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Farmers' Almanac Warns of Temperature Fluctuations
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Jerry Karkavy, Associated Press

Get your sweaters, mittens and hats ready. The Farmers' Almanac warns that the coming winter will bring unusually sharp fluctuations in temperature, and says readers "may be reminded of riding a roller, or in this case, 'polar' coaster."

Thai Elephant Fitted With Prosthesis
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Thai elephant that attracted worldwide attention when its foot was amputated after it stepped on a land mine has been fitted with a temporary prosthesis, a wildlife conservation worker said Sunday.

India Moves on River Plan, Critics Warn of Disaster
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Terry Friel, Reuters

Two key states have agreed to start the first stage of a $200 billion plan to link India's rivers, a scheme critics condemn as a recipe for ecological disaster and violence from those it will force from their homes.

Researcher Can Make All-White-Meat Chicken
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Soraya Nadia McDonald, Associated Press

Daniel Fletcher has found a way to transform dark meat chicken into white, a scientific advance some purists say has gone too far. Fletcher, a University of Georgia poultry science professor, said his other white meat isn't designed to compete with the real thing on restaurant menus or grocery shelves.

Millions of Idled Acres Getting Another Look
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Clayton, Omaha World-Herald

Agriculture, wildlife and conservation groups expect a conference next week in St. Louis to be where the U.S. Department of Agriculture lays out its plan for dealing with vast amounts of land contracts in the Conservation Reserve Program.

Brazil's Salgado Turns His Camera to Nature, Tribes
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Maria Pia Palermo, Reuters

Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has shown the world the face of poverty, the tragedy of famine and the sweat of hard labor. Now Mother Nature is attracting the world-renowned master of black-and-white stills.

Bruce Babbitt Calls for More Dams To Cope with Global Warming's Effects
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times

California should build more dams and reconsider building a highly controversial peripheral canal, a key architect of the state's decade-old Delta water plan said Thursday. Bruce Babbitt, who served as Interior Secretary during the Clinton administration, said the state has to worry not only about an aging infrastructure and a growing population, but also the fact that the state's water supplies will be sorely stretched by the effects of global warming.

Analysts See Katrina as `Perfect Storm' for Already High Energy Prices
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Justin Bachman, Associated Press

With crude oil prices already near record levels, Hurricane Katrina targeted the heart of America's oil and refinery operations Sunday, shutting down an estimated 1 million barrels of refining capacity and sharply curbing offshore production in the region.

Bush Administration Encourages Its Agencies To Find Partners for 'Cooperative Conservation'
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The White House is playing environmental matchmaker, encouraging odd couples such as the Nature Conservancy and the Pentagon as they team to save wild birds and military training ranges.

Florida Citrus Growers Face an Urban Future
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger

Florida's farmers and ranchers will have to find other sources of revenue from their land if they hope to survive in an increasingly urban state. Fortunately, the state's rapid urbanization also offers opportunities for other revenue sources in the form of "green payments" for conserving land in an environmentally friendly manner.

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