U.S. Swaps Guatemalan Debt for Forest Protection
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The United States will forgive about 20 percent of the $122 million debt owed by Guatemala so the money can be used to protect threatened plants and wildlife, the government said Monday.

Proposed Border Fence Could Face Environmental Obstacles in Texas
October 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

Plans to build a fence along about 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) of the U.S. border with Mexico could mean the destruction of costly environmental restoration projects and could cut into lucrative tourism and cross-border spending in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere in South Texas.

U.S.-Mexico Border Fence May Harm Animal Migration
September 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Gaynor, Reuters

A plan to fence off a third of the U.S. border to stop illegal immigration from Mexico may harm migration routes used by animals including rare birds and jaguars, environmentalists and U.S. authorities warn.

Fishermen Say Seal Numbers Out of Control
September 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

In the waters and beaches off this Cape Cod town, the shiny scalps and whiskered snouts of the gray seal are everywhere. They bask in the sun, mug for boaters and, fisherman say, eat way too many fish.

Mexican Garter Snake in Danger
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An environmental group claims the Mexican garter snake is in danger of extinction after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to designate it as an endangered species.

Trash on Mont Blanc Prompts Calls to Limit Hikers
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters

Europe's tallest mountain is dirty and overcrowded, according to a French mayor who has ignited controversy with a proposal to limit the number of climbers on Mont Blanc.

Experts Say India, China Must Coordinate to Save Tigers
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

India and China must share intelligence and strengthen their enforcement agencies to crack down on organised criminal gangs that illegally trade tiger skins and parts, wildlife experts said on Wednesday.

Researchers See Rare Woodpecker in Florida
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Melissa Nelson, Associated Press

After spending months in remote northwest Florida swamps searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker, researchers say they have seen and heard the rare bird once believed to be extinct.

Judge Bans Snowmobiles to Protect Endangered Caribou in Northern Idaho
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A judge has declared nearly 470 square miles of national forest land in northern Idaho off-limits to snowmobiles in an effort to save the last mountain caribou herd in the contiguous 48 states.

Rwanda Plans to Import Rhinos to Boost Tourism
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Arthur Asiimwe, Reuters

Rwanda, home to a third of the world's mountain gorillas, plans to import up to 20 rhinos over the next 15 years to draw more tourists to the tiny central African country, a tourism official said on Tuesday.

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