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Researchers Find Quahogs Can Neutralize Toxin
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
The war on terror could have an unlikely ally in the modest mollusk known as the quahog. Federally funded researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth who injected quahogs with the botulism toxin reached a startling conclusion -- that the shellfish somehow neutralized the poisonous enzyme, which is considered a potential bioterror agent.
Rare Giant Pandas Boost Numbers by Almost Half
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Endangered giant pandas have boosted their numbers in the wild by almost half in just a few years thanks to enlarged habitat and improved ecosystems, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.
Ohio Wildlife Officials Consider Allowing Otter Trapping after Success of Reintroduction Programs
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Spencer, Associated Press
The wily and playful river otter was once on the verge of extinction in Ohio. Now they're thriving -- and causing so much damage that wildlife officials are considering allowing hunters to trap them.
Puget Sound Environmental Report Yields Mixed Results
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times
Many of Puget Sound's declining herring populations have rebounded, the acres covered by the invasive grass spartina are half what they were a few years ago and sites once contaminated with heavy metals are slowly being cleaned up, according to a biennial report by the state on Puget Sound's health.
Congo Police, Army Accused of Elephant Poaching
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - David Lewis, Reuters
Congo's police and fractious army have been accused of involvement in rampant elephant poaching that threatens to wipe them out from a world heritage site in the east of the former Zaire, a new study has warned.
Silt Deposits Threaten Coral Life in Tsunami-Hit Southern Indian Islands
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Nirmala George, Associated Press
The tsunami split coral reefs in India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands chain, burying them under sand deposits and threatening the entire marine habitat in the area, researchers said.
US Forests Cost-Effective against Global Warming, Study Concludes
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Doering, Reuters
The cost of using forests to remove greenhouse gases from the air could be about the same as cutting pollution with fuel switching or energy efficiency improvements, according to a new report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Shrieking Frogs Unnerve Hawaiian Island
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - B.J. Reyes, Associated Press
A tiny frog with a huge shriek has invaded the Big Island and won't shut up. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is looking for $2 million to begin controlling the spread of the nocturnal coqui frog, a beloved native in Puerto Rico but considered an annoying pest in Hawaii since hitching a ride over in shipments of tropical plants around 1990.
US National Zoo Still Struggling, Report Finds
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters
The National Zoo in Washington, plagued by a string of animal deaths including red pandas poisoned by rat bait, is improving but staff still needs basic animal care training, the National Research Council said Wednesday.
Environmentalists Say Hawksbill Sea Turtle in "Drastic Decline" in Mexico
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Activists of the World Wildlife Fund called on Mexico and the Caribbean nations on Tuesday to urgently implement plans to reverse what the organization called "a drastic decline" in the population of hawksbill sea turtles.