Greece Declares Nationwide Emergency, Wild Fires Death Toll At 46, Rising
August 25, 2007 04:55 PM - Vassilis Triandafyllou, Reuters
ZACHARO, Greece - The Greek government declared a nationwide state of emergency on Saturday after raging forest fires killed at least 46 people and trapped many more in villages surrounded by flames. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said the rash of forest fires "can't be a coincidence". He vowed the culprits, an apparent reference to arsonists, would be found and punished.
German Chancellor: Climate At Top Of Agenda
August 25, 2007 10:18 AM - Madeline Chambers, Reuters
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Friday to fight climate change and tackle the skills shortage in Europe's biggest economy in the second half of her government's term, but critics said her plan lacked ambition.
Judge Clears Way For Noriega's French Extradition
August 24, 2007 06:19 PM - Tom Brown, Reuters
MIAMI - A U.S. judge on Friday denied former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega's demand for a speedy return home when his U.S. prison term ends next month and said nothing stood in the way of a French extradition request. Noriega's defense attorneys argued in court this month that his designation as a "prisoner of war" after his arrest during the U.S. invasion of Panama more than 17 years ago entitled him to immediate repatriation after his scheduled release from a Florida prison on September 9.
Live TV From The Bottom Of The Sea: Project SeaCAMEL:
August 24, 2007 05:59 PM - , Living Oceans Foundation
KEY LARGO, FL -- Imagine yourself in class on the ocean floor at the world’s only underwater laboratory, a robotic fish named "Fetch" swims by collecting data, while a team of "aquanauts" amazes you with high-tech experiments in coral reef ecology. The education effort is being produced by the The Living Oceans Foundation.
Puru's Good Land Use Choices Helping Rainforest
August 24, 2007 05:38 PM - Stanford University, California
Stanford University - A regional study featured in this month's issue of Science magazine shows that land-use policies in Peru have been key to tempering rain forest degradation and destruction in that country. Using satellite technology developed by Greg Asner, assistant professor, by courtesy, of geological and environmental sciences at Stanford, scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology led an international effort to analyze six years of high-resolution satellite data covering most—79 percent—of the Peruvian Amazon for their findings.
Scientists Re-Trace Evolution Of Genes
August 24, 2007 05:08 PM - University of Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. — Scientists have determined for the first time the atomic structure of an ancient protein, revealing in unprecedented detail how genes evolved their functions. "Never before have we seen so clearly, so far back in time," said project leader Joe Thornton, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Oregon. "We were able to see the precise mechanisms by which evolution molded a tiny molecular machine at the atomic level, and to reconstruct the order of events by which history unfolded."
Morning-After Pill Sales Jump As U.S. Access Eases
August 24, 2007 03:03 PM - Lisa Richwine
WASHINGTON - Sales of the Plan B "morning-after pill" nearly doubled in the past year, exceeding expectations after the U.S. government allowed adults to buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription. A three-year battle ended last August when the Food and Drug Administration decided that women and men 18 and older could buy the Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc product without a doctor's order if they showed proof of age at a pharmacy.
Field Museum Gives Award to Environmental Activist, Attorney Judith Kimerling
August 24, 2007 02:57 PM - The Field Museum
CHICAGO - In recognition of her courageous and unrelenting efforts on behalf of indigenous peoples of Amazonia and Alaska, and their natural resources, Judith Kimerling has won The Field Museum's prestigious Parker/Gentry Award.
A Komodo Dragon, A Black Mamba and a Bird-Eaeting Spider. A Day's Work at Miami International Airport
August 24, 2007 11:42 AM - US Fish and Wildlife Service
MIAMI - Wildlife Inspector Carlos Pages vividly remembers the times when he opened a crate of imported animals only to discover that not all of them were still in the cloth bags that serve as their shipping cages. Those are the moments when his speed trumps their speed. "We managed to get them repackaged," said Pages. Fortunately, those kinds of escapes are not common. And just as fortunately, neither Pages nor any of his five U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inspector colleagues at Miami International Airport have ever been bitten.
Financially Strapped Forest Service Battles Growing Problems of Trash and Off-Road Vehicles
August 24, 2007 08:19 AM - Moises D. Mendoza, Associated Press
Near a rock formation twisting into the Arizona sky, the desert floor has been torn up by off-road vehicles. A tattered VCR and a bullet-riddled washing machine further scar the landscape.