Wildlife

N.C. Program Aims to Boost Bee Population
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Hartsoe, Associated Press

North Carolina is trying to boost the buzz surrounding the state's crops. As farmers leave tobacco and move into new crops like cucumbers, melons, and berries, the state is confronting a crisis: it simply doesn't have enough honeybees to pollinate all those flowering plants.

Judge Won't Suspend Alaska Wolf Control
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

An animal rights group failed to persuade a judge Thursday to immediately suspend Alaska's aerial wolf control program, which it likened to a slaughter.

China Pandas Laugh All the Way to the Blood Bank
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's endangered pandas, who grab world attention each time they give birth, are now going to have their own blood bank to help to keep their numbers up, state media said on Friday.

House Members File Bill To Restore Horse, Burro Protection Law
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Rosen Lum, Contra Costa Times

Reps. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., introduced legislation this week to restore the Wild and Free Ranging Horse and Burro Protection Act of 1971, gutted last month by a "stealth" rider inserted into a massive appropriations bill.

Scientists Say Valdez Spill Impacts Slow To Fade
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Crude oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill still lingers in Alaska's Prince William Sound and nearby areas, with parts of the environment still far from recovery, several scientists said at a three-day conference.

Phoenix Officials Urge Residents To Boil Water Because of Treatment Plant Problems
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth DeFalco, Associated Press

The 1.5 million residents of Phoenix were warned Tuesday to boil their drinking water or use bottled water as a precaution because of problems at treatment plants, and to take conservation measures.

State Logging Plan Draws Objections from Conservation Groups
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

A Maine Department of Conservation plan to raise money by logging state park properties came under fire during a legislative hearing Monday morning.

Report Warns of Toxins in Baltic Fish
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union should push through restrictions on the industrial use of chemicals to cut pollution affecting fish in the Baltic Sea, a leading environmental group says in a report released Tuesday.

California Officials Doubt Natural Seepage Caused Oil Spill Killing Hundreds of Birds
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A mysterious oil spill that killed hundreds of birds on the Southern California coast was probably not caused by natural seepage from the ocean floor, investigators said.

Government to Allow Oil Exploration in Ecologically Sensitive Alaska Area
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Citing a need for domestic energy, the government plans to open for exploratory drilling thousands of acres on Alaska's North Slope that have been protected for decades because of migratory birds and caribou.

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