Fame Hurts Valley of Eternal Youth in Ecuador
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Alonso Soto, Reuters

These days, the famous elders of Vilcabamba are dying at a younger age, the result of the stresses of modern life brought by the scores of tourists and health buffs who flock here in search of eternal youth.

Trawling, Industry Threaten India Turtle Nesting
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Simon Denyer, Reuters

Fewer turtles than normal arrived this year at the nearby beaches of Gahirmatha, where a marine sanctuary has failed to check illegal fishing by trawlers, and the construction of a large port nearby presents a major environmental threat.

Study Shows Rich Reforestation after Fires
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Scientists looking at the aftermath of wildfires in the forests of southwestern Oregon and Northern California found that after five to ten years even the most severely burned areas had sprouted plentiful seedlings without any help from man.

Arizona Cactus to Remain on Species List
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A cactus that has been a thorn in the side of southern Arizona developers for more than a decade will remain under federal protection after a review of the plant's status.

California Condor Lays Egg in Mexico
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Thomas Watkins, Associated Press

An egg found in an abandoned eagle nest could herald the return of the California condor to Mexico, which hasn't had a breeding population of the iconic giant of the skies for about 75 years.

Filmmaker on Mission To Save Sharks
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddared, Reuters

Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart wants to take a bite out of the global shark fin industry that is wiping the big fish from the seas. His film "Sharkwater," which had the third-largest box office opening for a documentary in Canadian theater history, looks at the threats facing the predators on top of the marine food chain.

Seafood Poisoning on the Rise as Oceans Become Warmer, More Polluted
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Experts estimate that up to 50,000 people worldwide suffer ciguatera poisoning each year, with more than 90 percent of cases unreported. Scientists say the risks are getting worse, because of damage that pollution and global warming are inflicting on the coral reefs where many fish species feed.

Canada Scales Back Seal Hunt Because of Poor Ice
March 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The number of young harp seals that Canadian hunters can kill off the east coast this year will be cut by a quarter, mainly because of poor ice conditions where the animals give birth, officials said Thursday.

Shark Deaths Endanger Scallop Population
March 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Overfishing of powerful sharks -- a top predator in the ocean -- may endanger bay scallops, a gourmet delicacy. With fewer sharks to devour them, skates and rays have increased sharply along the East Coast and they are gobbling up shellfish, particularly bay scallops.

Previewing a U.N. Climate Report: Species Are Going To Be Lost
March 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

From the micro to the macro, from plankton in the oceans to polar bears in the far north and seals in the far south, global warming has begun changing life on Earth, international scientists will report next Friday.

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