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Advocacy Groups Seek Ban on Wildlife Poisons
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press
Advocacy groups are asking the government to ban two poisons widely used for killing wildlife. The poisons are primarily used to kill coyotes that threaten livestock and game. Sodium cyanide capsules are placed in baited ejectors, and sodium fluoroacetate is used in sheep and goat collars.
Live-Fish Market Grows, Stripping Reefs
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
The appetite for live reef fish -- a status symbol for many newly rich Chinese -- has caused the populations of these predators to plummet around Asia as fishermen increasingly resort to cyanide and dynamite to bring in the valuable catch. Entire reef ecosystems, already endangered by pollution and global warming, are at risk.
Survey Finds Mercury in Fish in West
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
Scientists looking for fish tainted by mercury found them in every fish and every river they sampled across the West, suggesting that industrial pollution generated around the world is likely responsible for at least some of it.fish
Facing Global Warming, Are People Like Frogs?
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Confronted by new evidence of global warming, will people react like frogs? According to an often-told story, a frog will try to jump out if you drop it into hot water but the hapless creature will stay, and eventually die, if you put it in a pan of cool water and slowly bring it to a boil.
California Legislator, Growers Prepare Dueling Plans to Prevent E. Coli Outbreaks
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Jacob Adelman, Associated Press
A California legislator is butting heads with farmers over his proposed regulations to protect lettuce, spinach and other crops from replays of the E. coli outbreaks that killed three people and sickened hundreds of others across the country in recent months.
Post-War Lebanon Faces Major Environmental Harm, UN Says
January 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Unexploded cluster bombs and factories contaminated with toxic chemicals after last year's conflict between Israel and Hezbollah pose major environmental risks to Lebanon, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Biotech Dairy Debate Spills Across U.S. Markets
January 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters
Five years ago, Missouri dairy farmer Leroy Shatto was struggling to stay in business. Today, his herd has more than doubled amid a surge in demand for his product. The difference: a marketing campaign touting Shatto milk as free of artificial hormones.
Vietnam Bans Ducks Roaming to Stop Bird Flu Spread
January 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Vietnam has ordered farmers to stop ducks from roaming in the Mekong delta where bird flu has struck more than half of the southern rice basket region in the past month as a harvest nears, a government minister said.
Congo Rebels Said to Kill, Eat Gorillas
January 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Todd Pitman, Associated Press
Rebels in eastern Congo have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas, conservationists said Wednesday, warning they fear more of the endangered animals may have been slaughtered in the lawless region.
Sex-Changing Chemicals Found in U.S. Potomac River
January 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Chemicals known to change the sexual characteristics of fish and other animals have been found in West Virginia tributaries of the Potomac River, which runs through Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday.