EU Divided on Plans to Curb Illegal Timber Trade
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

EU members are divided over a European Commission plan to crack down on the lucrative illegal timber trade by making exporters prove their wood is not from endangered rainforests, officials said on Tuesday.

Guatemala Clamps down on Christmas Fir Poachers
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

olice have seized thousands of branches of an endangered Guatemalan scented fir species used for Christmas trees in a clampdown to protect it against extinction, police said Tuesday.

Scientists Discover New Species in Indonesian Caves
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A team of international scientists has found new fish and insect species, including a monster cockroach, living in caves in Indonesia's remote East Kalimantan province, the group announced Wednesday.

Amazon Gas Heralds Changes in Brazil Rain Forest
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters

A tower of orange flame rises above the Amazon jungle, firing the energy goals of the Brazilian government. It also gives environmentalists nightmares and heralds a dose of culture shock for the people of the rain forest.

Male Fish Growing Eggs Found in Potomac
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Male fish that are growing eggs have been found in the Potomac River near Sharpsburg, a sign that a little-understood type of pollution is spreading downstream from West Virginia, a federal scientist says.

Rwanda Recovers Baby Mountain Gorilla
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Edward Rwema, Associated Press

Police have arrested four suspected poachers and recovered a baby mountain gorilla that was stolen from its family in the forests of neighboring Congo, a spokesman said Monday.

Thai Pachyderms Ambush Food Trucks
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Sutin Wannabovorn, Associated Press

These pachyderms aren't just going after peanuts. Elephants in a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Thailand are using their oversize bodies as road blocks, ambushing vehicles transporting sugar cane, tapioca and fruit, the sanctuary's chief says.

Whale Shark Finds New Friends in Indian Fishermen
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Thomas Kutty Abraham, Reuters

A few weeks ago, the crew of an Indian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea thought they had the biggest catch of their lives.

Big Crab Catch Sparks Overfishing Worries
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

San Francisco's quintessential meal is fresh Dungeness crab, a glass of chardonnay and sourdough bread. But now, local crab fishermen and connoisseurs worry that one of the city's most beloved delicacies is in trouble, a victim of too many boats pulling up too many crabs all at once.

Sharks Can Detect Magnetic Fields and Other Stories
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Sharks on migration swim arrow-straight lines across featureless ocean basins. How they navigate over such great distances has been a mystery. Now experiments by scientists at the University of Hawaii demonstrate that sharks are able to detect magnetic field changes, supporting theories that the predators can map their location by deciphering differences in Earth's magnetic field lines.

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