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Foot-Thumping Roo Tape Could Be Aussie Farmers Hit
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australian farmers could protect crops and property from mobs of wild kangaroos by scaring them off with the thumping sound of the animals' own large feet on the ground, a new study said.

Pacific Islanders Move To Escape Global Warming
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Rising seas have forced 100 people on a Pacific island to move to higher ground in what may be the first example of a village formally displaced because of modern global warming, a U.N. report said Monday.

Low Funding Slows Va. Oyster Restoration
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Limited federal funds and a dearth of baby oysters will slow efforts at restoring native oysters in Virginia's waters. While Congress recently approved just more than $1 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to pursue oyster restoration work in 2006, it is the smallest allocation since 2003.

Scientists Discover New Hydrothermal Vents
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Scientists exploring the world's sea floor have discovered new super-hot, mineral-rich geysers belching from the southern Atlantic, Arctic and Indian oceans.

Movie Star Leonardo DiCaprio To Produce Environmental Documentary
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

He showed up at the Oscars in a hybrid car and lobbied loudly for worldwide access to clean water. Now actor-activist Leonardo DiCaprio is making a documentary about global environmental issues. He has started production on "11th Hour," a feature-length film that explores global warming and offers solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems, publicist Keleigh Thomas said Monday.

On Beyond Organic: Junk Food in Hospitals?
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Does the image of a fast food restaurant in a school bother you? How does going out for a bacon double cheeseburger and some fries at your nearest children’s hospital sound? Astoundingly, 24 percent of pediatric hospitals in North America have a fast food outlet in them according to a recent study by Canadian health experts.

Scientists to Study Acid Rain, Smokies
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists plan to study soil this spring in high elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- the area most affected by acid rain and other environmental problems, officials say.

Endangered Siberian Tiger, Other Rare Species, at Risk from Chinese Chemical Spill
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Burt Herman, Associated Press

It's time for Volya the tiger to open wide and say "ahhh" so experts can see how the 1 1-2-year-old cub is recovering from an operation that saved her life after she was shot in the head by poachers who killed her mother.

U.N. Talks Seen Averting Deadlines for Climate Pact
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

U.N. climate talks in Canada are likely to avoid setting a target date for agreeing a successor for the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, disappointing environmentalists who want a 2008 deadline, delegates said Monday.

Brazil Government Announces 31 Percent Drop in Amazon Destruction
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Vivian Sequera, Associated Press

The Amazon rain forest lost 7,300 square miles -- an area more than half the size of Maryland -- but deforestation slowed by nearly a third this year, Brazilian officials said Monday.

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