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Alligators Abound During Annual Florida Count
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

To the unaided eye, the swamp seems to sleep at night. But hit it with a spotlight and alligators suddenly appear everywhere, their bulbous red eyes glowing on the water's black surface.

U.N. Conference Backs Crackdown on Illegal Fishing
May 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Irwin Arieff, Reuters

Delegates to a U.N. conference reviewing a 1995 treaty aimed at protecting dwindling ocean fish stocks urged governments and regional fisheries managers Friday to intensify their efforts to crack down on illegal and unregulated catches.

Kyoto States to Discuss Post-2012 Cuts
May 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters

Countries that are signed up to the Kyoto Protocol reaffirmed plans on Friday to set new, tougher caps on greenhouse gas emissions after 2012, despite spreading scepticism about the environmental pact.

U.S. Senate Confirms Kempthorne to Head Interior
May 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Bush's nominee, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, as interior secretary Friday, after several lawmakers lifted procedural holds that allowed the vote to proceed.

Park a Marriage of Recreation, Filtration
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Christina Almeida, Associated Press

A small pocket of land on the banks of the Los Angeles River is working overtime, providing both recreational space to a crowded urban area and acting as a filter for garbage that would otherwise end up in the water.

Chesapeake Bay Underwater Grasses Rebound
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay were more plentiful again last year, with the important habitat-providing plants now covering about double the acreage they did when the survey began in 1984.

Giant Dams on Great Untamed River Spark Fears of Human Rights Abuses, Ecological Harm
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Denis D. Gray, Associated Press

They prayed separately but then joined together, Buddhist and Christian villagers, in vowing to fight the damming of their great untamed river which they fear will not only flood their native lands but draw violence, forced labor and relocation at gunpoint.

Drug Trade, Land Grabs Threaten Guatemala Rainforest
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Mica Rosenberg, Reuters

The ancient Mayans abandoned their monumental cities in Central America's jungles over a thousand years ago, and many blame their civilization's collapse on massive deforestation.

U.S. House Votes for Oil Drilling in Alaska Refuge
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday approved a plan to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Report Says Tropical Timber is Better Protected, Not Safe
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Developing nations have got far better at protecting rain forests over the past two decades but are a long way short of doing enough to save the crucial global resource, a new report said on Thursday.

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