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  • Study: Tanks coexisting well with endangered species(Military Bases Good!)

    11/28/2005 8:07:43 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 14 replies · 695+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 11/28/05 | Terry Boyd
    BAUMHOLDER, Germany – If you want to increase biodiversity and protect endangered species, bring in tanks and soldiers. Not to shoot hunters and poachers, but simply to maneuver and train. That’s the finding of a new environmental study done for U.S. Army Installation Management Agency—Europe (IMA-E) by researchers at the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Those researchers reached a surprising conclusion — certain threatened and endangered species fare far better in the huge Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels military training areas in Bavaria, where thousands of troops train, firing tanks and...
  • Estrogen in wastewater affecting ocean fish (DDT mentioned)

    11/28/2005 6:49:34 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 37 replies · 3,777+ views
    Daily bulletin ^ | 11/28/05 | Kevin Butler
    LONG BEACH - A male fish off the Southern California coast is getting in touch with its feminine side. And that has some scientists worried. Kevin Kelley, a professor of environmental endocrinology at Cal State Long Beach, is part of a team studying a species of male flatfish in Southern California waters that has been found to have high levels of estrogen, which appear to be causing feminization. Kelley and other researchers believe that the treated wastewater draining through underground pipes into waters off Santa Monica, Huntington Beach and the Palos Verdes Peninsula contains human estrogen hormones expelled in human...
  • “Environmentalist” Deceit on ANWR

    11/15/2005 7:00:29 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 26 replies · 961+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 11/15/2005 | Andrew Walden
    American petro-dollars continue flowing to terrorist-sponsoring oil producing states and American soldiers fight in what leftists call a “war for oil” in Iraq. In spite of this, Congressional debate on oil drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) is once again going down to the wire. A group of 24 “moderate” Republican congressmen mostly from North East states joined Democrats on November 9 in stripping the House Budget Bill of a provision opening ANWR to drilling after hordes of home-district “environmental” activists lobbied them at their Washington offices. Senators, on the other hand, have voted 51-47 November 3 against...
  • In coastal battle of wits between man and otter, man concedes

    11/14/2005 12:53:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 401+ views
    AP ^ | 11/14/5 | TIM MOLLOY
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Greg Sanders' otter-catching days are over. It's been years since he last snatched the animals from Southern California waters and shipped them north under an ambitious federal program to preserve an endangered species while protecting shellfish divers from natural competition. Now, in an admission that the slick-furred creatures refuse to respect boundaries imposed by man, the federal government wants officially to abandon an otter-relocation policy it effectively dumped more than a decade ago. If the government's battle of wits is at its end, the otters have won. "This concept of taking animals and putting them in...
  • Growing Evidence of Insecticide Resistance in Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes..(title snip)

    11/14/2005 9:16:10 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 21 replies · 584+ views
    All Africa Global Media ^ | November 14, 2005 | Yaoundé
    An extensive study of malaria-carrying mosquito or "vector" populations in different ecological zones of Cameroon has documented widespread and varied resistance to insecticides, part of an alarming trend across Africa that might ultimately jeopardize efforts to control malaria with treated bed nets and indoor spraying. The study, which will be presented at a special session on insecticide resistance at the Fourth Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Malaria Conference, is illustrative of a growing body of research in Africa that is finding increasing mosquito resistance to pyrethroid insecticides, which are used for insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs), and DDT, which has...
  • High heating bills? Thank Greenpeace

    11/08/2005 4:53:46 PM PST · by rhema · 20 replies · 1,229+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | Nov. 08, 2005 | MARK YOST
    If you were wondering how the planet suddenly ran out of natural gas as you sat shivering in your house with the thermostat set at 62 so you could preserve a modicum of your retirement money, just look at a 2003 study from the National Petroleum Council ( You'll learn that there's plenty of natural gas, much of it right here in the U.S. The problem is that environmental groups won't let us get at it. Today natural gas provides about 25 percent of U.S. energy needs, generates about 19 percent of electrical power, and is used for heating and...
  • Cadre of GOP fights ANWR drilling (RINO Alert)

    11/09/2005 8:41:56 AM PST · by jbwbubba · 59 replies · 1,264+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/09/05 | Greg Simmons
    Cadre of House GOP Holds Up ANWR Plan Wednesday, November 09, 2005 By Greg Simmons WASHINGTON — With Republicans in control of both chambers on Capitol Hill, issues such as cutting the budget, controlling spending and authorizing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be easy to solve. But they're not. Republicans have battled Democrats to open ANWR to oil drilling for more than a decade, but now that drilling is closer than ever with the Senate approval of petroleum exploration last week, a tiny band of moderate House Republicans stands in the way. "It is a little...
  • DDT saves lives -

    11/09/2005 7:51:34 AM PST · by UnklGene · 59 replies · 928+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | November 9, 2005
    DDT Saves Lives - November 8, 2005 It's horrifying enough that malaria -- a preventable and curable disease -- claims one million lives every year and that most victims are Africa's pregnant women and children under five. Compounding this tragedy, however, is the global lobbying effort against the most effective method of combating the mosquito-borne illness: spraying outdoors and inside houses with the insecticide DDT...
  • Marking the end of conservation?

    11/08/2005 12:54:56 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 22 replies · 426+ views ^ | November 8, 2005 | Richard Louv
    Shepherdstown, W.Va. The American conservationist may be an endangered species, both in numbers and public influence. That's the bleak news suggested by some attendees at the National Conservation Learning Summit, held this weekend at the sprawling woodland campus of the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia. Some estimates indicate that as many as 60 percent of the most senior federal employees are eligible to retire in 2007. Many of those are in conservation and natural resource fields. Over one-half of the senior executives at the Department of the Interior, USDA Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency will retire by...
  • Farming That Improves the Environment

    11/07/2005 3:18:31 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 49 replies · 929+ views
    Ascribe ^ | Mon Nov 7 13:14:01 2005 Pacific Time | Randy Killorn
    AMES, Iowa, Nov. 7 (AScribe Newswire) -- All those dried up stalks, husks and cobs left in corn fields after every fall's harvest could be a key to enhancing the environment, say Iowa State University researchers. They say partially burning some of the residue left in corn fields produces products that can be used to improve soil fertility, boost in-soil storage of greenhouse gases and reduce the amount of natural gas used to produce anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. Robert C. Brown, Iowa State's Bergles Professor in Thermal Science, will lead a team of researchers studying the idea. The team includes Randy...
  • Sierra Club instructs members on how to write letters on ANWR

    11/07/2005 12:17:54 PM PST · by walwyn · 66 replies · 1,424+ views
    This last great wilderness must be preserved for wilderness values, wildlife, and traditional ways-of-life. The unprotected area of the Arctic Refuge coastal plain provides vital habitat for nearly 200 species of animals, including the 129,000 member Porcupine Caribou herd as well as polar bears, grizzlies, wolves and millions of migratory birds. Allowing this essential, eternal wilderness to be exchanged for a short-term supply of oil is totally unacceptable. Drilling in the Refuge will have no discernable short-term or long-term impact on the price of fuel and will not decrease our dependence on foreign oil. The amount of oil under the...
  • GOUGE AWAY: Bush prioritizes oil above preservation of wildlife, environment

    11/07/2005 9:08:00 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 71 replies · 1,330+ views
    The Ball State Daily News ^ | November 07, 2005 | Jonathan Titchenal
    President George W. Bush wants to kill the last wildlife sanctuary in the United States. He is more than happy to sink his claws into it, tear it apart and plunder it for his own uses. Environment? What environment? If it’s got oil, it’s ours. Who cares about some stupid animals? According to a Nov. 4 article on, the Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would compel the Department of the Interior “to begin selling oil leases for the coastal plain of the Alaska refuge within two years.” Yes, you heard correctly. The refuge. The place where we...
  • Habitats May Shrink by Leaps, Bounds (Endangered Species Act Alert)

    11/04/2005 2:28:00 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 18 replies · 487+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | Nov. 4, 2005 | Janet Wilson
    A century and a half ago, California's red-legged frog graced the menus of gourmet restaurants in San Francisco and helped launch a young American writer named Mark Twain, who immortalized the leaping Gold Rush wonder in his first published short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Humans have not repaid the favor since, gobbling up not just the long-legged amphibian but nearly all of its wetland habitat for crops and homes, threatening it with extinction. On Thursday, as part of a continued, far-reaching rollback of protected landscapes for scores of imperiled species around the country, federal officials proposed...
  • Eco-friendly subdivisions may save more than the planet

    11/03/2005 1:10:10 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 59 replies · 1,405+ views
    The Beacon News ^ | 11/3/2005 | Matthew DeFour
    For years, environmentalists have petitioned government officials about preserving open space and designing eco-friendly neighborhoods, but it turns out that cost-conscious developers should be the ones advocating change. New research reveals that building "conservation communities" can be 15 to 54 percent cheaper than traditional suburban developments, according to Wisconsin-based Applied Ecological Services (AES). The difference between traditional and conservational development is in the design principles. Typical subdivisions tend to have wider streets, turf lawns, gutters and storm sewers, but those cause less water to be absorbed into the ground and more runoff, which can erode soil and pollute local water...
  • States submit plans to keep threatened species off endangered list

    11/03/2005 12:05:12 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 23 replies · 406+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/03/2005 | Joe Baird
    Utah last month submitted a wildlife action plan to the Interior Department that charts a future course for species and habitat protection and restoration. Now, so has everybody else. Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced Wednesday that wildlife agencies from all 50 states and six territories have finalized similar plans to establish a national framework for species protection. The goals: to enhance habitats, and in doing so, keep at-risk wildlife off the federally managed Endangered Species List. "We all recognize that the federal government can't do this alone; it can't conserve and protect everything that needs to be protected," Norton said...
  • Study on P.E.I. wind turbines too late for birds, critics warn

    11/01/2005 4:56:10 PM PST · by proud_yank · 7 replies · 346+ views
    CBC ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | CBC
    A study of the potential impact of wind turbines on birds in eastern P.E.I. won't be completed before construction begins, leading to criticisms that the province is paying mere lip service to conservationism. The province has ordered for 10 Vestas wind turbines worth $55 million for a wind farm in eastern P.E.I. It has commissioned an environmental assessment by Becky Whittam of Bird Studies Canada, a not-for-profit conservation organization based in Sackville, N.B. However, Whittam has warned that her study would cover an entire year, including migrations and breeding seasons. Her final report won't be ready until August 2006 –...
  • Researchers say climate shift could threaten slugs (WORLD ENDING ALERT)

    11/02/2005 9:00:09 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 67 replies · 775+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/2/05 | Anon
    Researchers fear a continuation of climate changes could doom California oaks and the area's beloved banana slugs.Researchers at the University of California-Santa Cruz -- which has a banana slug as school mascot -- said global warming could threaten California's iconic oak woodlands and the slugs that live in them by shifting the growing climate northward.If sea surface temperatures rise along the coast, researchers said, there could be a reduction in fog and thus too little moisture to support the trees.
  • Federal protection of bald eagle challenged

    11/02/2005 7:11:18 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 41 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Press Enterprise Company ^ | 11:47 PM PST on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 | JENNIFER BOWLES and ADAM C. HARTMANN
    LAWSUIT: A state group seeks to have the birds of prey taken off the endangered-species list. By JENNIFER BOWLES and ADAM C. HARTMANN / The Press-Enterprise A California group on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the bald eagle from the federal endangered-species list, six years after President Clinton announced a proposal to do just that. The lawsuit comes after the recent deaths of two bald-eagle chicks near Lake Hemet east of Idyllwild, part of a small population of bald eagles that make the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains their...
  • Population growth, bad planning risks Ontario environment: ecology czar

    11/02/2005 6:36:03 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 10 replies · 372+ views
    The Chonicle Journal ^ | Nov 2, 2005, 00:30 | The Canadian Press
    TORONTO — Unchecked population growth and a badly flawed planning system are endangering Ontario’s wildlife, forests and water and posing a threat to living standards, the province’s environmental czar said Tuesday. In his annual report, Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller questioned the wisdom of what he considers Ontario’s unbridled expansion. “To what degree can certain regions in Ontario, especially southern Ontario, sustain and assimilate this relatively unchecked growth?” Miller said. The provincial Finance Ministry projects up to six million more people will call Ontario home over the next 25 years, most in the Toronto area. That’s a 50 per cent increase...
  • Mice Found to Woo Mates with Song

    11/01/2005 7:13:35 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 18 replies · 324+ views
    scientific america ^ | 11-01-05 | David Biello
    Mice may not sing for their supper but male mice seem to sing to their prospective mates. Researchers at Washington University made this discovery when they eavesdropped on male mice that had been exposed to the scent of female urine. "We started recording the vocalizations to assess the factors that lead to recognition of female pheromones but the vocalizations turned out to be much more complicated and interesting than we expected," says Timothy E. Holy, lead author of the report detailing the findings, published online today by the Public Library of Science Biology. "It's not yet clear whether singing conveys...
  • Deer Decreasing Forest Bird Population

    11/01/2005 12:39:02 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 52 replies · 1,094+ views
    Scientific American ^ | October 31, 2005 | Tracy Staedter
    Large populations of deer are edging out forest birds in North America, report scientists in this month's issue of the journal Biological Conservation. The study is the first to evaluate the impact deer grazing can have on nest quality and food resources in areas unaffected by human activities such as forestry or hunting. It also offers general rules for predicting the influence these animals could have on bird ecosystems in the future. The decline of forest birds has been blamed mostly on such factors as disease, loss of habitat and an increase in the number of animals that prey on...
  • State says salmon harvest was third largest on record

    11/01/2005 2:27:19 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 539+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Oct 31, 2005 | (AP)
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- This year's salmon harvest was the third largest on record, state officials said Monday. Commercial fishermen harvested 206.1 million salmon, which had an estimated total value of $295 million, according to preliminary figures released Monday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Commercial Fisheries. The harvest was about 26 million fish above the preseason forecast and well above the 10-year average of 167 million fish. This year's take marked the third year since 1960 that the number of salmon caught exceeded 200 million fish. In 1995, the harvest was 217.8 million fish, and...
  • Greenpeace Fined For Reef Damage

    10/31/2005 8:19:03 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 54 replies · 1,177+ views
    CRIonline ^ | 11-01-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
    Greenpeace is to be fined after its flagship Rainbow Warrior II damaged a coral reef in the central Philippines during a climate awareness campaign, marine park rangers said.
  • Lawmaker Tells Realtors(r) Endangered Species Law Needs Reform

    10/31/2005 9:39:46 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 9 replies · 339+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 10/30/2005 2:25:00 PM | Linda M. Johnson
    To: National Desk, Congressional Correspondent, Real Estate Reporter Contact: Linda M. Johnson of National Association of Realtors(r), 202-383-7536 or SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), addressing Realtors(r) at a forum here, said the current endangered species law needs reform because it is failing the habitats and the species its supposed to protect. Cardoza also updated Realtors(r) on other federal issues at a legislative and political forum held yesterday during the REALTORS(r) Conference & Expo here, Oct. 28-31. Cardoza has cosponsored legislation with Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) that balances the need to protect endangered...
  • DDT Is Only Real Weapon to Combat Malaria

    10/28/2005 9:41:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 613+ views
    FOX News ^ | 10.27.05 | Steven Milloy
    During the few minutes you spend reading this column, malaria will kill six Africans and sicken about 3,000 more, mostly children and pregnant women -- a rate of more than one million deaths and 500 million illnesses annually among the 2.2 billion people who live in malarial regions like Africa. There’s legislation moving through the Senate right now intended to reduce this tragic toll.U.S. taxpayers spend about $200 million annually on malaria control efforts. Ironically, almost none of this money is spent to kill or repel the mosquitoes that spread disease. The money is instead spent on anti-malarial drugs and...
  • Green Gray Areas - Books that question the conventional wisdom on the environment (MICHAEL CRICHTON)

    10/28/2005 9:56:05 PM PDT · by paulat · 13 replies · 782+ views
    The Wall St. Journal ^ | 10/29/05 | MICHAEL CRICHTON
    Green Gray Areas Books that question the conventional wisdom on the environment. BY MICHAEL CRICHTON Saturday, October 29, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT 1. "Playing God in Yellowstone" by Alston Chase (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986). That raw sewage bubbles out of the ground at Yellowstone National Park--after more than a century of botched conservation--would come as no surprise to Alston Chase, who 20 years ago wrote "Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America's First National Park." Mr. Chase, a former professor of philosophy turned journalist, presents a clear critique of ever-changing environmental beliefs and the damage that they have caused...
  • Public Health: Before Avoiding Fish, a Word to the Wise

    10/30/2005 11:49:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 578+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 25, 2005 | ERIC NAGOURNEY
    Federal health officials should think carefully before issuing advisories recommending that women of childbearing age limit their intake of fish, new research suggests. The warnings are intended to protect fetuses from mercury, which concentrates in some fish and, at high enough levels, can damage the brains of the babies. But in a series of articles in the current American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers say the effect of the advisories may be detrimental to public health, since the fatty acids in fish help prevent serious problems like stroke and heart disease. There is also evidence that they help prenatal brains...
  • Farmers, foresters plead for trade, conservation aid

    10/28/2005 1:33:03 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 5 replies · 309+ views
    Capital Press ^ | 10/28/2005 | Mitch Lies
    PORTLAND – Oregon farm and forest representatives urged a USDA panel to fund conservation programs and international trade programs in a 2007 Farm Bill forum here Oct. 25. Also in the listening session that included USDA Undersecretary Eric Bost, participants said it was important that Congress continue to fund price support programs, specialty crop grants and agricultural research in the next farm bill. Barry Bushue, president of the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, said the Farm Bureau supports a 2007 bill patterned after the 2002 bill, and he urged the USDA to back a bill with fully funded price support programs...
  • Critics say energy conservation campaign is useless, bound to fail

    10/28/2005 6:43:53 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 19 replies · 517+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | October 28, 2005 | WILLIAM NEIKIRK
    WASHINGTON — As the central character in President Bush's new energy conservation program, the Energy Hog is no gentle, sweet little Smokey Bear. This villainous cartoon pig consumes energy like candy and evokes little sympathy. Yet he is the chief symbol of America's notorious fuel-wasting habits in the Bush administration's multimedia campaign to exhort people to use less energy in all walks of life. To the Energy Department and energy-efficiency experts who support the new conservation program, this campaign, introduced in the wake of higher oil prices, is badly needed to persuade Americans to take sensible steps to save energy....
  • Eco-Imperialism and the Drive to Destroy the Free Market

    10/27/2005 2:04:13 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 11 replies · 518+ views
    Axcess News ^ | October 27, 2005 | Tom DeWeese
    AXcess News) Washington - Max Keiser is a new kind of terrorist. He uses the Internet and boycotts to manipulate stock prices. In that way he forces corporations to comply with his brand of radical environmentalism and Sustainable Development. He puts his hands around corporate throats and squeezes until they comply with his demands. Max Keiser and his ilk hate business and they hate free enterprise and are using these tactics to redistribute wealth and cause chaos in the market place. Keiser's operation is called "KarmaBanque." That new age-focused name alone should give readers an idea of the wacky worldview...
  • Frog Secretions Block HIV Infections

    10/27/2005 10:36:15 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 84 replies · 1,602+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 27 October 2005 | Leigh MacMillan
    A new weapon in the battle against HIV may come from an unusual source –- tropical frogs. Investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have discovered that compounds secreted by frog skin are potent blockers of HIV infection. The findings, reported this month in the Journal of Virology, could lead to topical treatments for preventing HIV transmission and reinforce the value of preserving the Earth’s biodiversity. "We need to protect these species long enough for us to understand their medicinal cabinet," says Louise A. Rollins-Smith, associate professor of microbiology & immunology, who has been studying the antimicrobial defenses of frogs for...
  • Endangered Species Act Is a Failure

    10/26/2005 5:38:23 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 11 replies · 724+ views
    The Ledger Online ^ | Published Monday, October 24, 2005 | Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite
    In 1973, the American bald eagle population had drastically declined. Populations of American alligators, humpback whales and other landmark species were also diminishing, and America needed to act. In response, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The law was supposed to protect imperiled species on the brink of extinction. However, more than three decades later, the Endangered Species Act has failed to live up to its noble expectations. Today, nearly 1,300 species have been afforded the law's protections, yet, just 10 species have been taken off the list due to recovery. The truth be known, not one single...
  • Condit Dam removal could hurt fish downstream, state says

    10/25/2005 12:38:57 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 21 replies · 738+ views
    The Seatttle Times ^ | Tuesday, October 25, 2005 | The Associated Press
    VANCOUVER, Wash. — Fish advocates see the plan to demolish Condit Dam on the White Salmon River as good news for salmon everywhere, but the state Ecology Department says the project could hurt fish downstream and might violate the federal Endangered Species Act. Demolition of the 125-foot-high hydroelectric dam, owned by Portland-based PacifiCorp, is proposed for October 2008. The project would open 33 miles of steelhead habitat and 14 miles of salmon habitat in the area of the river blocked by the dam since 1913. The river forms a portion of the boundary between Klickitat and Skamania counties along the...
  • Favoring ecology over condos, Forrester shows he's a rare bird

    10/25/2005 12:21:03 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 10 replies · 409+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tue, Oct. 25, 2005 | Monica Yant Kinney
    By Monica Yant Kinney Inquirer Columnist So I'm freezing my tail off on a bridge spanning the Delaware River yesterday, wondering how Petty's Island became the political equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle. Strange things happen here, and I'm not just talking about the two bald eagles that flew overhead, as if on cue, while Doug Forrester made yet another pin-striped pitch for the antiestablishment tree-hugger vote. He's a Republican, remember? It's not your fault for forgetting. I, too, have had a hard time distinguishing one self-made multizillionaire candidate from the other. Democrat Jon Corzine is everything you expect in a...
  • Fishing: Public health expert examining catches for heavy metals

    10/24/2005 8:56:50 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 24 replies · 511+ views
    Pittsburg Post Gazette ^ | Sunday, October 23, 2005 | Deborah Weisberg
    It was a first for veteran anglers at one of the Allegheny River's hottest spots. They were being asked to donate their fish to science. On a recent Saturday, a cadre of fishermen at the Highland Park Dam filled buckets with white bass and channel catfish so that Dan Volz, a public health expert, can tell them someday soon whether what they catch is loaded with heavy metals and estrogen-like compounds, or chemicals that mimic the effect of estrogen, a hormone produced by the body and needed for the development and growth of female sex organs. snip While there are...
  • Agency would cut murrelet from list (Endangered Species Act Alert!)

    10/21/2005 10:00:44 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 13 replies · 492+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Friday, October 21, 2005 | Jeff Barnard
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed yesterday that it will propose removing threatened-species protection from the marbled murrelet, a small seabird at the center of battles over logging in the Northwest. The proposal, to be formally made by the end of the year, will start a yearlong evaluation of the status of the bird. The marbled murrelet lives its life at sea but uses big old trees near the coast for nesting, laying a single egg in a mossy depression on a large branch. The proposal is based on the idea that the 17,000 to...
  • Snakes bite back at poison toads [evolution happening now in Australia]

    12/11/2004 11:50:10 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 46 replies · 3,941+ views
    BBC ^ | December 8, 2004
    Snakes bite back at poison toads Snakes in Australia have evolved to counter the threat of invasive, poisonous cane toads, scientists have found. The toads ( Bufo marinus ) were only introduced in the 1930s but have already overwhelmed the local wildlife in Queensland with their rapid reproduction and toxic flesh, which kills many predators foolish enough to make them a meal. But for two species of snake, at least, natural selection has produced a defence: the snakes have developed relatively smaller heads and longer bodies. In essence, the reduced gape of the animals limits their ability to eat the...
  • Planting trees may create deserts

    07/30/2005 10:10:12 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 41 replies · 977+ views
    New Scientist Breaking News ^ | 7/29/2005 | Fred Pearce
    Planting trees can create deserts, lower water tables and drain rivers, rather than filling them, claims a new report supported by the UK government. The findings - which may come as heresy to tree-lovers and most environmentalists - is an emerging new consensus among forest and water professionals. “Common but misguided views about water management,” says the report, are resulting in the waste of tens of millions of pounds every year across the world. Forests planted with the intention of trapping moisture are instead depleting reservoirs and drying out soils. The report summarises studies commissioned over the past four years...
  • Extinction of frogs is catastrophic, scientists say

    06/22/2005 8:52:45 AM PDT · by GPBurdell · 75 replies · 1,924+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/22/05 | Carlos Andrade
    By Carlos AndradeWed Jun 22, 8:48 AM ET Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe. More recently, epibatidine -- the chemical which paralyzed and killed the Indians' enemies -- has been isolated to produce a pain killer 200 times more powerful than morphine, but without that drug's addictive and toxic side effects. Pharmaceutical companies have not yet brought epibatidine to market but hope to discover other chemicals with powerful properties in...
  • Bee killer imperils crops~~A tiny parasite, ...... is devastating honeybees.

    03/28/2005 9:28:51 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 56 replies · 3,306+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Monday, March 28, 2005 | Susan Salisbury Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    A tiny parasite, colloquially known as a 'vampire mite,' is devastating honeybees. That worries experts because honeybee-pollinated crops are valued at more than $15 billion a year. By Susan SalisburyPalm Beach Post Staff Writer Monday, March 28, 2005 More than $15 billion in U.S. crops rides each year on the tiny legs of an insect. The honeybee is the major carrier of pollen for seeded fruits and just about anything that grows on a vine. Everything, in other words, from apples to zucchini. Damon Higgins/The PostenlargeMark McCoy walks among the hives with a smoker to keep bees calm, which allows...
  • Venomous mammal find a first: Alberta paleontologist

    06/27/2005 7:29:02 AM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 54 replies · 1,730+ views
    CBC ^ | 22 Jun 2005
    A small, fossilized mammal had what appears to be poisonous fangs that allowed it to bite like a snake – the first such find in an extinct mammal, Canadian researchers say. Vertebrate paleontologist Richard Fox of the University of Alberta in Edmonton found the specimen in 1991. Now Fox and his research team say the extinct, mouse-sized creature was built to deliver venom. The fossil specimen, Bisonalveus browni, is shown in this recent handout photo. (CP photo) The world is home to few living mammals with venom delivery systems: the duck-billed platypus, the Caribbean solenodon, and a few rat-like shrews....
  • Satellite observes agricultural runoff causing algal blooms

    12/09/2004 8:45:38 AM PST · by cogitator · 25 replies · 1,159+ views
    Space Daily ^ | December 9, 2004 | SPX
    Direct Link Discovered Between Agricultural Runoff And Algal Blooms In SeaScientists have found the first direct evidence linking large-scale coastal farming to massive blooms of marine algae that are potentially harmful to ocean life and fisheries. Researchers from Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences made the discovery by analyzing satellite images of Mexico's Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California - a narrow, 700-mile-long stretch of the Pacific Ocean that separates the Mexican mainland from the Baja California Peninsula. Immortalized in the 1941 book Sea of Cortez, by writer John Steinbeck and marine biologist Edward Ricketts, the...
  • The Endangered Species Act Keeps on Not Saving Endangered Species

    07/29/2005 8:16:11 AM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies · 974+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 7/27/2005 | Ronald Bailey Who Pays for the Delhi Sands Fly? The Endangered Species Act Keeps on Not Saving Endangered Species By Ronald Bailey, 7/27/2005 Environmental activists are howling worse than a heartsick wolf on a moonless winter night over proposed revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) is circulating a draft revision to the ESA that, according to Defenders of Wildlife Executive Vice President Jamie Rappaport Clark, "takes a wrecking ball to the whole Endangered Species Act." But taking into account that its goal is to conserve and recover endangered species, the Act already seems...
  • Marsupial Not Color-blind after all (Evolution)

    03/28/2005 8:43:41 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 80 replies · 1,717+ views
    ABC Science Online ^ | Monday, 28 March 2005 | Catriona Purcell
    Marsupials not colour-blind after all Catriona Purcell ABC Science Online Monday, 28 March 2005 This little creature, called a quokka, is helping to overturn long-standing beliefs about marsupial vision (Image: Catherine Arrese/Nature) Australian marsupials can see in full colour, new research has found, making them the only other mammals apart from primates to do so. A team led by Dr Catherine Arrese from the University of Western Australia in Perth reports its findings in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a journal of the UK's Royal Society. Most people think marsupials lack colour vision, says Arrese, but her team's...
  • Turtles Threatened By Federal Permit That Would Help NC Fishermen

    07/06/2005 8:27:57 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 5 replies · 413+ views
    NBC 17 News ^ | 07/05/05 | AP
    WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Gill net fishermen in Pamlico Sound could kill up to 100 threatened and endangered sea turtles every year through 2010 under a federal permit sought by the state. The permit also would allow up to 320 additional turtles to be caught and released during each September-to-December flounder fishing season. The proposal has outraged environmentalists and drawn criticism from some federal and state officials. They note that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't allowed to harm a third of that number of turtles for its dredging operations across the whole Southeast. The state Division of Marine Fisheries believes...
  • Displaced songbirds navigate in the high Arctic (Almost as if they were designed or something)

    09/07/2005 6:53:49 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 34 replies · 443+ views
    EurkAlert News ^ | September 6, 2005 | Staff
    By experimentally relocating migratory white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii) from their breeding area in the Canadian Northwest Territories to regions at and around the magnetic North Pole, researchers have gained new insight into how birds navigate in the high Arctic. In particular, the findings aid our understanding of how birds might determine longitudinal information--a challenging task, especially at the earth's poles. The work is reported in Current Biology by Susanne Åkesson and colleagues at Lund University in Sweden. Migratory birds navigating over long distances can determine their latitude on the basis of geomagnetic and celestial information, but longitudinal position is...
  • Southern Rocky Mountain Population of Boreal Toad No Longer Candidate for Listing

    10/05/2005 8:51:03 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 25 replies · 513+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 5 October 2005 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    USFWS Contacts: Al Pfister(970)243-2778 x 29 or Diane Katzenberger (303)236-4578 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the withdrawal of the Southern Rocky Mountain population of the Boreal Toad (Bufo boreas boreas) from the list of species being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has determined that listing this population of the Boreal Toad at this time is not warranted because it does not constitute a distinct population segment as defined by the ESA. Although no further action will result from this finding, the Service will continue to seek new information on the taxonomy,...
  • Python Eats Gator, Explodes

    10/07/2005 10:14:39 AM PDT · by Termite_Commander · 16 replies · 2,301+ views ^ | October 6th, 2005 | Denise Kalette
    MIAMI (AP) -- The alligator has some foreign competition at the top of the Everglades food chain, and the results of the struggle are horror-movie messy. A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said. The incident has heightened biologists' fears that the nonnative snakes could threaten a host of other animal species in the Everglades. "It means nothing in the Everglades is safe from pythons, a top-down predator,'' said Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor. Over the years, many pythons have been abandoned in the Everglades by...
  • Enviros sue feds to block development in roadless forests

    10/07/2005 9:34:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 506+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/7/05 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twenty environmental groups sued the Bush administration over a decision to repeal Clinton-era regulations that blocked road construction, logging and industrial development on more than 90,000 square miles of the nation's last untouched forests. In the lawsuit filed Thursday, the Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, Greenpeace and other groups challenged the U.S. Forest Service decision earlier this year to reverse the 2001 "roadless rule" that protected 58.5 million acres of undeveloped national forest. "These are the last wild areas of North America, and there is overwhelming public support for their protection from development," said Kristen Boyles,...
  • Wildlife issue aside, ANWR needs saving from politics

    10/09/2005 1:01:11 PM PDT · by akdonn · 42 replies · 768+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 10-09-05 | Craig Medred
    The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a wild and awe-inspiring landscape relentlessly mischaracterized. Here is the October issue of Smithsonian magazine: "Though ANWRs coastal plain boasts a dazzling abundance of wildlife -- the largest concentration of land-denning polar bears in Alaska, enormous flocks of migratory birds, wolves, wolverines, musk oxen, Arctic fox and snowy owls -- the caribou remain the symbol of the fight over the refuge." This theme has become the environmental touchstone for ANWR, and it is a fraud. ANWR is wild and awe-inspiring not for its abundance of wildlife but for the unsettling scarcity of it, for...