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China to Let Tourists Hunt Endangered Species
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China is to auction licences to foreigners to hunt wild animals, including endangered species, a newspaper said on Wednesday. Hunting of animals is popular with Chinese who like to eat exotic meats or use animal parts in medicines for their perceived aphrodisiac or medicinal properties.

Gray Birds Cover 40,000 Miles Annually
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sooty shearwaters may not look like much, but when it comes to travel they put marathoners, cyclists and pretty much everyone else to shame.

Giant Panda Gives Birth to Giant Cub
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A giant panda has broken two records in China by giving birth to the heaviest cub born in captivity after the longest period in labour, an exhausting 34 hours, Xinhua news agency said.

Environmentalists Say Logging Companies Committing Rights Abuses
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Multinational logging companies operating in Papua New Guinea are involved in widespread human rights abuses, political corruption and the brutal suppression of workers, environmentalists alleged Monday.

U.S. Sees No Gasoline Shortages from Lost Alaska Oil
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

U.S. motorists will not face shortages of gasoline because of BP Plc's shutdown of its giant Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska, even though pump prices may rise, the government's energy forecasting agency said Monday.

After Alaska Disruption, Governors Criticize National Energy Policy
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Robert Tanner, Associated Press

Governors worried about damage to the economy and complained about years of neglect on energy policy after an Alaska oil field shutdown, but offered far different solutions on Monday.

Hundreds Watch 'Corpse Flower' Bloom
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of visitors filed through a Virginia Tech greenhouse to get a glimpse, and a whiff, of a powerfully malodorous "corpse flower" as it bloomed. The plant emits a stench to attract decaying flesh-eating beetles, flies and sweat bees for pollination.

Manure, Buses Seen Helping Curb Global Warming
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Manure and buses are among promising areas for investment under a U.N. project in the Third World aimed at combating global warming, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.

Florida Manatee Takes Rare New York Tour
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Marine preservationists said a manatee had swam up the Hudson River past Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and then 100 miles upstate. It was the first confirmed sighting of the mammal in New York in 10 years.

Judge Cuts Award for California Dry Cleaning Pollution
August 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A $175 million jury verdict awarded to the city for water contamination from dry cleaning chemicals was reduced by a San Francisco Superior Court judge to $13 million, a clerk said.

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