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Elephant DNA Could Help Stem Ivory Trade

Analyzing the DNA of elephants may help trace the origins of ivory being sold illegally, information researchers hope will help foil such trade. >> Read the Full Article

WWF Calls for Ban in Trade of Great White Sharks

A leading environmental group called Friday for protection for the great white shark and humphead wrasse coral fish, whose numbers have plunged because of overfishing and China's growing appetite for exotic foods. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Fight U.S. Plan to Kill Prairie Dogs

Eight conservation groups are fighting the U.S. government over a plan to poison thousands of prairie dogs in the grasslands of South Dakota, saying wildlife should not take a backseat to ranching interests. >> Read the Full Article

Spotted Owl Seen Declining In Northwest

Fourteen years after coming under federal protection, the northern spotted owl continues on the decline in the Pacific Northwest, a study shows. >> Read the Full Article

Flightless New Zealand Icon Claws Back from Brink

An imaginative plan and a dose of national guilt could save New Zealand's flightless icon, the once abundant kiwi, from extinction. >> Read the Full Article

Illegal Ivory Easy to Get Online

In a practice that goes virtually unchecked, a new analysis suggests customers are buying, with a mouse-click, what appear to be illegal new ivory trinkets by thousands. >> Read the Full Article

Canadian Whale Speared by Cruise Ship

It wasn't until the U.S. cruise ship had pulled into port in Atlantic Canada that those on board made a gruesome discovery -- the body of a large whale was impaled on the vessel's bow. >> Read the Full Article

The Environmental Pros and Cons of Damming Rivers for Hydropower, and Nut Allergies in Children

Hydropower has been part of Americaís energy mix since the 1880s when the worldís first hydroelectric plant began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. By the 1940s, hydropower accounted for about 40 percent of Americaís energy needs. >> Read the Full Article

Locusts Encroach on West African Rice-Growing Area

West Africa's worst locust plague for 15 years has encroached on one of the region's largest rice-growing areas. >> Read the Full Article

California OKs Toughest Auto Emissions Rules

California has adopted the world's first rules to reduce greenhouse emissions for autos, taking what supporters see as a dramatic step toward cleaning up the environment but also ensuring higher costs for drivers. >> Read the Full Article