Wildlife

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.

Fishermen Catch Big, Old Alaska Rockfish
April 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

A commercial fishing boat hauled in what may have been one of the oldest creatures in Alaska -- a giant rockfish estimated to be about a century old. The 44-inch, 60-pound female shortraker rockfish was caught last month by the catcher-processor Kodiak Enterprise as it trawled for pollock 2,100 feet below the surface.

Acidic Oceans Threatening Sea Life, UN Panel Says
April 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Rising carbon dioxide emissions are making the world's oceans more acidic, particularly closer to the poles, heralding disaster for marine life, a major U.N. report on climate change impacts says.

Climate Change Threatens World Natural Wonders, WWF Says
April 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Climate change threatens to destroy the Great Barrier Reef and other natural wonders of the world if nations fail to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, environmental group WWF said on Thursday.

Global Warming Driving Australian Fish South
April 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

Global warming is starting to have a significant impact on Australian marine life, driving fish and seabirds south and threatening coral reefs, Australia's premier science organisation said on Wednesday.

As Dunes Encroach, Desert Nation Struggles To Keep Its Head Above the Sand
April 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press

With less rain falling now than in years past, Maurtania's sand dunes have become dry and unstable. Global climate change bears part of the blame, as does the local practice of uprooting the scraggly trees that once dotted the landscape to use as camel feed, firewood or for insulation, leaving nothing to hold back the mountains of sand.

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.

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