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EarthNews Radio: Natural Medicines

Aspirin may not look like a flower, but it's one of the many medicines that start out as something found in nature, says Jack Dumbacher, the Chair of the Department of Birds and Mammals at the California Academy of Sciences: >> Read the Full Article

Nearly 60 Whales Dead after Stranding on Remote Beach in Southern Australia

Nearly 60 whales died in a mass stranding on a remote beach in southern Australia, a wildlife official said Tuesday. Rescuers struggled to save about 10 survivors. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Asian Black-Tailed Gull Found in Vt.

When Julie Hart went down to the Charlotte beach last Tuesday she was in search of a strong cell phone signal, not birds. But while scanning the water for loons, geese and other migrating water birds, Hart noticed a darker gull among the typical ring-billed gulls on Lake Champlain. >> Read the Full Article

NASA Scraps Plan to Wrap Hanger in Panels

NASA has scrapped plans to wrap a decommissioned hangar in solar panels after a contractor deemed the project impractical. NASA said the panels would not generate enough energy to justify the $40 million cost of installing them. >> Read the Full Article

EU Plans Temporary Import Ban of Pet Birds

EU veterinary experts will soon discuss plans to ban imports of live captive and pet birds, another measure to prevent the spread of bird flu within the European Union, the EU's health chief said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Using Sun and Earth To Survive in Harsh Eritrea

Deforestation is a major threat to Africa's vulnerable communities. An international report said earlier this year that desertification, caused in part by widespread deforestation, threatens to drive millions from their homes. >> Read the Full Article

Galapagos Volcano Erupts for Third Day

A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day Tuesday, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers on the island or the super-sized tortoises that gave the remote archipelago its name. >> Read the Full Article

Study Says Commercial Fishing Threatens Species in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Commercial fishing has sharply depleted numbers of several species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and threatens the health of the pristine island chain's ecosystem, according to a private study released Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Ontario Orders Evacuation of Residents of E. Coli-Stricken Reserve

About 1,000 residents of a remote northern Ontario Indian reserve will be evacuated this week after authorities said the drinking water was showing dangerously elevated levels of potentially deadly E. coli, Ontario's minister for aboriginal affairs said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Draft Blueprint To Protect World Oceans

International scientists are mapping out a plan for a network of marine parks to save the world's oceans from fish stock depletion and growing pollution. >> Read the Full Article