Wildlife

Space Maps of Forests from 1990s Could Aid Climate
November 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Photographs taken from space can track deforestation in developing nations and could be used along with cash incentives to safeguard trees and combat global warming, experts say.

Climate Change Melting Fabled African Glaciers
November 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

Climate change is melting a legendary ice field in equatorial Africa and may soon thaw it out completely, threatening fresh water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people, a climate expert said on Thursday.

Barbados Faces Invasion by Giant Snails
November 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A breed of giant, ravenous snails that first appeared in Barbados five years ago has thrived on the tropical island, destroying crops and prompting calls for the government to eliminate the slimy pests.

Groups Sue to End Gulf Bluefin Fishing
November 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bluefin tuna fishing should be shut down in the Gulf of Mexico to keep one of the world's largest and most valuable fish from dying out, environmentalists say.

Environmentalists Warn of Shark Troubles
November 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Many species of shark are facing a serious threat to their existence because of worldwide fishing trends, environmentalists said Wednesday.

Indian Scientists Find Rare Plant
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Indian scientists working in a tropical forest in the country's remote northeast have found a rare medicinal plant last seen 115 years ago, a scientific journal reported.

Fishermen, Facing Declining Stocks, Turn to Sharks
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Ben Blanchard, Reuters

Declining fish stocks mean that in some parts of the world fishermen are increasingly turning their attention to sharks, where a lack of regulation further threatens many species' survival, an environmentalist said on Wednesday.

Zanzibar Imposes Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Zanzibar imposed a ban on plastic shopping bags this week to protect the country's beleaguered environment, an official said Wednesday.

Indian Court Urged to End Monkey Business
November 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An Indian state government has asked the country's highest court to help get a monkey of its back -- or rather about 300 monkeys.

Court Finds Bureau of Land Management Violated Protections for Treetop Rodent to Allow Logging
November 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

A small rodent that lives in the treetops of old growth forests is blocking two timber sales in southwestern Oregon. A federal appeals court on Monday ruled the U.S. Bureau of Land Management illegally downgraded protections for the red tree vole to make the two sales possible.

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