U.S. Urges Tougher Policing of Wildlife Black Market
February 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters

A senior U.S. official called on Saturday for better consumer education and tougher policing to combat a multi-billion dollar global black market in wildlife. The illegal trade in animals and plants has grown to more than $10 billion a year, experts say, making it the world's third biggest source of criminal income after drugs and guns.

NY to Sue Exxon Mobil Over Slow Cleanup of Huge Underground Oil Slick Beneath Brooklyn
February 9, 2007 12:00 AM - David B. Caruso, Associated Press

New York's attorney general told Exxon Mobil and two other oil companies Thursday that he intends to sue them for taking decades to clean up a giant underground pond of petroleum left by the refineries that once lined Brooklyn's waterfront.

Keep Cats Away from Bird Flu Areas, U.N. Agency Says
February 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Cats should be kept away from areas affected by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus as they can pick up and spread the disease, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday.

Dutch May Build Offshore Breaker Islands in Response to Global Warming
February 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

Dutch engineers are considering creating "breaker islands" off the country's North Sea coast as a possible defense against rising sea levels caused by global warming, a top bureaucrat told a major conference on water Wednesday.

Hundreds of Endangered Turtles Die along Bangladesh Coast
February 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Tofayel Ahmed, Associated Press

Hundreds of endangered sea turtles have been found dead along Bangladesh's coast over the past two weeks, triggering concerns about pollution and local fishing practices, an official said Thursday.

Group of Rare Vultures Found in Cambodia
February 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Researchers in the remote forests of Cambodia said Wednesday they have discovered the only known colony in Southeast Asia of slender-billed vultures and scores of other endangered birds. The colony was discovered last month in the jungles east of the Mekong River in Cambodia's Stung Treng Province.

Sea Bird Tied to Logging Fight Dwindles
February 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The marbled murrelet, a threatened sea bird whose rare trait of nesting in old-growth forests made it a factor in logging battles in the U.S. Northwest, is also declining dramatically in Alaska and Canada, where most of the birds live, according to a U.S. government review.

Bush Proposes Large Increase for Parks Leading up to 100th Birthday Bash
February 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Jennifer Talhelm, Associated Press

National parks would get extra money next year to prepare for a big birthday bash -- their own. President Bush's 2008 budget, unveiled Monday, would give the National Park Service its largest-ever funding increase in preparation for the park system's 100th birthday in 2016.

Iowa Considers New Deer Contraceptive
February 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Iowa wildlife experts are looking into a new deer contraceptive that could curb the state's multimillion-dollar-a-year overpopulation problem.

Greens Say Russia 2014 Winter Olympics Bid Threatens Ecology
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

Leading environmental groups said on Friday Russia's bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics would involve tearing down forest that is home to rare wildlife including brown bears and red deer.

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