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Wendy Heller | Dec 4, 2007 2:00 AM
The past year has seen more weather records smashed as extreme events take a firmer hold of the planet, says WWF at the start of the UN climate change conference. The overview from the global conservation organization, Breaking Records in 2007 - Climate Change, shows record lows for sea ice cover in the Arctic, some of the worst forest fires ever seen and record floods. "Events like these show the urgent need to take decisive action on climate change," says Hans Verolme, Director of WWF's Global Climate Change Programme
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Wendy Heller | Dec 3, 2007 2:00 AM
The tranquil Satabhaya coast along the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary has turned into a graveyard for Olive Ridley sea turtles with over a hundred decomposed bodies of these delicate marine species spotted along a kilometre stretch shoreline. The sighting of bodies of these sensitive marine animals has triggered a near-catastrophe like situation before the onset of 'arribada' (mass egg laying phenomenon). The large number of death of the sea turtles that has put the forest personnel in a spot of bother was confirmed by forest personnel on Monday
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Wendy Heller | Dec 3, 2007 2:00 AM
This month, the Shark Alliance is welcoming a suite of opportunities to secure a brighter future for beleaguered shark species, particularly those within Europe. Through deliberation of EU proposals and overlapping international discussion of global action, these exceptionally vulnerable animals are at last getting some long overdue attention
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Wendy Heller | Dec 2, 2007 2:00 AM
The 16 big flasks of bubbling bright green liquids in Roger Ruan's laboratory at the University of Minnesota are part of a new boom in renewable energy research. Driven by renewed investment as oil prices push $100 a barrel, Dr. Ruan and scores of scientists around the world are racing to turn algae into a commercially viable energy source
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Wendy Heller | Dec 2, 2007 2:00 AM
A female beluga whale that had fallen ill at an Atlanta aquarium, died early Saturday morning, aquarium officials said. The female whale, Marina, died about 2 a.m. Saturday, said Jeff Swanagan, the president and executive director of the Georgia Aquarium, touted as the world's largest. "She was showing increased disorientation in her swimming behavior. Then she stopped swimming and stopped breathing," he said. Officials do not know why the whale died. Swanagan said the aquarium would conduct a necropsy on Saturday to determine the cause of the whale's death, focusing on the whale's central nervous system. The whale had stopped eating on Nov. 22 and had become disoriented, injuring her chin. She had been kept under 24-hour watch by aquarium staff and veternarians. About 16 staff members and volunteers were in her pool when she died, he said
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Wendy Heller | Dec 2, 2007 2:00 AM
About 2,500 penguins en route to their Antarctic mating grounds could be sickened by a diesel fuel spill from a Canadian cruise ship that struck an iceberg and sank last week. A marine biologist says areas surrounding the almost two kilometre-long spill site include breeding grounds for Antarctic and Adelia penguins, and the largest mating colony for Papua penguins. Maria Jose Rosello, a Chilean marine biologist, says: "The danger is that this fuel spill will impede the journey that species like Papua penguins make at this time of year. Rosello says the area is also home to seals, petrels and other sea birds
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Wendy Heller | Dec 1, 2007 2:00 AM
US lawmakers urged Japan to limit its whale hunt and use other, non-lethal means to conduct scientific research on whales. Democratic and Republican senators sent a letter Thursday to Japan's ambassador in Washington asking the country to "reconsider its impending hunt of approximately 1 000 whales, including fin and protected humpback whales
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Wendy Heller | Dec 1, 2007 2:00 AM
The United Nations watchdog on endangered species said Friday it is launching a database to track the international trade in caviar and tackle its illegal trade. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species said the database will record details of all permits and certificates that authorize trade in caviar, and will help detect and deter fraudulent applications
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Wendy Heller | Nov 30, 2007 2:00 AM
Finally, some good news about the prospects of coral reefs in the age of climate change. According to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, corals may actually survive rising ocean temperatures in 'tough love' seas with wide-ranging temperatures. Researchers discovered that coral reefs in sites with varying seasonal temperatures are more likely to survive the 'hot pulses' of Climate Change. Conversely, reefs living in environments with stable but higher temperatures are more susceptible to "bleaching," a global phenomenon where beneficial algae are "evicted" by corals, ultimately leading to the reef's demise
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Wendy Heller | Nov 29, 2007 4:05 AM
A fossilized shark that swallowed a crocodile-like amphibian that, in turn, had gobbled up a fish has now been unearthed. This exceptional find marks the first time scientists have found direct evidence of such a complex, extinct food chain. In the past, researchers had uncovered evidence of what past species ate based on the fossilized contents of their guts or droppings. For instance, fossilized dung, or "coprolites," have revealed some dinosaurs ate grass
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