Ben Sacks, an expert in canine genetics and a researcher in the School of Veterinary Medicine, has new findings suggesting that these animals are natives, and close cousins to the native Sierra Nevada red fox. Sacks, who's studied the foxes for the past 10 years, is reaching out to the public for help in reporting all sightings of red foxes in the Sacramento Valley and in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades mountains. He asks that anyone who sees any evidence of red foxes in the area, either alive or dead -- even roadkill -- tell him about it online at: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Malacca Strait Meeting Asks Users to Help Littoral States
September 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Clarence Fernandez, Reuters
Maritime officials from 31 nations gathered in the Malaysian capital on Monday to hammer out ways to offset the cost of ensuring the safety, security and environmental protection of Asia's busy Malacca Strait waterway.
Proposal Cuts Murrelet Habitat Area
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press
A federal proposal would slash the critical habitat in Oregon, Washington and California set aside under the Endangered Species Act for the marbled murrelet, a threatened sea bird, by about 95 percent, to 221,692 acres.
Manila Wants to Siphon Oil from Sunken Tanker
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters
The Philippines wants to drill through the hull of a sunken tanker and siphon off its cargo of industrial fuel to curtail pollution washing up on the central island of Guimaras, disaster officials said on Tuesday.
Europe, Asia Pledge to Cut Emissions
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Robert Wielaard, Associated Press
European and Asian leaders pledged Monday to keep cutting greenhouse gases after the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. But delegates at the two-day summit stopped short of setting new targets beyond the Kyoto agreement.
Destructive Insects on Rise in Alaska
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press
Destructive insects in unprecedented numbers are finding Alaska forests to be a congenial home, said University of Alaska forestry professor Glenn Juday, and climate change could be the welcome mat.
Global Warming Film Unites Preachers and Politics
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters
Coming soon to a movie screen near you: prayers, politics and a feature-length film, united in an effort to mobilize religious groups around global warming concerns in time for the U.S. midterm election.
Sturgeon Slowly Re-Emerge in Great Lakes
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press
Sturgeon -- prized for its caviar and smoked meat -- are slowly starting to make a comeback in areas where water quality has improved. The fish, which are protected in just about every state where they're found, were overfished and nearly disappeared in the early 1900s.
Senate Skeptic of Global Warming Takes Aim at California
September 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
A bill to crank up penalties for the nation's most polluted air regions -- both in California -- was introduced Thursday in the Senate by Congress' biggest skeptic of global warming.
Canada Native Groups Join to Protect Water Supply
September 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Jones, Reuters
Booming oil and gas development in Western and Northern Canada has prompted native groups to build a united front to better protect the vast region's water resources, aboriginal leaders said Thursday.