Wildlife

Rescue Plan for Tasmanian Devils Triggers Environmental Fears
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Scientists are planning to move Tasmanian devils -- the Australian marsupial made famous as a snarling, whirlwind character in Warner Bros. cartoons -- to an island sanctuary to avert the animals' threatened extinction from a mysterious cancer.

Indonesian Tropical Island Torn Apart by Tin Mining
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Lewa Pardomuan, Reuters

The coconut palms on the tropical beaches of the Indonesian island of Bangka open up to reveal a landscape so devastated by mining that it bears an eerie resemblance to the surface of the moon.

Deforestation Effects Depend on Location
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Reuters

The effect of deforestation on climate depends on three things -- location, location and location. Environmentalists concerned about global warming have long encouraged preservation of forests because they absorb carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Wild Parrots Make a Home in Brooklyn
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Depti Hajela, Associated Press

It is an urban jungle. Take a walk around the soccer field at Brooklyn College, and there, among the pigeons and starlings, you will see parrots. Bright green feathers, orange beaks, native-to-South-America parrots.

Massachusetts Governor Says Federal Fishing Rules Create Economic Disaster
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Massachusetts' governor on Monday requested federal relief for Massachusetts commercial fishermen, saying new fishing limits have caused "a true economic disaster" and cost the industry $22 million (euro16.45 million) in the state famed in the United States for its seafood.

Effort to Catalog Species Tops One Million
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A worldwide scientific effort to catalog every living species has topped the 1 million milestone. Six years into the program the total has reached 1,009,000, researchers report. They hope to complete the listing by 2011, reaching an expected total of about 1.75 million species.

Should Old Weapons Depot Be Refuge for Rare White Deer or Site of Ethanol Plant?
April 9, 2007 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

In a ghostlike performance, the small cluster of white deer slip in and out of sight, peacefully weaving among the hummock-shaped bunkers that once held America's war weapons. The striking image is one Dennis Money wants others to see.

India Steps Up Protection for Rare Asiatic Lions
April 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Rupam Jain Nair, Reuters

Hundreds of new guards and closed-circuit TV cameras will be used to protect rare Asiatic lions threatened by poachers and villagers in their only natural habitat, Indian officials said on Saturday.

Scientists Say Genes Determine Dog Sizes
April 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

From the towering Great Dane to the feisty little Chihuahua, all dogs are brothers under the skin. Now, researchers have uncovered a reason why the animals wearing that skin vary so much in size.

Endangered Turtles Swim Pacific in Race
April 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Eleven leatherback turtles are swimming across the Pacific Ocean to the Galapagos Islands in a "race" that will be tracked online to draw attention to the plight of the endangered creatures.

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