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China Says Grain Output Hits Record High
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China's total grain harvest for 2005 was expected to reach a record 484 million tons, state media reported Thursday, as rising yields make up for losses of land to erosion and construction.

Experts Say British Ladybugs in Danger
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Rashi Khilnani, Associated Press

British ladybugs are in danger of being overrun by insects from Central and Southeast Asia that are encroaching on their food supply, experts said.

More than a Million Face Extreme Food Shortages in Ethiopia
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press

More than a million Ethiopian cattle herders face extreme food shortages after the failure of rains that normally replenish water sources and sustain livestock through the dry season.

ENN Weekly: December 26th - 30th
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN summarizes the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news December 26th - 30th: Japanese whalers prevailed, a dodo discovery, the costly quest for caviar and more.

Salt Tide Threatens Water Supplies in South China
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A severe drought in southern China's Guangdong province is letting sea water flow further up rivers than usual, contaminating fresh water with salt and disrupting normal supplies.

Nature Conservancy Pays $2.2 Million To Preserve Forestland in Maine
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - John Richardson, Portland Press Herald

The Nature Conservancy said that it paid $2.2 million to preserve nearly 10,000 acres of forestland in Maine, capping a busy year for groups working to conserve open spaces around the state.

Idaho Ranchers Can Kill Wolves Harassing Livestock
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

The image of a wolf howling at the moon has long embodied the American West, but that romantic symbol is about to get a taste of harsh reality in Idaho.

Biotech Crops Mark First Decade with Wins, Losses
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters

When Monsanto Co introduced the world to genetically modified crops a decade ago, the biotech advancement was heralded as the dawn of a new era that could reduce world hunger, help the environment and bolster struggling farmers.

Pricey Coffee Good to the Last Dropping
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Would you pay $175 for a pound of coffee beans which had passed through the backside of a furry mammal in Indonesia?

Zoo Boise Works on Plan for Environmental Education
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman

Ten Northwest zoos and aquariums have formed an alliance designed to help folks make smart choices that could protect species found in the Northwest.

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