Panda Reprieve

China's environmental policies are rarely worth celebrating, but with Beijing's help, the giant panda appears to be making a comeback. In the most comprehensive survey of the giant-panda population ever taken, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Chinese State Forestry Administration have found almost 1,600 of the endangered pandas in the wild—nearly 50% more than were previously known to exist.

The increase is "very encouraging news," says Li Ning, a communications officer at WWF China—especially since attempts to boost the panda population in captivity have been getting increasingly desperate. Efforts by Chinese researchers—from attempting to...

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