. But the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands will never be a place visitors can see by just packing the kids into the car for a week.

India to Give Army Powers to Protect Wildlife
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalia, Reuters

India plans to enlist the army to help protect its threatened tiger population and other animals, giving soldiers the power to arrest or even shoot poachers, wildlife officials said on Monday.

Ethanol's Water Demands Cause for Scrutiny, Not Alarm
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Paul, Associated Press

City officials in Champaign and Urbana took notice when they heard that an ethanol plant proposed nearby would use about 2 million gallons of water per day, most likely from the aquifer that also supplies both cities.

Work Begins on Global Seed Bank on Arctic Island
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

Work began in the Arctic on Monday on building a global bank of crop seeds that scientists hope will prevent the extinction of unique species such as those lost in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Japan Wins Pro-Whaling Vote, First in Two Decades
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Christie, Reuters

Japan and other whaling nations Sunday for the first time in more than two decades got a whaling group to criticize a global whaling ban, signaling they might finally have the muscle to challenge the moratorium.

UAF Gets $1M to Study Sea Ice in Arctic
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A team of scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks have received more than $1 million in federal grant money to study how sea ice affects the movement of water in the Arctic Ocean.

America's National Parks Face Pressures
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Frank Bass and Rita Beamish, Associated Press

Glacier National Park is an island, a sanctuary from the outside world. For how long? To the west, subdivisions, vacation homes and large chain stores march toward its borders. To the north, bulldozers pause for the winter.

Coral Reef Ecosystem May Fight Illnesses
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Biomedical researchers who dove down nearly 3,000 feet to search a newly-discovered coral reef found treasures they say may help doctors fight cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses.

Photos Taken of 'Living Fossil' in Laos
June 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The first pictures showing a live specimen of a rodent species once thought to have been extinct for 11 million years have been taken by a retired Florida State University professor and a Thai wildlife biologist.

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