Greenpeace Set to Confront Japanese Whalers
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

International environmental group Greenpeace will set sail from New Zealand on Friday to again confront Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean, kicking off its 2007 anti-whaling campaign.

Australian PM Plans to Restore Parched Rivers
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced plans on Thursday to spend more than A$10 billion ($7 billion) to restore the nation's ailing rivers, making dwindling water supplies his priority in an election year.

Five Komodo Dragons Born at British Zoo
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Harris, Associated Press

A British zoo announced Wednesday the virgin birth of five Komodo dragons, giving scientists new hope for the captive breeding of the endangered species.

Advocacy Groups Seek Ban on Wildlife Poisons
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

Advocacy groups are asking the government to ban two poisons widely used for killing wildlife. The poisons are primarily used to kill coyotes that threaten livestock and game. Sodium cyanide capsules are placed in baited ejectors, and sodium fluoroacetate is used in sheep and goat collars.

Live-Fish Market Grows, Stripping Reefs
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

The appetite for live reef fish -- a status symbol for many newly rich Chinese -- has caused the populations of these predators to plummet around Asia as fishermen increasingly resort to cyanide and dynamite to bring in the valuable catch. Entire reef ecosystems, already endangered by pollution and global warming, are at risk.

More Polar Bears Giving Birth on Land
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Pregnant polar bears in Alaska, which spend most of their lives on sea ice, are increasingly giving birth on land, according to researchers who say global warming is probably to blame.

Survey Finds Mercury in Fish in West
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Scientists looking for fish tainted by mercury found them in every fish and every river they sampled across the West, suggesting that industrial pollution generated around the world is likely responsible for at least some of it.fish

Navy Can Keep Using Sonar for Two Years
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

The Defense Department gave the Navy permission Tuesday to keep training with sonar for another two years, a move denounced by activists who say the sound waves can harm dolphins and other marine mammals.

Experts Say Alps Glaciers Will Melt by 2050
January 23, 2007 12:00 AM - William J. Kole, Associated Press

Glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, scientists warned Monday, basing their bleak outlook on mounting evidence of slow but steady melting of the continental ice sheets.

Survey: Waterbird Species Are in Decline
January 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Nearly half of the world's waterbird species are in decline, mostly due to rapid economic development and the effects of climate change, according to a global survey released Tuesday.

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