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Earliest Human-Ape Ancestor Found and Other Stories

The earliest common ancestor of modern humans and apes found to date has been unearthed in Spain. At 13 million years old, Pierolapithecus catalunicus appeared just after lesser apes such as gibbons went down a separate evolutionary path from orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans. >> Read the Full Article

US Military Taps Bugs and Weeds in War on Terror

Don't squash that bug! Cockroaches, beetles, spiders and worms may be the U.S. government's next line of defense in the war on terror. >> Read the Full Article

Global Warming Fight To Get Harder from 2012, Says U.N.

Fighting global warming will get tougher once the Kyoto protocol ends in 2012 and the world must try to get Washington involved in the long term, the head of the U.N. Environment Programme said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Aborigines Hope Camel Exports Will End Poverty

A group of Aborigines shelter from the blazing outback sun beneath a large desert oak, sipping strong bush tea and hungrily eyeing the camel meat burgers sizzling on the camp grill. >> Read the Full Article

World Conservation Union Says Bangkok Talks Boost Nature Protection Efforts

Scientists and officials strengthened efforts to forestall the extinction of thousands of species and protect the world's habitats in talks in Bangkok, but governments need to work harder to promote conservation, an international environment agency said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Automakers May Feel Pressure by CalPERS to Improve Emissions

California State Controller Steve Westly and CalPERS board member Sean Harrigan want the state's pension fund to lean on automakers to comply with ground-breaking new standards adopted by the state Air Resources Board to help curb global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Ontario Plans Renewable Energy for 100,000 Homes

Ontario plans 10 new energy projects that could supply power to 100,000 homes from renewable sources like wind, hydro and landfill biogas, the provincial government said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Maryland Governor's List of Surplus Property Alarms Environmentalists, Legislators

Gov. Robert Ehrlich wants to sell off land, buildings and other surplus state property in a plan that has alarmed environmentalists and led to a feud with Maryland's biggest and most influential newspaper, The (Baltimore) Sun. >> Read the Full Article

Flame Retardant PBDE Found in Lake Michigan, Adding to Concerns

Concentrations of a flame retardant banned by many European countries have been found in Lake Michigan and are increasing, adding to concerns over previous findings that the chemicals were showing up in supermarket foods and women's breast milk. >> Read the Full Article

Land Adjacent to California's Yosemite Park Bought by Conservation Group

A picturesque landscape of sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir trees adjacent to Yosemite National Park's western boundary near El Portal will be protected from development under a deal announced Monday. >> Read the Full Article