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China to Spend Nearly A Billion Dollars to Repel Wetland Rats

China will target a 7.5 billion yuan ($934 million) fund at repelling an invasion of rats eating their way across fragile wetlands on the Tibetan plateau, the China Daily said on Friday. >> Read the Full Article

The Myths and Facts of Freshwater

(By Jamie Pittock) As thousands of participants gather in Mexico to attend the fourth World Water Forum, a multi-stakeholder meeting aimed at raising the awareness on international water issues and influencing water policy makers at the global level, they should know the myths and facts, and more importantly, practical solutions in addressing the planet’s water crisis. >> Read the Full Article

Mexican Biologist Discovers New Shark Species

A Mexican marine biologist has discovered a new shark species in the murky depths of Mexico's Sea of Cortez, the first new shark find in the wildlife-rich inlet in 34 years. >> Read the Full Article

The Myths and Facts of Freshwater -- a Guest Commentary

As thousands of participants gather in Mexico to attend the fourth World Water Forum, they should know the myths and facts, and more importantly, practical solutions in addressing the planet’s water crisis. >> Read the Full Article

Crude Oil Spills from Transit Line in Alaska

Crude oil spilled Thursday from a pipe transit line at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope, and dangerous fumes were preventing crews from cleanup work. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Urge Experiments on Barred Owls

With the decline of northern spotted owls at a crisis point, a group of scientists is urging the government to consider experiments that include killing some of the barred owls that have invaded spotted owl territory. >> Read the Full Article

Energy-Strapped Asian Countries Forced to Become More Efficient

Across Asia, soaring oil prices and unrelenting demand for energy are forcing companies and countries to become more energy efficient. >> Read the Full Article

Brazil Opens Chunks of Amazon Forest to Logging

Brazil's president Thursday approved a measure offering huge chunks of the Amazon jungle to timber companies that comply with tough restrictions aimed at preserving the world's largest rain forest. >> Read the Full Article

Rocker McCartney Takes to Ice to Save Canada Seals

Former Beatle Paul McCartney lay down on an ice floe next to a baby seal Thursday and pleaded with Canada to scrap an annual hunt that kills around 300,000 of the young animals. >> Read the Full Article

Warmer Temperatures Complicate Alaska's Iditarod

Warmer weather in Alaska has prompted organizers of the Iditarod Trail sled dog race to divert the famed contest to a route with enough snow. >> Read the Full Article