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Amphibian Ark Planned to Save Frogs

Ponds and swamps are becoming eerily silent. The familiar melody of ribbits, croaks and chirps is disappearing as a mysterious killer fungus wipes out frog populations around the globe, a phenomenon likened to the extinction of dinosaurs. >> Read the Full Article

Costa Rica Probes Deaths of 500 Pelicans

Authorities in Costa Rica said Tuesday they are investigating the mysterious deaths of about 500 brown pelicans along the country's Pacific coast over the last five days but do not suspect bird flu was the cause. >> Read the Full Article

Australia and Finland's Leaders Agreed Nuclear Is Not Miracle Solution to Global Warming

Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Finland's President Tarja Halonen agreed Wednesday that nuclear energy was not a miracle solution to climate change during discussions about global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Caught Between Drought and Guns in Uganda

Drought cycles are coming more often to northeastern Uganda: every two years instead of every five. Residents could cope, if it wasn't for the bandits. An increasing number of Karamojong tribespeople are caught between the twin miseries of parched lands and insecurity at the hands of AK47-wielding raiders. >> Read the Full Article

Exxon Mobil's Tillerson Says Focus Is on Meeting Global Demand for Oil and Gas

Exxon Mobil Corp.'s CEO says the world's largest publicly traded petroleum company is not in any hurry to find alternatives to oil and gas. If anything, the company must scramble to keep up with rising global demand for fossil fuels. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Sue to Protect Marine Mammals

Two conservation groups sued the federal government Tuesday claiming marine mammal regulators are not doing enough to protect polar bears and walruses against the combined threat of oil and gas exploration and global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Sea Level Rise Could Hit Poor Countries Hard, Study Finds

Even a small rise in the world's sea levels, predicted as a result of global warming, could make environmental refugees of some 56 million people in developing countries, a World Bank economist said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Study Shows Bats Might Eat Birds

Bats, lauded for scooping up mosquitoes and other nasty pests but reviled for drinking blood and spreading rabies, now have another unpopular habit to live down -- it appears they eat songbirds, scientists said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

"Slum Tourism" Stirs Controversy in Kenya

A Japanese whaling ship and protest vessels have collided in the Southern Ocean, with the protesters saying they will next ram a Japanese factory ship, despite Australian calls for them to back off before someone is killed.It's the de rigeur stop off for caring foreign dignitaries. It reached a worldwide audience as a backdrop to the British blockbuster "The Constant Gardener". Any journalist wanting a quick Africa poverty story can find it there in half an hour. And now at least one travel agency offers tours round Kenya's Kibera slum, one of Africa's largest. >> Read the Full Article

China Fails to Meet Environmental Goals

China's environmental watchdog admitted Monday the country had failed to reach any of its pollution control goals for 2006 and had fallen further behind as the economy picked up speed. >> Read the Full Article