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Controversy Over Padre Island Beach Access
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

A 9 1/2-mile-wide bay separates rural Willacy County from what surely must be paradise: Padre Island's isolated beaches, a nature retreat for bird watchers and what's considered some of the best sport-fishing in the country.

Huge U.N. Environment Summit Kicks off with Chemicals Treaty
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

A U.N.-sponsored conference opening in Dubai on Monday is expected to lure the largest-ever gathering of national environment ministers -- around 130 of them -- to discuss matters ranging from sustainable energy to eco-tourism.

Landmark Vermont Farm Tries Grass Pellet Heat
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - David Gram, Associated Press

It cost Shelburne Farms about $1,000 a year to mow grass that doesn't end up as hay for the animals and simply goes to waste. Now staff at the historic farm have come up with a use for it.

MIT Scientists Tracking Fish With Sonar
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A group of Boston-area scientists has come up with what they say is a better way of tracking and estimating fish populations, which in turn could change the way fishery regulators manage the resource.

New EPA Soot Limits Faulted by Scientists
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations on soot were criticized Friday as too weak by scientists advising the agency and as too politicized by health advocates and Democrats.

Report Suggests Cancer in Tasmanian Devils
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

A mysterious illness that has killed tens of thousands of Tasmanian devils is caused by cancerous tumors that are spread by ferocious squabbling among the carnivorous marsupials.

Road Salt May Be Sickening Alaska Pigeons
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Something is sickening pigeons in Juneau, making the birds lethargic and susceptible to attacks by ravens. A biologist and some birders suspect salt on Juneau's roads and sidewalks may be affecting pigeons.

Study Urges Action on Threatened Africa Predators
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A new study of Africa's most endangered carnivores has called for urgent action to save beasts such as the lion, cheetah and Ethiopian wolf from major threats to survival such as hunting and conflict with humans.

Tanker Runs Aground in Alaska, Spills Oil Products
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

An oil tanker carrying nearly 5 million gallons of oil and gasoline was struck by an ice floe while loading at an Alaska refinery and ran aground Thursday, causing a small spill.

Preparing for Oil Spills in Norway’s Arctic Waters
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Claire Doole, WWF International

Concerns about high oil prices and instability in the Middle East have meant that the Arctic — home to a quarter of planet’s untapped oil and natural gas — has become one of the final frontiers for natural resource exploration and exploitation.

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