Rare Loon Deaths in New Hampshire Faze Scientists
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Brian Early, Reuters

Scientists are struggling to explain the rare death of 17 loons in New Hampshire, saying warm weather may have confused the threatened species of bird which typically heads to the ocean for winter.

Israeli Chief Rabbi Issues Fur Edict
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Jews must not wear fur skinned from live animals, Israel's chief rabbi said in a religious ruling on Tuesday. Animal rights campaigners in Israel and abroad say that animals are skinned alive at fur farms in China.

South Africa Finalizes Lion Hunting Laws
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

South Africa's environment minister announced long-awaited restrictions on hunting Tuesday, declaring he was sickened by wealthy tourists shooting tame lions from the back of a truck and felling rhinos with a bow and arrow.

River Run-Off Threatens Great Barrier Reef
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Suhell Damouny, Reuters

Satellite images of Australia's Great Barrier Reef show that sediment from river run-off is threatening the reef at a greater rate than previously realised, Australia's peak scientific body said on Wednesday.

Study Shows Yellowstone Air Quality Improves
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Levels of carbon monoxide and certain particulate at the park's west entrance at West Yellowstone, the most popular winter gate, and Old Faithful, the most popular destination, still are "well below" national ambient air-quality standards and the air quality is good, according to a new study.

New Zealand Unlikely to Allow Crippled Japanese Whaler into Its Waters
February 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

New Zealand is unlikely to allow a crippled Japanese whaling ship to enter its waters if it has to be towed to port for repairs, Conservation Minister Chris Carter said Tuesday. "They do have whale meat on board, it is a vessel that's currently unsafe -- and filled with rather nasty and toxic chemicals," Carter told reporters.

Cheeky Macaques Adapt to Modern Life
February 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Dubbed the world's second most successful primate, the world's twenty species of macaque monkeys are more widespread than any primates except humans, having migrated to Europe and Asia from Africa millions of years ago.

Indonesia to Welcome Endangered Rhino
February 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

The first Sumatran rhino born in captivity in more than 100 years is headed to Indonesia on Tuesday with a single task -- to breed and help save the endangered species from extinction.

Court Says Permit Violates Owl Protection
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved a 22,000-acre logging project that affects northern spotted owl habitat in southern Oregon.

Japan Turns Down Greenpeace Help on Whaling Ship
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Japan has turned down an offer from Greenpeace to tow a whaling ship that caught fire off the Antarctic coast, recalling that activists of the conservation group had boarded the same vessel almost a decade ago.

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