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U.N. Conference Votes to Regulate Perfume Wood

A U.N. conference voted on Wednesday to regulate global trade in agarwood, a fragrant wood highly coveted for perfumes in the Middle East and traditional medicines in Asia. >> Read the Full Article

Shell Cuts Back on Nigerian Oil Following Pipeline Fire

Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell said this week it was cutting back its Nigerian oil production by 20,000 barrels a day, following a leak and a fire on a major pipeline transporting crude oil to its export terminal in the Niger Delta. >> Read the Full Article

Bushmeat Trade Is Flourishing in "Hot Spots," Says Report

The market for the meat of animals killed illegally is flourishing in Kenya's capital Nairobi, one of many "hot spots" for a trade that is a serious threat to wild fauna, a report said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Environmental Group Draws Attention to 1872 Law by Threatening to Mine Posh Subdivision

An environmental group has staked claim to 20 acres of public land next to a posh subdivision to show just how antiquated the nation's mining laws are. >> Read the Full Article

Thailand Shows There Is No Easy War Against Wildlife Crime

With an AK-47 assault rifle slung over his shoulder, Sompong Prajobjan roamed one of Thailand's lush national parks for more than a decade. >> Read the Full Article

Biologists Call for Action to Protect Tropical Forests

Fearful that growing pressure for development could cause the loss of vital plants and animals, biologists and conservationists are trying to rally new interest in protecting tropical forests and the keys they may hold for vital medicines. >> Read the Full Article

Lava Oozes Out of Mount St. Helens

Lava has begun to ooze out of Washington state's Mount St. Helens, building up the lava crust in the volcano's crater, government scientists said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Say Food Poisoning Killed at Least 16,000 Pink Flamingoes in Tanzania

Unusually high levels of toxins in algae may have killed at least 16,000 pink flamingoes nesting near two northeastern Tanzanian lakes between July and August, scientists said in a report. >> Read the Full Article

Asian Medicine Guide Used in Wildlife Crime War

Italy has netted smugglers of illicit wildlife products by using a guide to help recognize traditional Asian medicine, a U.N. conference heard on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Artic Cat Displays New Cleaner Snowmobiles During Interior Secretary's Tour

Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton visited Arctic Cat here Tuesday as part of a regional tour to check the progress of snowmobile manufacturers in complying with EPA's stricter environmental standards. >> Read the Full Article