Wildlife

Group Pays More than $3,000 To Liberate 300 Lobsters
April 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Three hundred lobsters have a new lease on life thanks to an anonymous group that secured their release in Maine. The episode unfolded in the midst of a lobster shortage and record prices when a group of 10 young people arrived at New Meadows Lobster Pound talking about the need for "God's creatures" to be free.

Indonesia Quake Caused Huge Coral Die-Off
April 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

A strong earthquake that struck Indonesia's Sumatra island two years ago caused one of the biggest coral die-offs ever documented, a study by scientists from two conservation groups found.

Sushi Deal Rubs U.S. Animal Rights Groups Raw
April 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Brad Dorfman, Reuters

A large U.S. seafood distributor is drawing pressure from anti-whaling activists after an agreement to distribute frozen sushi from Japan's Kyokuyo Co. Ltd.

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.

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