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Conference Studies How to Make Biodiversity Pay off for Africa
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Jerome Delay, Associated Press

Organized by Conservation International, a Washington-based environmental group, a five-day conference of more than 400 delegates will examine how to use Africa's unmatched biodiversity to ease poverty and lay a foundation for sustainable development.

Scientists Take Cues from Nature to Solve Tech Problems
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Scientists in the field of biologically inspired design are looking at nature to help solve such stumpers. They argue that engineers can learn much from the world's most rigorous process: Evolution.

Free Fish Program Stocks Private Ponds
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Blank, Associated Press

Missouri officials won't let you have the new adoptees without a home that is clean, stable and built to last -- but they'll look the other way if you decide to pierce and fillet them.

Researchers Work on Alternative Jet Fuel
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Allison Linn, Associated Press

The spike in oil prices has prompted plenty of drivers to consider biodiesel-powered or hybrid cars for their daily commute, but what about that gas guzzler we use to fly across country?

New Hope for Madgascar's Rare Birds
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Hunting and the destruction of forests have put many of Madagascar's rare bird species on the endangered list, but the government's drive to protect habitat may turn the tide, a leading scientist said.

Newest National Monument a Scenic Wonder, But Few Can Visit
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

The newest national monument boasts crystalline blue water, unspoiled islands with white sand beaches and vast reefs teeming with marine life. But the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands will never be a place visitors can see by just packing the kids into the car for a week.

India to Give Army Powers to Protect Wildlife
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalia, Reuters

India plans to enlist the army to help protect its threatened tiger population and other animals, giving soldiers the power to arrest or even shoot poachers, wildlife officials said on Monday.

Ethanol's Water Demands Cause for Scrutiny, Not Alarm
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Paul, Associated Press

City officials in Champaign and Urbana took notice when they heard that an ethanol plant proposed nearby would use about 2 million gallons of water per day, most likely from the aquifer that also supplies both cities.

Work Begins on Global Seed Bank on Arctic Island
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

Work began in the Arctic on Monday on building a global bank of crop seeds that scientists hope will prevent the extinction of unique species such as those lost in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Japan Wins Pro-Whaling Vote, First in Two Decades
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Christie, Reuters

Japan and other whaling nations Sunday for the first time in more than two decades got a whaling group to criticize a global whaling ban, signaling they might finally have the muscle to challenge the moratorium.

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