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Florida Citrus Growers Face an Urban Future

Florida's farmers and ranchers will have to find other sources of revenue from their land if they hope to survive in an increasingly urban state. Fortunately, the state's rapid urbanization also offers opportunities for other revenue sources in the form of "green payments" for conserving land in an environmentally friendly manner. >> Read the Full Article

Farmers' Almanac Warns of Temperature Fluctuations

Get your sweaters, mittens and hats ready. The Farmers' Almanac warns that the coming winter will bring unusually sharp fluctuations in temperature, and says readers "may be reminded of riding a roller, or in this case, 'polar' coaster." >> Read the Full Article

Thai Elephant Fitted With Prosthesis

A Thai elephant that attracted worldwide attention when its foot was amputated after it stepped on a land mine has been fitted with a temporary prosthesis, a wildlife conservation worker said Sunday. >> Read the Full Article

India Moves on River Plan, Critics Warn of Disaster

Two key states have agreed to start the first stage of a $200 billion plan to link India's rivers, a scheme critics condemn as a recipe for ecological disaster and violence from those it will force from their homes. >> Read the Full Article

Researcher Can Make All-White-Meat Chicken

Daniel Fletcher has found a way to transform dark meat chicken into white, a scientific advance some purists say has gone too far. Fletcher, a University of Georgia poultry science professor, said his other white meat isn't designed to compete with the real thing on restaurant menus or grocery shelves. >> Read the Full Article

Millions of Idled Acres Getting Another Look

Agriculture, wildlife and conservation groups expect a conference next week in St. Louis to be where the U.S. Department of Agriculture lays out its plan for dealing with vast amounts of land contracts in the Conservation Reserve Program. >> Read the Full Article

Brazil's Salgado Turns His Camera to Nature, Tribes

Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has shown the world the face of poverty, the tragedy of famine and the sweat of hard labor. Now Mother Nature is attracting the world-renowned master of black-and-white stills. >> Read the Full Article

Bruce Babbitt Calls for More Dams To Cope with Global Warming's Effects

California should build more dams and reconsider building a highly controversial peripheral canal, a key architect of the state's decade-old Delta water plan said Thursday. Bruce Babbitt, who served as Interior Secretary during the Clinton administration, said the state has to worry not only about an aging infrastructure and a growing population, but also the fact that the state's water supplies will be sorely stretched by the effects of global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Analysts See Katrina as `Perfect Storm' for Already High Energy Prices

With crude oil prices already near record levels, Hurricane Katrina targeted the heart of America's oil and refinery operations Sunday, shutting down an estimated 1 million barrels of refining capacity and sharply curbing offshore production in the region. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Administration Encourages Its Agencies To Find Partners for 'Cooperative Conservation'

The White House is playing environmental matchmaker, encouraging odd couples such as the Nature Conservancy and the Pentagon as they team to save wild birds and military training ranges. >> Read the Full Article