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  • Vail: Beetle battle begins again this summer

    05/15/2008 8:32:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 392+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | May 14, 2008 | Edward Stoner
    Crews will cut trees on more than 200 acres around Vail this summer in their continuing efforts to battle the pine beetle epidemic. This summer’s work will continue to create a ribbon of “defensible space” around the town that seeks to prevent the spread of fire... “It’s to protect lives, homes and property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire,” ... The work is part of the Vail Valley Forest Health Project, a multi-year effort coordinated by the Forest Service that seeks to combat the pine beetle infestation from East Vail to Edwards. The mountain pine beetle epidemic has killed up...
  • Vail creating barrier against fire

    08/28/2007 11:06:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 576+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | August 28, 2007 | Edward Stoner
    Crews cutting trees in hopes stopping wildfire from jumping between neighborhoods and the forest. As the color red has grown in the forest... The mountain pine beetle epidemic has hit ...hard. Whether it’s a lightning strike or a barbecue sparking a blaze, Spaeh says she understands the risk of a destructive forest fire. ....town, county and the U.S. Forest Service are cooperating to create a layer of “defensible space” — a 200-to-300-foot barrier — that aims to stop the spread of a fire, either from the forest into the neighborhood or vice versa. “This is a really good thing,” ......
  • New beetle invasion may end in sad song for trees on mesa ( Eco-nut lawyers vs foresters )

    05/08/2006 7:17:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 716+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | May 08, 2006 | SALLY SPAULDING
    While beetles at low levels always exist on Grand Mesa National Forest, some foresters worry the area may be on the verge of a beetle disaster. “It’s at the edge of possibly blowing up and killing a lot of trees,” said forester Kitty Tattersall of the Paonia and Grand Valley ranger districts. “We’re worried it could become a problem.” Mostly, foresters are concerned about the spruce beetle, whose outbreaks are normally triggered by blowdowns. Last October, violent winds toppled trees near the Alexander Lake area on the mesa, creating the potential for a spruce beetle epidemic. Spruce beetles usually emerge...
  • Compound from Coral Could Combat Cancer - Nature holds treasure trove of 'new' compounds

    03/16/2006 6:31:39 AM PST · by S0122017 · 25 replies · 571+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 13, 2006 | David Biello
    March 13, 2006 Compound from Coral Could Combat Cancer Natural compounds have proven to be a treasure trove of medicinal properties. For example, the bark of the Pacific yew tree yielded a compound that has helped battle some forms of cancer. Such finds have led to a new industry--bioprospecting--and such prospectors have fanned out across the globe in search of nature's remedies. Now a compound isolated from coral collected off the coast of Okinawa has shown the ability to slow down and possibly prevent virus replication and it may hold promise as a cancer treatment. Isis hippuris is a yellow,...
  • Bylaw would put teeth in wetlands protection

    03/13/2006 8:39:11 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 14 replies · 402+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 12, 2006 | Dan Tuohy
    Disturb a frog's vernal pool habitat: Pay $300. Alter a marsh, meadow, bog, bank, or pond of any size: See you in court. The potential fine and enforcement actions are some of the teeth in a proposed wetlands protection bylaw that would give the Belmont Conservation Commission greater authority over what happens in or around wetlands. The proposal, which voters will decide at Town Meeting on April 24, would reinforce a state law that more than half of the communities in Massachusetts have found lacking in some way. Belmont would join at least 180 others with a new wetlands bylaw,...
  • Hummingbirds have superb memories of last meals

    03/08/2006 6:42:13 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 65 replies · 952+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Mar 7, 5:24 PM ET | AFP
    OTTAWA (AFP) - The tiny Rufous hummingbird is able to recall where and when it last dined on the sweet nectar of flowers, according to new research, proving bird brains are smarter than first thought. The study found the bird, with a brain no bigger than a grain of rice and which feeds on hundreds of flowers each day, could pinpoint the location of flowers it had visited and when the bit of nectar in each would be replenished. Such episodic memory was previously thought to be exclusive to humans. "This shows that animals have better memories than we thought...
  • North America’s 'Loch Ness Monster' Spotted Again

    03/07/2006 10:49:06 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 55 replies · 1,798+ views
    Live Science ^ | today | Joe Nickell
    Dubbed “North America’s Loch Ness Monster,” the purported leviathan of Lake Champlain, “Champ,” has just resurfaced. On Feb. 22, 2006, Good Morning America aired exclusive video footage of “something” just below the surface of the water, possibly the lake’s fabled creature. A pair of Vermont men, Dick Affolter and his 34-year-old stepson, Pete Bodette, had made the digital recordings the previous summer while salmon fishing. ABC consulted two retired FBI forensic image analysts, who concluded that the video appeared authentic, although they could not say what it depicted. The incident added to a long list of Champ sightings, which...
  • Secret Lives of Deep-Sea Beasts Revealed

    03/07/2006 9:08:48 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 23 replies · 1,622+ views
    Live Science ^ | 06 March 2006 | Bjorn Carey
    Mysterious and seemingly monstrous beasts stalk the gloomy depths of the Atlantic Ocean, the so-called midnight zone where virtually no sunlight reaches. Temperatures are near freezing and the space between one creature and another can be vast. Scientists know very little about the species that inhabit this uninviting world more than a mile below the ocean's surface. For years it was believed that many of these fish nomadically wandered the ocean, munching on the organic debris that sinks from shallower waters. Now, a massive marine expedition has uncovered the secret sex lives of these fish, revealing that they may gather...
  • A Peculiar People: Crunchy Cons

    03/07/2006 6:08:18 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 95 replies · 1,527+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 7, 2006 | Charles Colson
    If you encountered someone who made his own granola, bought his veggies at a food co-op, wore Birkenstock sandals, and wanted to save the environment, if you’re like me, you’d probably think, well, there goes a lefty, or a liberal, or maybe an aging hippie. But the author of a new book says someone like that is just as likely to be a conservative Republican. In his book, Crunchy Cons, journalist Rod Dreher writes about a group of people he calls “crunchy conservatives,” a group that includes, among others, “hip homeschooling mamas,” “Birkenstocked Burkeans,” “gun-loving organic” farmers, and “right-wing nature...
  • Red rain in India may consist out of alien lifeforms?

    03/06/2006 6:59:40 AM PST · by S0122017 · 80 replies · 1,556+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday March 5, 2006 | Amelia Gentleman and Robin McKie
    Red rain could prove that aliens have landed Amelia Gentleman and Robin McKie Sunday March 5, 2006 The Observer There is a small bottle containing a red fluid on a shelf in Sheffield University's microbiology laboratory. The liquid looks cloudy and uninteresting. Yet, if one group of scientists is correct, the phial contains the first samples of extraterrestrial life isolated by researchers. Inside the bottle are samples left over from one of the strangest incidents in recent meteorological history. On 25 July, 2001, blood-red rain fell over the Kerala district of western India. And these rain bursts continued for the...
  • Policy threatens to eclipse science on Delta, Miller says

    02/28/2006 7:50:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 314+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/28/6 | Mike Taugher
    STOCKTON - During the first congressional hearing into what might be causing the ecosystem crisis in the Delta, Rep. George Miller said Monday that water agency officials are committed to sending water to San Joaquin Valley and Southern California even it comes at the expense of the Delta's health. Miller, D-Martinez, said he doubts whether advice coming from scientists will be heeded if they conclude that pumping water out of the Delta is the main cause of the declining ecosystem.Water pumping is considered one of the three leading suspects causing the Delta's problems, along with invasive species, especially an Asian...
  • Magma On The Move Beneath Yellowstone

    03/02/2006 6:29:40 AM PST · by Founding Father · 28 replies · 1,856+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 2, 2006 | David Biello
    Much of Yellowstone National Park is a giant collapsed volcano, or caldera. In an enormous eruption roughly 640,000 years ago, this volcano spit out around 240 cubic miles of rock, dirt, magma and other material. Around 70,000 years ago, its last eruption filled in that gaping hole with flows of lava. Since then the area has enjoyed an uneasy peace, the land alternately rising and falling with the passing decades. New satellite data indicate that this uplift and subsidence is caused by the movement of magma beneath the surface and may explain why the northern edge of the park continues...
  • ABORTION AND ENVIRONMENTALISM - THE SAME EVIL

    03/02/2006 6:48:02 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 105 replies · 1,083+ views
    VANITY | 3/2/2006 | AMOS THE PROPHET
    Abortion and environmental laws stem from the same principle, the reduction of the human species to a status of undesirable. The laws that destroy private property, imprison nature lovers, fine farmers and hunters, and restrict access to vast tracts of wilderness are all done in the name of protecting "nature" from people. This is not simply a matter of laws that can be undone. There are countless examples of environmental laws run amock with deadly consequences. An excellent one is the banning of DDT, considered a miracle product with profound health benefits during its use. The banning of DDT was...
  • Marine Mammals Suffer Human Diseases (Deadly Cat Poop Alert!)

    02/23/2006 2:22:42 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 34 replies · 1,937+ views
    Live Science ^ | 23 February 2006 | Bjorn Carey
    ST. LOUIS—Parasites from cat feces are causing deadly brain damage in California sea otters. A combination of toxic chemicals and herpes virus is killing off California sea lions. And toxic algae blooms are contributing to record manatee deaths in Florida. All of these animals live near coastlines, spending a majority of their lives in the same waters people swim and surf in. Their daily cuisines consist of the same foods we serve up in clam shacks and fine seafood restaurants. The difference between humans and these animals, says NOAA spokesperson Paul Sandifer, is that the animals deal with the ocean...
  • Surprise: Chickens Can Grow Teeth

    02/23/2006 6:41:48 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 51 replies · 4,564+ views
    Live Science ^ | 22 February 2006 | Bjorn Carey
    Chicken will grow teeth when pigs can fly. Well, better start searching the skies for flying pork—scientists have discovered a mutant chicken with a full set of crocodile-like chompers. The mutant chick, called Talpid, also had severe limb defects and died before hatching. It was discovered 50 years ago, but no one had ever examined its mouth until now. The researchers recently created more Talpids by tweaking the genes of normal chickens to grow teeth. "What we discovered were teeth similar to those of crocodiles—not surprising as birds are the closest living relatives of the reptile," said Mark Ferguson of...
  • Explorers Discover Huge Cave and New Poison Frogs

    02/22/2006 2:00:18 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 32 replies · 2,567+ views
    Live Science ^ | Wed Feb 22, 12:00 PM ET | Bjorn Carey
    Bjorn Carey LiveScience Staff Writer LiveScience.com Wed Feb 22, 12:00 PM ET A cave so huge helicopters can fly into it has just been discovered deep in the hills of a South American jungle paradise. ADVERTISEMENT Actually, "Cueva del Fantasma"—Spanish for "Cave of the Ghost"—is so vast that two helicopters can comfortably fly into it and land next to a towering waterfall. It was found in the slopes of Aprada tepui in southern Venezuela, one of the most inaccessible and unexplored regions of the world. The area, known as the Venezuelan Guayana, is one of the most biologically rich, geologically...
  • Scientists fear leaping carp to invade US Great Lakes

    02/20/2006 11:05:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,518+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/20/06 | Andrew Stern
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Fish that leap into passing boats may be a fisherman's fantasy, but scientists fear that hyperactive Asian carp will reach the U.S. Great Lakes, devour the base of the food chain and spoil drinking water for 40 million people. In less than a decade since escaping southern U.S. fish farms, the hardy and voracious carp have come to dominate sections of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. "It is a crisis," said Phil Moy of the University of Wisconsin and the government-affiliated water protection group Sea Grant. "We've seen some pretty significant adverse invaders in the Great...
  • Northern Spotted Owl Demography

    02/20/2006 9:37:12 PM PST · by restornu · 28 replies · 446+ views
    Project Location: Marin County, California: Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin Municipal Water District, and Marin County Open Space District. Project Summary The Northern Spotted Owl is the well-known symbol of the controversy over the effects of logging. The Marin County population of this federally threatened sub-species in one of the densest even though it is located at the southern limit of the range. Much of the local forest was logged 50-100 ago and is now re-growing in permanent public ownership. Although logging is not a threat to this population, other human activities such as...
  • Supreme Clean Water Day

    02/21/2006 7:30:15 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 30 replies · 587+ views
    NRO ^ | February 21, 2006, 8:17 a.m. | Jonathan H. Adler
    Today the Supreme Court hears two challenges to federal wetlands regulations. In each case, landowners are challenging the federal government’s authority to prevent them from developing wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Federal regulators claim such regulation is clearly authorized by the CWA and is necessary to safeguard the nation’s waters. The landowners, for their part, assert that the federal government lacks the legal authority to regulate private land that lacks a substantial connection to navigable waters. Depending on how the Court resolves these disputes, control over millions of acres of private land may hang in the balance. Depends...
  • EARLY EVOLUTION OF THE VENOM SYSTEM IN LIZARDS AND SNAKES

    02/21/2006 6:39:30 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 11 replies · 690+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 20 February 2006 | Bryan G. Fry, Nicolas Vidal, Janette A. Norman, Freek J. Vonk, Holger Scheib, S.
    EARLY EVOLUTION OF THE VENOM SYSTEM IN LIZARDS AND SNAKES 2006 Nature 439: 584-588 Bryan G. Fry, Nicolas Vidal, Janette A. Norman, Freek J. Vonk, Holger Scheib, S. F. Ryan Ramjan, Sanjaya Kuruppu, Kim Fung, S. Blair Hedges, Michael K. Richardson, Wayne. C. Hodgson, Vera Ignjatovic, Robyn Summerhayes, & Elazar Kochva Abstract: Among extant reptiles only two lineages are known to have evolved venom delivery systems, the advanced snakes and helodermatid lizards (Gila Monster and Beaded Lizard) 1. Evolution of the venom system is thought to underlie the impressive radiation of the advanced snakes (2,500 of 3,000 snake species) 2–5....