Wildlife

Arctic Inuit Argue U.S. Pollution Devastates Centuries-Old Hunting Traditions
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press

The shrinking Arctic ice cap already is forcing the polar bear, seal and walrus to migrate farther north in search of solid ice. Inuit hunters report painful scenes of stranded walrus and seal pups left to die on floating ice because their mothers are too heavy to share the rafts.

Group Says Ocean Harm Should Force U.S. Carbon Regulation
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A wildlife conservation group said it is trying to pressure U.S. states to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under federal clean water laws because of harm the gas does to the cycle of life in the ocean.

U.N. Conservation Body Says Africans Split over Ivory Trade
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press

African countries are divided over banning or controlling international ivory trading, but need to reach a common position if they are to ensure the survival of the continent's elephants, a U.N. panel said Wednesday.

Study Shows Pygmy Owl Numbers Down in Mexico
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press

A university study shows the population of a tiny endangered owl in northern Mexico has declined by an estimated 26 percent over the last seven years, a finding that environmentalists said bolsters their arguments for greater protection for the bird in Arizona.

EU Gives Poland a Week to Stop Work around Endangered Habitat
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

The European Union said Wednesday it has given Poland a week to stop work on a highway running through a unique protected habitat in a test case of how the new EU member states deal with environmental issues.

European Union Wants to Speed up Protection of Threatened Bluefin Tuna
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

European Union nations are poised to greatly increase protection for the overfished bluefin tuna, an increasingly rare delicacy in sushi shops around the world, officials said Tuesday.

South African Official Proposes Culling, Contraception to Curb Elephant Population
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

South Africa's environment minister on Wednesday proposed contraception and some culling -- but no mass slaughter -- as part of a package of measures to slow rampant elephant population growth.

DNA From Ivory May Lead to Poachers
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The complex science of DNA analysis is now helping protect elephants by showing police and conservationists the source of black-market ivory. The price of ivory has nearly quadrupled in recent years, prompting poachers to kill more elephants to sell their tusks illegally.

Slow Down and Watch Out for Whales, Spain Tells Ships in Strait of Gibraltar
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Daniel Woolls, Associated Press

Spain wants ships to slow down and watch out for whales while passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, one of the world's busiest maritime routes. The recommendation drew praise Saturday from environmentalists who sought the measure for years to prevent collisions with whales.

Exotic Animals Seen Where Antarctic Ice Used to Be
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Spindly orange sea stars, fan-finned ice fish and herds of roving sea cucumbers are among the exotic creatures spied off the Antarctic coast in an area formerly covered by ice, scientists reported Sunday.

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