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Mama Mia Mantis 27.11.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Will global warming bring more butterflies to northern Europe; can more species now live in the Arctic and Antarctic. We have to allow for changing habitat and even habitat preferences, if we are going to face the true character of global warming, drying environments or melting ice.
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Dutch Heath Authorities To Kill 8,000 Ducks To Prevent Bird Flu 22.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
AMSTERDAM, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday. The clearing operation at the duck farm in Barneveld, will increase the number of animals destroyed since the first infection was discovered last Sunday to 211,000 birds. "It is necessary to do everything needed to prevent an outbreak like in 2003," when 30 million chickens were culled, the statement said. High-intensity Dutch farms house millions of animals -- 103 million chickens, 12 million pigs, 4 million cows and millions more sheep, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and goats. But health officials fear that the close proximity of the farms ...
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National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers 22.11.2014 NPR: Saturday
It's illegal to dig wild ginseng out of national park land. But it sells for thousands of dollars overseas, so poachers find it hard to resist.
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Des Moines struggling with nitrates in water 22.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent ...
Sewer, water rates to rise 19.11.2014 Durango Herald
After no public comment about significant proposed increases in water and sewer rates, Durango city councilors agreed Tuesday to proceed with city ordinances to up the charges.The average household’s total increase for water and sewer services will be about $22.60 per month in the winter – which reflects domestic usage but...
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Hang Out With The Shedd Aquarium's Precious New Sea Otter Pup (WATCH LIVE) 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just can't get enough of Pup 681, the abandoned sea otter pup who arrived at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium late last month ? You're in luck. At 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Shedd and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which originally discovered the pup on Coastways Beach in September, will co-host a Google Hangout On Air session to update the public on 681's progress in the weeks since she arrived at her new permanent home in Chicago. The "poolside" session will be moderated by journalist Bill Kurtis. Follow the action above, or register for the hangout to ask questions or make comments. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #puphangout. Want to see how far little 681 has come in just a few weeks? Watch the pup learning how to swim shortly after she arrived at the Shedd, and check out some of her baby photos, ...
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International Fisheries Body Raises Quota On Endangered Bluefin Tuna 17.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

MILAN (AP) — A multi-nation fisheries body has increased the quotas on Bluefin tuna fished in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea amid early signs of population recovery, raising concern among conservationists.


The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas on Monday raised next year's quota on Bluefin tuna off the United States, Canada and Mexico by 14 percent to 2,000 metric tons. It raised the quota on the Mediterranean Bluefin tuna population by 20 percent to 15,821 metric tons.


Amanda Nickson of the Pew Environment Group said the decision puts at risk the population recovery made over the last several years.


The World Wildlife Foundation called on fishers and consumers "to take greater responsibility" to ensure Bluefin tuna recovery.

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California law supports letting owners grow vegetables 16.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Hotter Sex, Cooler Planet 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Originally published on TIME.com Earlier this year, NASA issued a report declaring that global warming isn't coming, it's already here. "This Is What a Holy Sh*t Moment for Global Warming Looks Like," according to a headline on Mother Jones. Two studies in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters reported that major glaciers that are part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appear to have become irrevocably destabilized. The collapse of these major glaciers now "appears unstoppable," according to NASA. An article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association states, "Health is inextricably linked to climate change ," including respiratory disorders, infectious diseases, water-borne diseases and mental health disorders. Warmer oceans mean that sea levels will rise more than 3 feet in 200 years, or less, eventually triggering the collapse of the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. When the ice sheet is gone, sea levels will rise between 9 and 15 feet, which will, over ...
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This Sea Otter Pup Loves Snacks, Milk And Toys Just As Much As Any Other Baby 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Chicago's Shedd Aquarium clearly has a star on its hands. Just over two weeks ago, the facility took in a young, orphaned southern sea otter . Dubbing her "Pup 681" for now, Shedd employees provide her round-the-clock care, ensuring that the surprisingly furry critter learns basic otter tasks such as grooming, foraging, feeding and regulating her own body temperature. If the aquarium's latest video and photo releases are any indication, little 681's lessons appear to be going swimmingly. Footage shows the pup feeding from a bottle, playing with her toys and learning how to swim. She also appears to be growing and looks ever so slightly larger than the last time we saw her, about a week ago . The pup is also preparing for her first Google Hangout. On Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. ET, the Shedd will host a live “poolside” hangout with Pup 681. Moderated by veteran Chicago journalist Bill Kurtis, the event will provide the public with an update on her progress. Registration for the hangout can be accessed here. Go, ...
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Open Letter Poem 14.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A single fact to start: Nicholas Kristof (and others) have reported that more women were killed in the last 50 years just for being women than all of the men in all of the wars of the 20th century! Come again? It's a fact. The men bought it in World Wars or regional wars or battles sanctioned by the State -- the women all died because they had female body parts! Do we all know that a 27-year-old, critically ill woman (26 weeks pregnant) died recently while undergoing a Cesarean section ordered by a judge in Washington, D.C., in his attempt to save the fetus? (The judge, by the way, was aware of the great risk to the young woman's life.) The world was outraged by the YouTube beheadings of journalists by ISIS, but, folks, women are beheaded (or stoned to death) with appalling regularity in countries like Saudi Arabia. Just for "being women" -- or for acting on human desire, for having an opinion, for seeking to be educated. Sixteen-year-old Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai is shot in the head by the ...
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Mostly Plants: New Science Says a Healthier Diet is Best for the Climate 13.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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How animals hacked the rainbow and got stumped on blue 12.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A lesson in nature. There's more than one way to make color. And, more than one way to use it to your advantage.
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How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue 12.11.2014 NPR News
There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.
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A Health Check-up for Our Environment—Ignored at Our Own Risk 12.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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A Health Check-up for Our Environment - Ignored at Our Own Risk 11.11.2014 International Rivers Sitewide RSS Feed
Chinese river dolphins baijidolphin.weebly.com In the 1950s, thousands of Baiji river dolphins plied the waters of the Yangtze, Asia’s mightiest river. The Chinese river dolphin had evolved over 20 millions of years, and was revered as the goddess of the Yangtze. By 1994, fewer than 100 individuals remained, and by 2006, the dolphin had become extinct . A proud branch on the tree of life had been destroyed in the blink of an eye by pollution, dam building, and reckless navigation. Sadly, the goddess of the Yangtze is not alone in her fate. The last Chinese paddlefish was sighted in 2003. The majestic Chinese sturgeon is considered to be critically endangered as well. Of the 143 fish species which were historically recorded in the Yangtze River, only 17 were left in 2013. As many as 30 million animal, plant and fungi species populate Planet Earth. About 1.7 million of them have been identified and described. What is the health of these plant and animal kingdoms? Which species groups are at particular ...
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Oil palm ecology suits some. 11.11.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
How can we cope with the burgeoning oil palm plantations. Instead of just complaining, here is one piece of evidence from the Journal of Applied Ecology . Perhaps some other organisms can survive in these nightmares for many almost-extinct animals and plants.
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A Health Check-up for Our Environment - Ignored at Our Own Risk 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the 1950s, thousands of Baiji river dolphins (pictured) plied the waters of the Yangtze, Asia's mightiest river. The Chinese river dolphin had evolved over 20 millions of years, and was revered as the goddess of the Yangtze. By 1994, fewer than 100 individuals remained, and by 2006, the dolphin had become extinct . A proud branch on the tree of life had been destroyed in the blink of an eye by pollution, dam building, and reckless navigation. Sadly, the goddess of the Yangtze is not alone in her fate. The last Chinese paddlefish was sighted in 2003. The majestic Chinese sturgeon is considered to be critically endangered as well. Of the 143 fish species which were historically recorded in the Yangtze River, only 17 were left in 2013. As many as 30 million animal, plant and fungi species populate Planet Earth. About 1.7 million of them have been identified and described. What is the health of these plant and animal kingdoms? Which species groups are at particular risk? Are the extinct Chinese river ...
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Nevada Poachers Face Trial Charged As 'Serial Wildlife Killers' 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laura Zuckerman Nov 10 (Reuters) - Three men convicted of state hunting violations in Nevada now face trial on federal charges stemming from a poaching ring that saw untold numbers of deer, antelope, birds and other wildlife killed illegally across Nevada, game officials said on Monday. Authorities uncovered the poaching ring after one of the defendants posted a photograph on Facebook of two deer he shot and killed out of season last June, said Cameron Waithman, who led the Nevada Wildlife Department investigation of the case. The ensuing probe found that Adrian Acevedo-Hernandez, 36, Jose Luis Montufar-Canales, 31, and J. Nemias Reyes Marin, 31, had been illegally killing and butchering animals across the state and bragging about the kills online since early 2013, Waithman said. The men, described by Waithman as "serial wildlife killers," were convicted in a state court of misdemeanor hunting violations earlier this year. In July they were indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas ...
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Guest: Create more pathways for urban nature 11.11.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
It’s the smaller things in life that can have a major impact on the environment; take bees, for instance, writes guest columnist Mark Winston.
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