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An End to Dead-Fish Dumps Signals a Step toward a Healthier Hood Canal

The eggs were valuable. The filets were not. When Skokomish tribal fishermen couldn't profit from the tons of chum salmon they caught, they threw most of the dead fish into Hood Canal, where they figured crabs would eat them. >> Read the Full Article

Rains Prompt Rare Wildflower Display in Death Valley

A rare burst of color is softening the stark landscape of Death Valley, with clusters of purple, pink and white wildflowers dotting the black basalt mountainsides and great swaths of golden blooms bordering the blinding white salt flats on the valley floor. >> Read the Full Article

Thailand Seeking Water from Neighbors to Ease Drought

Thailand is negotiating with neighboring countries to divert water from rivers flowing through their territory to help ease severe seasonal droughts, officials said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Call on World Bank to Abandon Laotian Dam Project

About 100 environmental activists and villagers burned an effigy of World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn in the Thai capital Monday, demanding that the bank scrap a US$1.3 billion (euro969 million) dam project in neighboring Laos. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Issuing New Rules on Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

The Bush administration planned to issue the nation's first regulations to cut mercury pollution from electric utilities Tuesday, relying on a market trading system that gives companies 15 years to reduce it nearly by half. >> Read the Full Article

South African Poachers, Police Wage Battle over Threatened Delicacy

As the police trucks round a bend on the white-sand beach, two surprised wetsuit-clad divers race from the water's edge and sprint up a sandy hillside. The police give chase, disappearing into heavy brush, then return with their hands clamped on the shoulders of one of the panting divers. >> Read the Full Article

Embattled Zimbabwe Farmers Find New Africa Fields

White Zimbabwean farmers driven from their land are setting up again elsewhere in Africa, saying they are revolutionizing farming where they settle -- but some locals are already beginning to resent the new arrivals. >> Read the Full Article

Female Owl Goes on 150-Mile Trek for Mate

A female ferruginous pygmy owl took a 150-mile crisscross trek across the Sonoran Desert to search for a mate, a journey about seven times longer than any previously recorded by state researchers monitoring the endangered birds. >> Read the Full Article

Ministers from 20 Countries Meet in London to Discuss Climate Change

The United States repeated its objection to the Kyoto climate change treaty Tuesday, as ministers from 20 countries gathered in London for a conference on global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Smog-Busting Inventors Get Nation's Highest Technology Award

Three scientists who helped this car-crazy world breathe a whole lot easier have been given the nation's highest technology award. >> Read the Full Article