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Owls Use Dung to Fish for Beetles and Other Stories
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Megan Mansell Williams & Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Owls are tool-users, a new study finds. Douglas Levey and his colleagues at the University of Florida in Gainesville suspected burrowing owls (Athene cuniculari) of collecting dung to lure in their favorite food: dung beetles. After all, their front stoops were coated in the feces of local mammals, and the owls' own droppings were full of beetle parts.

China's Energy Crisis Blankets Hong Kong in Smog
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Katie Hunt, Reuters

To gaze across Hong Kong's harbor at the city's glittering skyscrapers and soaring peaks is to take in one of the world's most spectacular urban vistas.

Spain Calls Out the Army to Fight Pesky Zebra Mussel
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Soldiers went underwater to battle a tiny but prolific new enemy, using spatulas and vacuum cleaners against mussels infesting Spain's mightiest river.

Death Toll Rises to More Than 700 in Floods in Haiti; Officials Estimate 250,000 Homeless
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Amy Bracken, Associated Press

U.N. peacekeepers fired into the air to keep a hungry crowd at bay Wednesday, as aid workers handed out bread, the first food in days for some in this city devastated by floods that have killed more than 700 people in Haiti.

Interpol-Style Effort Needed Against "Wildlife Mafia"
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Darren Schuettler, Reuters

Asia needs a new network akin to Interpol to fight a "wildlife mafia" and the illegal multi-billion dollar trade in animals and plants, environmentalists said this week.

Claims for Gulf Environmental Damage Are Exorbitant, Says Iraq
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters

Iraq accused Kuwait and other neighbors this week of inflating their already massive claims for environmental damage due to its 1990 invasion and the Gulf War. In a speech to the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), Iraq's delegation called for at least $49 billion of the $82 billion in alleged environmental losses to be rejected.

Coastal Villagers Told Not to Eat Shellfish After Toxic Algae Scare in Southern
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An outbreak of a destructive algae that killed thousands of fish in the southern India state of Kerala is receding, but people have been told to avoid eating some shellfish as a precaution.

Coming Soon: Gene-Engineered Insects
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Coming soon to a jungle near you: mosquitoes genetically engineered so they cannot give people malaria. But this time scientists want to do it right.

Mebane, N.C., foam insulation firm reduces landfill output to nearly nothing
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - By Kadi Hodges, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.

Armacell, a manufacturer of foam insulation, used to send millions of pounds of waste to the Orange Regional Landfill. But the light, porous foam created big problems, literally.

Virginia group helps industries, businesses find viable options for recycling
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - By John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va.

One company's trash may be another's treasure.

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