Amazon Deforestation Lowest Since 1991
October 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Tales Azzoni, Associated Press

Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest has declined to its lowest level since 1991 due to strict enforcement of environmental regulations, the Brazilian government said Thursday.

Wildlife Officials Plan Rescue for Manatee that Made It 700 Miles up Mississippi to Memphis
October 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Woody Baird, Associated Press

A misdirected manatee apparently swam 700 miles up the Mississippi River to a chilly harbor near Memphis' downtown riverfront, prompting rescue plans by wildlife officials.

Study Reveals More Sharks than Estimated Killed for Fin Soup
October 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Up to four times more sharks than previously thought are being slaughtered to fill the increasing demand for shark fin soup, scientists said on Wednesday.

Washington Landowners to Help Pygmy Rabbits
October 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Shannon Dininny, Associated Press

On a sprawling central Washington wheat farm, state and federal officials signed a landmark agreement Tuesday to create a "safe harbor" for reintroduction of the tiny Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.

Researchers Warn About Coral Reef Deaths
October 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Researchers warn that more than half of the world's coral reefs could die in less than 25 years, killed off by a deadly cocktail of rising sea temperatures, silt runoff from construction sites, algae and other toxic ingredients.

Indian UN Vet Treats Animal Victims of Lebanon War
October 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Alistair Lyon, Reuters

Amal al-Nimr flips a goat on its back in her muddy farmyard in south Lebanon to show the Indian vet how the shrapnel wound in its leg is healing.

Butterfly Tagging Sheds Light on Migrating Monarch
October 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

It is a delicate process but for Gayle Hall it is a labor of love: tagging monarch butterflies as part of a program to monitor the movements of one of nature's most celebrated migrants.

Researchers Abandon Monkey Experiments
October 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

A research center has dropped a controversial proposal to conduct medical experiments on up to 100 endangered African monkeys that are natural carriers of a form of the AIDS virus but do not get sick from it.

Research Mice Leaving NYC for Suburbs
October 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press

A group of 35 hospitals and medical schools in the New York metropolitan area have decided to relocate their research mouse-breeding and mouse-holding operations in a new building in Yonkers.

Critics say Easing Limits on Wetlands Development on U.S. Gulf Coast a Risk after Katrina
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

A plan to ease restrictions on developing the Mississippi Gulf Coast's federally protected wetlands is under fire from critics who say the proposal would leave a region hit hard by Hurricane Katrina even more vulnerable to flooding from another storm.

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