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.

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.

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