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Ozone Layer on the Mend but Recovery Delayed, U.N. Says

The earth's ozone layer is finally on the mend after decades of damage, two U.N. agencies reported. However, they said the protective layer, which filters dangerous solar radiation, was recovering more slowly than experts had originally hoped. >> Read the Full Article

France Winds Up Bear Repopulation Effort

French wildlife officials released a fifth bear in the Pyrenees, the final step in a program to repopulate the region in southwestern France, the Environment Ministry said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

New Alliance Seeks to Fight Water Sector Corruption

Water experts and businesses teamed up on Tuesday to fight corruption feared to be siphoning off billions of dollars from projects to supply drinking water to the Third World. >> Read the Full Article

China to Spend US$125 Billion to Improve Water Facilities, Combat Pollution

China will spend 1 trillion yuan (US$125 billion; euro100 billion) to improve water treatment and recycling facilities over the next five years as part of efforts to fight the mounting threat of urban water pollution, officials said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Experts Say Snail Venom May Have Benefits

Venom from an ocean snail may have benefits for people with addictions, depression and Parkinson's disease, University of Utah researchers reported Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Drought, Water Worries Cloud Skies for U.S. Farmers

As the United States bakes in one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, drought from the Dakotas to Arizona through Alabama has sharpened the focus of farmers on their lifeline: water. >> Read the Full Article

Judge Rejects Bush Plan to Log in Sequoia National Monument

A federal judge blocked a Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Issue Second Coral Warning Due to High Caribbean Sea Temperatures

Scientists issued a warning Tuesday that temperatures in the Caribbean Sea were abnormally high and approaching levels that could be disastrous for coral reefs -- many of which suffered unprecedented die-offs last year due to hot waters. >> Read the Full Article

New Shrimp Farm Rules Aim to Save Asian Mangroves

Environmental regulation of shrimp farming operations across Asia takes a major step forward next month, when the U.N. food agency considers adoption of a set of tougher industry guidelines published on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Books That Take on the Earth

Books about the environment are rarely popular as beach reads or commuter reads, or as fodder for Hollywood blockbusters. But now and then, the mainstream book market is visited by a title or two with an ecology theme. Here are a few recent titles of note. >> Read the Full Article