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Turf Wars: Irish Fighting Ban on Peat Harvesting

The peat bogs of Ireland are an iconic part of its rural landscape. But a fierce donnybrook has erupted over the harvesting of peat, known locally as turf cutting. Full story

Louisiana agency sues big oil firms for hurting wetlands

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana agency sued 97 oil companies - including BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc - in state court on Wednesday for allegedly damaging hundreds of miles of sensitive wetlands by cutting through them with pipelines and transportation canals. Full story

Superstorm Sandy victims encouraged to sell homes

   New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced that $300 million in federal money has been made available to buy homes in flood-prone areas. The U.S. will turn those properties into wetlands to lessen future flooding.

Local breweries unite to keep water clean

Over 20 American breweries have taken the "Clean Water Pledge" to help protect our greatest resource: our water system. Full story

Robes and Shovels: Medieval Monks Cultivated Wetlands

A medieval monastery in Belgium went to major effort to drain wetlands on its land, building structures on artificially raised soil, a new study finds. Full story

Rare Baby Crocs Released into Wild

Nineteen baby Siamese crocodiles are being let loose in the wetlands of Laos, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced this week. The effort gives a boost to the critically endangered species, which is thought to include just 250 individuals in the wild. Full story

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