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British Zoologist Replaces Controversial Danish Researcher as Head of State Environmental Agency

Peter Calow, a British zoologist, was appointed the head of a Danish environmental agency on Thursday, replacing Bjoern Lomborg, a maverick Danish researcher who made his name playing down the threat of global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Iraq Struggles to Keep Rebuilding Hopes Alive

Iraqis were promised billions of dollars in mainly American aid to rebuild their country after last year's U.S.-led invasion, but mounting violence has choked reconstruction spending to almost nothing. >> Read the Full Article

China's FM to Visit Iran and Discuss Nuclear Issue

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, deeply involved in efforts to end the North Korean nuclear standoff, will visit Iran later this week and discuss the Islamic republic's own nuclear crisis. >> Read the Full Article

U.K. Queen's Green Credentials Win Eco-plaudits

When Queen Elizabeth opened a conference on global warming in Berlin this week, it shone a spotlight on her own efforts to keep Britain green. >> Read the Full Article

Amphibians Are Threatened Worldwide and Other Stories

Frogs and their relatives are in deep trouble. According to a new study published in the journal Science, one-third of the world’s amphibians are declining due to disease, climate change, and habitat loss. Of the 5,743 known species, 1,856 are considered globally threatened in the wild. Up to 168 may be extinct. >> Read the Full Article

Britons Make Seal Pup Rescue a Part-time Passion

A stocky British construction surveyor appears an unlikely savior for three plump bundles of white fur named Rush, Nettle, and Sweetpea. >> Read the Full Article

Britain Hopes to Push U.S. on Climate Change, Says Adviser

Britain hopes it can exert influence on reelected President George W. Bush and push the United States to do more to combat climate change, the British government's chief scientist said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Africa Must Boost Use of Water Resources to Combat Food Shortages and Poverty, Says U.N.

Africa needs to step up the use of its abundant water resources to boost farm productivity and combat persistent poverty and food shortages, a United Nations official said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Experts Call for Cleaning Up of Bhopal Plant Where Gas Leak Killed Thousands of People in 1984

Experts on Thursday urged the removal of thousands of tons of toxic waste from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in central India, where a devastating gas leak killed 15,000 people 20 years ago. >> Read the Full Article

Beijing Is Facing "State of Emergency" from Filthy Air

China's capital is in "a state of emergency" because of air pollution, and one of the biggest polluters in the city, host of the 2008 Olympics, will slash production till the end of the year, state media said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article