Wildlife

Iceland to Resume Commercial Whaling
October 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Krista Mahr, Associated Press

Iceland said Tuesday it would resume commercial whaling after a nearly two-decade moratorium, defying a worldwide ban on hunting the mammals for their meat.

Brazil Tells Foreigners Amazon Not for Sale
October 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrea Welsh, Reuters

Brazil Tuesday rejected a foreign proposal to buy and preserve land in the endangered Amazon and asked former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to support a home-grown rainforest-protection plan.

North Sea Herring, Hake Stocks Good, but Cod, Flatfish Still Depleted
October 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Norwegian herring has reached healthy levels and the Northern hake is making a comeback, but stocks of flatfish, cod and sand eel are still depleted in the North Sea, an international marine research group said Monday.

Antarctic Ice Collapse Tied to Greenhouse Gases
October 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Scientists said Monday that they had found the first direct evidence linking the collapse of an ice shelf in Antarctica to global warming widely blamed on human activities.

Congressman to Push Bill on Sea Lions
October 17, 2006 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

Fishery officials have tried just about everything to keep California sea lions from munching on threatened salmon migrating up the Columbia River -- from yelling at them to setting off firecrackers. But nothing has worked.

Haze Distresses Orangutans in Indonesian Reserve
October 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Achmad Sukarsono, Reuters

Haze from Indonesian forest fires has disturbed orangutans living in a natural reserve on Borneo island, a park official said on Monday, blaming deer hunters for intentionally torching protected areas.

Japan Tuna Quota Halved for the Next Five Years
October 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

Japan's annual fishing quota for southern bluefin tuna, a sought-after delicacy in the world's largest fish consumer, will be halved for the next five years due to Tokyo's overfishing, a government agency said on Monday.

Big Grey Mouse First New Mammal Identified in Years
October 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wildlife experts believe they have found Europe's first new terrestrial mammal species in years on the island of Cyprus, and it's a humble mouse.

Task Force Finds Puget Sound Needs Billions
October 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Rachel La Corte, Associated Press

It will take billions of dollars and targeted efforts to restore dwindling habitat and reduce pollution if Puget Sound's biggest problems are to be solved by 2020, a state task force said Thursday.

Group Warns Mountains Will Lose Ice Caps
October 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Malkhadir M. Muhumed, Associated Press

Africa's two highest mountains _ Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya _ will lose their ice cover within 25 to 50 years if deforestation and industrial pollution are not stopped, environmentalists warned Thursday.

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