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Southern Africa Faces Food, Water Crises - Study

Southern Africa faces major challenges to feed its swelling populations and to keep its wells from running dry, a new study shows. >> Read the Full Article

India's Kashmir Govt to Fight Ban on Shahtoosh Wool

India's Jammu and Kashmir state plans to fight a global ban on the trade in super-fine shahtoosh wool, which environmentalists say is produced by killing a rare Tibetan antelope. >> Read the Full Article

Pond Suspected Link in Chain of Bird Flu Infection in Cambodia

The latest outbreak of bird flu in Cambodia may have originated from pond water containing the droppings of infected wild birds, a senior agriculture official said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Challenge Rules Allowing Fewer Reviews of Pesticides' Impact on Endangered Species

Environmental groups went to court Thursday against Bush administration rules that allow the use of new pesticides with fewer checks on how they affect endangered species. >> Read the Full Article

Federal Plan Would Cut Back Bull Trout Habitat

A recovery plan being finalized this week would sharply reduce the amount of federally designated critical habitat for the threatened bull trout in three Western states and eliminate federal requirements for such habitat in Montana. >> Read the Full Article

New UN Talks Bid to Save Fish, Plants and Timber

Long a forum for protecting endangered species like whales or tigers, a U.N. meeting in Bangkok next month will seek a wider role in regulating the billion-dollar trade in timber, fish and medicinal plants. >> Read the Full Article

China Puzzles Over Mountain of Waste Appliances

China is figuring out what do do with a mountain of electronic waste as more and more computers and other appliances find their way on to the garbage heap, the Xinhua news agency says. >> Read the Full Article

Plan Would Turn Farmland Back to Marshes and Mudflats for Salmon Runs at Washington Wildlife Refuge

A 15-year plan would restore salt marshes and mudflats for migrating salmon at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, more than 100 years after the farmland was drained and diked. >> Read the Full Article

Biotech Grass 'Gene Flow' Underscores Growing Concern

California rice farmers are worried Japanese customers will boycott their products if genetically engineered rice is allowed into the state. >> Read the Full Article

Pollination fears prompt FDA to launch intensive study of bioengineered grass

Alarmed by new research showing that pollen from genetically modified grass can spread for miles, federal regulators are questioning the environmental safety of moving biotechnology into golf courses and suburban lawns. >> Read the Full Article