Ecosystems

One Bird, One Record Non-Stop Journey: New Zealand To Alaska And Back
September 13, 2007 06:20 PM -

WASHINGTON - A female Bar-tailed Godwit, a large, streamlined shorebird, has touched down in New Zealand following an epic, 18,000-mile-long (29,000 km) series of flights tracked by satellite, including the longest non-stop flight recorded for a landbird. The US Geological Survey's Alaska Science Center tracked the odyssey of the bird as part of an ongoing collaborative effort with colleagues in California and New Zealand. The scientists were hoping to better understand potential transmission of avian influenza by migratory birds.

Survey: 65 Percent of Americans Oppose Mountaintop Removal
September 13, 2007 03:27 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON, - Two out of three Americans (65 percent) oppose the Bush Administration's proposed rule "to ease environmental regulations to permit wider use of 'mountain top removal' coal mining in the U.S.," according to a national opinion survey.

Tuvalu about to disappear into the ocean
September 13, 2007 08:45 AM - Reuters

The tiny Pacific island state of Tuvalu on Thursday urged the rest of the world to do more to combat global warming before it sinks beneath the ocean. The group of atolls and reefs, home to some 10,000 people, is barely two meters on average above sea-level and one study predicted at the current rate the ocean is rising could disappear in the next 30 to 50 years.

Indonesian Quakes Trigger Tsunami Alerts
September 13, 2007 07:21 AM - Anthony Deutsch -Associated Press

Three powerful earthquakes jolted Indonesia in less than 24 hours, triggering tsunami alerts Thursday and sending panicked residents fleeing to high ground. At least nine people were killed in the tremors.

Ebola Said Depleting Gorilla Populations
September 13, 2007 07:18 AM - Associated Press

The most common type of gorilla is now "critically endangered," one step away from global extinction, according to the 2007 Red List of Threatened Species released Wednesday by the World Conservation Union. The Ebola virus is depleting Western Gorilla populations to a point where it might become impossible for them to recover.

Fido Frightens Feathered Friends
September 12, 2007 06:40 PM - University of New South Wales

University of New South Wales - New research showing that dog-walking in bushland significantly reduces bird diversity and abundance will lend support to bans against the practice in sensitive bushland and conservation areas.

Ancient Architects Engineered Angkor’s Downfall
September 12, 2007 05:58 PM - University of New South Wales

University of New South Wales, Australia - The architects of Cambodia’s famed Angkor — the world's most extensive medieval "hydraulic city" — unwittingly engineered its environmental collapse, says research by University of New South Wales scientists and a team of international scholars.

Texas Prepares For Tropical Storm Humberto
September 12, 2007 05:24 PM - Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Forecasters predicted heavy rains and flooding for the Houston area as Tropical Storm Humberto formed on Wednesday in the northern U.S. Gulf. Hurricane trackers were also keeping an eye on a second storm system making its way west in the central Atlantic after being declared Tropical Depression 8 on Wednesday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that a system offshore of Galveston, Texas, had become Tropical Storm Humberto.

Federal Study: Loggerhead Sea Turtles Face Extinction, Fishing Fleets Blamed
September 12, 2007 01:12 PM - , Oceana

Washington - One of the oldest animals on earth, the loggerhead sea turtle, is in deep trouble. The population of this animal is declining precipitously experts say. Now the federal government is confirming that, reversing a long standing 'hands off' approach to a problem conservationists have been alarmed by for years. The species is now considered threatened under the endangered species act.

World Conservation Union:16,300 species threatened
September 12, 2007 10:50 AM - Deborah Zabarenko

From the lowland gorillas of Africa to corals of the Galapagos Islands, more than 16,300 species are threatened with extinction, the World Conservation Union said on Wednesday in its annual Red List. In what is billed as the world's most authoritative assessment of Earth's plants and animals, the global group considered 41,415 species and found that of those, 16,306 were under threat, said Craig Hilton-Tailor, the list's manager.

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