Wildlife

Island Mammal Dwarfism Not Just a Matter of Size
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Dwarf animals that lived on islands thousands of years ago evolved to their tiny size due to a lack of predators and competitors, not just because they were too big for their habitats, researchers said on Monday.

California Herons Move Into Urban Settings
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press

Workers at the Schooner or Later restaurant are trained to seat customers under umbrellas -- not necessarily to shade them from the hot California sun but to protect them from falling fish heads, rat bits and half-eaten squirrels.

China to Release Rare Tigers to Shrinking Forests
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China will train 620 endangered Siberian tigers to survive in the wild as part of a controversial effort to return them to the country's shrinking northeast forests, state media reported on Monday.

Scientists Issue Strongest Coral Warning
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists have issued their strongest warning so far this year that unusually warm Caribbean Sea temperatures threaten coral reefs that suffered widespread damage last year in record-setting heat.

Timber Company Appeals Ruling Restoring Forest Protections
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

An Oregon timber company has appealed the reinstatement of protections on 58.5 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, saying it should be able to continue logging trees burned in a 2002 wildfire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Rampaging Elephants Anger Kenyan Farmers
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Muthigani Kiama, Reuters

Across Africa, animals and humans are coming into closer contact as swelling human populations put pressure on land. For about five years, marauding elephants from the nearby Mount Kenya forest have trampled the villagers' farms and destroyed their harvests.

U.S. Says Will Pull Alaska Wetlands from Oil Drilling
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

In a win for environmentalists, the U.S. Interior Department says it is willing to withdraw sensitive wetlands from a large area in Alaska's western Arctic region that it wanted to open next week to oil and natural gas drilling.

Lebanon Begins To Clean Ravaged Coast After Wartime Oil Spill
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Henry Meyer, Associated Press

Shovel-wielding volunteers sifted through oil-stained sand on a beach where tourists once swam, now emptied by a massive spill caused by Israeli bombardment. Two months later, only 3 percent of the oil has been recovered.

Federal Agency Closes Area in Utah to Off-Road Vehicles to Protect Rare Cactus
September 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Paul Foy, Associated Press

To protect two rare species of cactus, federal officials Wednesday banned off-road vehicles from a large swath of southern Utah's badlands.

U.N. Says Waste Dumped in Ivory Coast Violated International Agreements
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Pauline Bax, Associated Press

A U.N. expert on Tuesday called the dumping of chemical residue in Ivory Coast a clear violation of international hazardous waste agreements.

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