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Ozone-Friendly Chemicals Lead to Warming
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Cool your home, warm the planet. When more than two dozen countries undertook in 1989 to fix the ozone hole over Antarctica, they began replacing chloroflourocarbons in refrigerators, air conditioners and hair spray.

Norway Whalers Land Only Half of Quota
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Norwegian whalers harpooned only half their quota of 1,052 minke whales in 2006, prompting hunt opponents to say that Norwegian demand for eating the meat had sunk.

Snake Harvest Threatens Cambodian Lake
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Denis D. Gray, Associated Press

Deep inside a flooded forest oozing with wildlife, Ly Vy pries another struggling creature from a gill net, whacks its head against the side of his skiff and adds it to a coiled heap that will add to the world's largest snake harvest.

Bacteria Warnings Hit N.H., Maine Coast
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Maine officials as of late July had issued more beach closures and advisories than they had for all of last summer. There were high bacteria counts at several southern Maine beaches even though the area did not get significant rainfall.

Singapore Turns to Biodiesel to Fight Rising Fuel Costs
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Jessica Jaganathan, Reuters

Singapore is well placed to develop a biodiesel industry as it has easy access to palm oil, a key biodiesel ingredient, from its neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia. Both countries together produce about 80 percent of the world's palm oil supply.

Grey Jays Hit by Warming as Birds' Freezer Fails
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Grey jay birds that store frozen food to help survive icy winters are dying out in parts of North America because global warming is rotting their hoards, a scientist said.

Food, Biofuels Could Worsen Water Shortages, Report Says
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Surging demand for irrigation to produce food and biofuels is likely to aggravate scarcities of water but the world's supply is not running out, an international report said on Monday.

Carbon Cards: Lifeline for Planet or Big Brother?
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Issuing every citizen with an electronic card to encourage them to reduce energy use is one of the most radical ideas for curbing reliance on fossil fuels, widely blamed for global warming.

Malaysia's Development Race Puts Mangroves at Risk
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Clarence Fernandez, Reuters

Malaysia's scramble for rich country status threatens its mangroves unless the government puts teeth in its plans to protect the rich wetlands that offer a home to marine life and help block extreme weather.

Scientists Call for Radical Action to Ease Water Scarcity
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists on Monday called for radical action to improve global water management, saying one-third of the world's population faces water scarcity.

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