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New Indonesian Tactic May Not Halt Mud Flow, Scientist Says

Indonesian plans to plug a mud volcano that has displaced more than 10,000 people by dropping clusters of concrete balls into it is unlikely to stop the flow, a Japanese scientist said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

South Africa Finalizes Lion Hunting Laws

South Africa's environment minister announced long-awaited restrictions on hunting Tuesday, declaring he was sickened by wealthy tourists shooting tame lions from the back of a truck and felling rhinos with a bow and arrow. >> Read the Full Article

Nine States Sue over Mercury Emissions, Questioning Rule on Cement Plants

Michigan and eight other states sued the Bush administration Tuesday, saying the White House failed to adequately regulate emissions of mercury and other pollutants at cement plants. >> Read the Full Article

River Run-Off Threatens Great Barrier Reef

Satellite images of Australia's Great Barrier Reef show that sediment from river run-off is threatening the reef at a greater rate than previously realised, Australia's peak scientific body said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Taiwan Rankled by China Litter Washing Up on Beaches

It's been decades since artillery shells landed on the strategic frontline island of Kinmen, at the height of the China-Taiwan civil war, but now a new battle rages as garbage from the Chinese mainland washes up on Kinmen's shore. >> Read the Full Article

Study Shows Yellowstone Air Quality Improves

Levels of carbon monoxide and certain particulate at the park's west entrance at West Yellowstone, the most popular winter gate, and Old Faithful, the most popular destination, still are "well below" national ambient air-quality standards and the air quality is good, according to a new study. >> Read the Full Article

Global Warming Scientist Is Encouraged

A top scientist in the study of climate change says she is optimistic about public understanding of the dangers of global warming. Susan Solomon, a scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was instrumental in developing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released earlier this month in Paris. >> Read the Full Article

New Zealand Unlikely to Allow Crippled Japanese Whaler into Its Waters

New Zealand is unlikely to allow a crippled Japanese whaling ship to enter its waters if it has to be towed to port for repairs, Conservation Minister Chris Carter said Tuesday. "They do have whale meat on board, it is a vessel that's currently unsafe -- and filled with rather nasty and toxic chemicals," Carter told reporters. >> Read the Full Article

Cheeky Macaques Adapt to Modern Life

Dubbed the world's second most successful primate, the world's twenty species of macaque monkeys are more widespread than any primates except humans, having migrated to Europe and Asia from Africa millions of years ago. >> Read the Full Article

Is the U.S. Near a Tipping Point on Global Warming?

U.S. policy on global warming seems headed for a tipping point, with politicians, business leaders and economists joining environmentalists to call for new laws to limit greenhouse gases that spur climate change. >> Read the Full Article