Fake Grass, No-Watering Rules -- Such is Life across the Drought-Plagued West
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Angie Wagner, Associated Press

Roy Rogers probably never rode on it, but now he's buried under it -- a lush carpet of fake grass. Life in the West is full of changes people hardly even notice anymore -- watering schedules, desert landscaping and limits on how often you can wash your car in the driveway.

Companies Invest in Fish-Farming Project
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Maine company and its Virginia partner are investing $30 million in a project to raise the saltwater game fish cobia, which is growing in popularity in restaurants and supermarkets.

Rebel Poachers Could Wipe Out Hippos in Congo Park
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hippos at a national park in Congo's war-torn east could be wiped out by the end of the year unless action is taken to stop rebel militia slaughtering them for their meat and ivory, conservationists said.

Fewer Pollinators Mean Trouble for Crops
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

This is a story about the birds and the bees and reproduction. No, not that story. It's about plants. Most plants need to be pollinated by birds, bees, bats and other animals and insects to reproduce. And scientists say a decline in pollinators may spell trouble for crops.

California Presents Plan to Save Salton Sea
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Christina Almeida, Associated Press

After two years of often intense debate and research, state officials have finished an environmental report providing 10 alternatives to help save the Salton Sea, California's largest lake.

Fight Over Chimps Enters New Chapter
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Elizabeth White, Associated Press

The court-appointed caregiver entrusted with Primarily Primates, a sanctuary holding an estimated 800 monkeys, chimps, jungle cats and other animals, says that everywhere she turns, another horror pops out:

Hard Times for Wildlife in Zimbabwe
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Angus Shaw, Associated Press

The economic chaos engulfing Zimbabwe is decimating the country's once teeming wildlife, according to a conservation group, which painted a grim picture of nature reserves staffed by poorly trained rangers who cruelly kill the animals they are meant to protect.

Greens Eye Comeback for American Bison
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The seven bison on display in a fenced enclosure here hardly evoke the teeming hordes that once stretched to the horizon. But some ecologists hope that they can reintroduce bison to the wild in parts of the American West.

Pennsylvania Moves to End Cruelty at Puppy Mills
October 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

Pennsylvania unveiled measures Tuesday to crack down on commercial kennels that breed dogs in inhumane conditions across a state that has one of the biggest concentrations of so-called puppy mills in the United States.

Oregon Airport De-Icing System Harms Fish
October 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A $31 million system designed to collect runoff from de-icing fluid sprayed on planes at Portland International Airport in winter is causing problems for fish.

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