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U.S. Planet-Monitoring Satellites Need Upgrade

The U.S. satellite system that monitors Earth's environment and climate needs an urgent upgrade or scientists will lose much of their ability to predict events like hurricanes, according to a report released by the National Research Council Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Cambodia Says Asian, European Companies Are Flocking to the Country in Search of Oil

Scores of Asian and European companies have expressed an interest in tapping Cambodia's oil wealth, though it will be years before the country realizes the benefits from its offshore reserves, a government official said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Botswana Bushmen Fear Returning to Kalahari Reserve Despite Winning Landmark Court Order

The Bushmen of Botswana fear for their future, whether they return to ancestral lands in a national park or stay on the desolate reserves where they were forced to move. >> Read the Full Article

Mediterranean Countries Agree on Measures to Protect Dwindling Fish Stocks

Twenty-four nations whose fishing fleets ply the Mediterranean have pledged to help dwindling stocks with measures including nets that allow young fish to escape, a U.N. food agency said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Environment Ministers Lack Clout on Global Warming

Environment ministers lack power to lead a fight against global warming at a time when ever more governments portray climate change as one of the biggest threats to the planet, experts say. >> Read the Full Article

UAE Beats Americans' Environmental Harm

When it comes to squandering the earth's natural resources, residents of this desert land of chilled swimming pools, monster 4x4s and air-conditioned malls are on a par with even the ravenous consumption of Americans, according to the World Wildlife Fund. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Try to Save Rarest Creatures in the World

Scientists launched a bid on Tuesday to save some of the world's rarest and most neglected creatures from extinction. With an initial list of just 10, the programme will give last ditch conservation aid where to date there has been little or none. >> Read the Full Article

In New England, Questions Swirl over Mild Winter

This winter, which has been unusually warm on top of the mountain and across the U.S. Northeast, New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory is having some trouble with some of its systems, which just aren't designed for mild weather. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Firefighters to Help Hard-Pressed Australians

U.S. firefighters will help Australian crews tackle fierce bushfires advancing on towns in the country's southeast that have already blackened an area larger than Lebanon. >> Read the Full Article

Hindus Defy Pollution to Bathe in Ganges Festival

Hindu holy men brandishing spears and tridents charged into the sacred Ganges on Monday, after threats to boycott the world's largest religious festival over pollution failed to dent devotees' fervour. >> Read the Full Article