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War Disturbs Turtles in Unlikely Lebanese Refuge
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Alistair Lyon, Reuters

Ghost crabs scuttle along an empty beach in south Lebanon, but other predators have already eaten the last green turtle hatchlings of the season -- foxes driven from the hills by Israeli-Hezbollah fighting.

World Hits Annual Sustainable Resource 'Overshoot'
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

The world went into the ecological red on Monday -- meaning that for the rest of the year mankind will be living beyond its environmental means, scientists said. Ecological Debt Day or Overshoot Day, measures the point at which the consumption of resources exceeds the ability of the planet to replace them -- and it gets earlier every year.

U.S. Pet Lovers Send Dentistry to the Dogs
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandria Sage, Reuters

Welcome to the office of Anson Tsugawa, one of the 100-plus certified veterinary dentists around the world whose daily routine ranges from cleaning to capping canine teeth, root canals to reconstructing jaws.

Illegal Ivory Trade Prospers in Angola
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Cafe del Mar looks like any other expensive restaurant on Ilha de Cabo, the fashionable beach playground for foreigners and rich Angolans in Luanda. But it has a special attraction: a small but well stocked curio kiosk with neat rows of ivory carvings.

Mad Deer Disease May Spread With Saliva
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

Deer probably spread a brain-destroying illness called chronic wasting disease through their saliva, concludes a study that finally pins down a long-suspected culprit. The key was that Colorado researchers tested some special deer.

Malaysia's Air Worsens as Haze Spreads
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Pauline Jasudason, Associated Press

A choking, smoky haze spread to more areas in Malaysia on Thursday, with only five of the country's 51 monitoring stations reporting clean air as officials began distributing masks in the hardest-hit state, Sarawak.

Canada Says It Won't Rush to Set Emissions Targets
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Although Canada cannot meet its obligations for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases under the Kyoto protocol, the government will not rush to set new targets of its own, Environment Minister Rona Ambrose said Thursday.

Manufacturing Chemical May Hurt Thyroid, U.S. Study Says
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lisa Lambert, Reuters

Exposure to perchlorate, a widely used industrial chemical found in U.S. drinking water, may prevent some women's thyroid glands from functioning properly, a government study has found.

Scientist Warns of Species' Extinction
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As many as half the world's species may face extinction by 2100 because of pollution, climate change, human population growth and other influences, a renowned scientist dubbed "the father of biodiversity" told an audience here.

Fungus Causes Pumpkins to Develop Mold
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Halloween lovers hoping to create the perfect jack-o-lantern might want to shop carefully this year because of a pumpkin fungus that has put a dent in some crops.

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