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Science News Archive - May 30, 2006

China's longest river is "cancerous" with pollution and rapidly dying, threatening drinking water supplies in 186 cities along its banks, state media said on Tuesday.

A giant dust bowl is forming across northern China, converting swathes of arable land to desert and triggering sandstorms whose impact carries across the Pacific, a leading environmentalist said on Tuesday.

A volcano bubbling lava on the Indian Ocean island of Grande Comore has stabilized and poses no immediate threat, but may explode at a later date, experts say.

International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of the earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island, but many victims complained that vital aid was not reaching them.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia began a last-ditch attempt to lobby small Pacific Island nations to support whale conservation on Tuesday, warning that every vote at next month's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting would be crucial.

By Lewa Pardomuan MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's restive Mount Merapi remained a no-go zone on Tuesday after last weekend's deadly earthquake nearby, but the volcano was quieter and its revered "keeper" insisted no major eruption was imminent.

International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of the earthquake that killed more than 5,700 people on Indonesia's Java island, but many victims complained that vital aid was not reaching them.

In May 27 story headlined "Ariane rocket orbits satellites for Mexico, Thailand," please read in paragraph three ."..payloads of up to 10 tonnes" instead of "...10 tones." Corrects spelling and conforms throughout.

A frozen "Noah's Ark" to safeguard the world's crop seeds from cataclysms will be built on a remote Arctic island off Norway, the Norwegian government said on Tuesday.

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - A frozen "Noah's Ark" to safeguard the world's crop seeds from cataclysms will be built on a remote Arctic island off Norway, the Norwegian government said on Tuesday.