User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
Last updated: Jul 03 2015 04:40 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 1,816    
U.S., European Regulators, the Pope Agree: Time to Re-assess Pesticide Risks 3.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We know a lot about glyphosate, the pesticide widely known as Roundup. We know it kills the only food of the monarch caterpillar, linking it to nearly a 90 percent decline in monarch butterflies over the past two decades. We know that a report released by the World Health Organization in March links it to cancer. We know the Netherlands has banned over-the-counter sales of it. We know this month, France did the same. And this week, in response to a lawsuit filed by the conservation group where I work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed for the first time to analyze how 1,500 endangered plants and animals are impacted by Roundup and atrazine -- the two most commonly used pesticides in the world -- as well as well as two other pesticides similar to atrazine. Despite the many known risks associated with all four toxins, hundreds of millions of pounds of them are dumped on U.S. fields and gardens every year. So a fair response would be to ask why the EPA wasn't already assessing those risks. The ...
Also found in: [+]
A Government Snoop That Puts the NSA To Shame 2.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to monitor 95% of all credit-card transactions by 2016.
Is it endangered? More study for alligator snapping turtles 2.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal protection may be needed for three amphibian species and seven reptiles, including the hard-biting, spiky-shelled alligator snapping turtle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.
Also found in: [+]
Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws 1.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
ATLANTA (AP) — Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious ...
Also found in: [+]
RIP Tama The Cat: Thousands Attend Funeral Of Japan's Famed Feline Stationmaster-Turned-Goddess 1.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Thousands of people gathered in a Japanese city over the weekend to bid farewell to a beloved local icon: a cat named Tama who served as stationmaster of a rural railway station for almost a decade. The calico cat has been credited with saving the struggling station, and its railway line, from financial collapse. Tama in 2008. Tama’s road to glory began in 2007 when she was appointed honorary stationmaster at the unmanned Kishi station in rural Wakayama prefecture. Tama, who had been a stray who hung around the station, was the first cat in the world to hold such a position. According to the Associated Press, the Wakayama Electric Railway had been almost bankrupt at the time of Tama’s appointment, and the Kishi station had let go of all its staff. The president of the railway, Mitsunobu Kojima, told the news outlet that appointing Tama as stationmaster had initially just been an excuse to keep the cat at the station. “But she was really doing her job,” he said. Tama, wearing a custom-made stationmaster’s ...
Also found in: [+]
Everyone Loses In This Python vs. Porcupine Battle 26.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The life of a python in South Africa came to a thorny end last week. A mountain biker at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in a coastal part of KwaZulu-Natal province reportedly spotted the snake with a full belly on June 14. Last Saturday, the snake -- of which there are some graphic photos below -- was found dead not far from the original sighting. Experts at the game preserve autopsied the python and discovered a 32-inch, 30-pound porcupine inside of it. While a snake swallowing a spiky porcupine whole may sounds like a classic case of mutually assured destruction, it's actually not that uncommon. "The porcupine did not injure the snake at all and eating the porcupine should not have caused the snake to die," Lake Eland Game Reserve general manager Jennifer Fuller told The Huffington Post in an email. "The real cause of death is unknown." She said the stress from human interaction may have prompted the snake to try to regurgitate the porcupine but it got stuck. Fuller said the snake fell off a rocky ledge , ...
Also found in: [+]
Definitive Proof That There's Nothing Cuter Than A Baby Hippo Learning To Swim 24.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Baby pygmy hippo Obi might only be 3 weeks old, but he sure is getting the hang of this whole swimming thing. Obi and his mom, Petre, ventured into a large pool at the Melbourne Zoo last week for Obi's first real swim -- and, by the looks of it, he's a natural. As Obi bobs up and down and flicks his tiny hippo ears, we can't help falling in love. For the past few weeks, Obi -- whose name means "heart" in Igbo, a Nigerian language -- had been learning to swim in a shallow nursery pool, but zookeepers thought it was time for him to take the next step. Pygmy hippos, which grow to about one-quarter the weight of a regular hippopotamus , are highly endangered, with only a few thousand estimated left in the wild. Below are a few GIFs so you can watch Obi on an infinite loop: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
Also found in: [+]
Cat Takes Accidental Ride On An Airplane (VIDEO) 23.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Meow ready for takeoff. A cat finds itself on the flight of her life as she clings to the wing of a plane flying over Kourou, French Guiana. In a video posted on Sunday to YouTube, the pilot, Romain Jantot, and his passenger, don't notice the cat at first. Then, as she crawls toward them, they realize they've taken on an unwanted passenger. Jantot immediately starts his descent after spotting the feline stowaway and safely lands the plane. "A standard flight until ... I still don't know if it got in after the pre-flight check or if I missed it," the video description says. "The cat is doing well, she is still our mascot." Sometimes viral video clips turn out to be fakes. But Arizona pilot Stephen Bass told The Huffington Post he thinks this one's legit. Bass is the president of the nonprofit Copperstate Fly-In and has more than 500 hours of flying experience, including on light sport aircraft, like the kind shown in the video. "There's fabric on the top and the bottom of the wing and space in between," ...
Also found in: [+]
Earth is on track for a mass extinction, and humans are to blame, study says 20.6.2015 LA Times: Environment
Today's animal species are disappearing at a rate up to 100 times higher than they did in the past -- and humans are responsible, a new study warns.
Also found in: [+]
SciCheck: Cruz misses mark on endangered species 20.6.2015 Philly.com News
Ted Cruz said that “one of the worst things that can happen to a species is to be listed on the Endangered Species Act.” But the ESA has led to recovery of a number of species, and there is little evidence that listing harms animals and plants.
Also found in: [+]
Remember: The Alamo Has An Official Cat 19.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Alamo has a new official cat. The Texas General Land Office on Thursday announced the calico kitty has the formal title Miss Isabella Francisca Veramendi de Valero. But she goes by Bella. The General Land Office oversees the state-owned landmark in San Antonio. Bella welcomes visitors and prowls for rodents. The previous Alamo cat, who went by C.C. — for Mistress Clara Carmack — died last summer. Bella was found roaming the grounds of the Presidio la Bahia in Goliad. An employee brought her to the Alamo. Bella wears a tag that says, "I Belong At The Alamo." She's been seen on a cannon, playing near a computer keyboard and frolicking with workers. Staffers care for and pay her expenses. Bella spends nights in an Alamo office. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
Also found in: [+]
Cows More Likely To Kill You Than Sharks 19.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sharks are often considered one of humans' deadliest predators, but the data doesn't support that.

A study of animal-caused deaths in the US from 2001 to 2013 shows you're more likely to be killed by a cow than attacked by a shark.



-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Also found in: [+]
Cat Survives 2-Month Ride To Alaska In Mattress 18.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A family is reunited with their cat Moosie after the 2-year-old gray tabby survived a two-month journey trapped inside a mattress when its owners moved to their new home in Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/n1CP3M ) reports Kymberly and Jesse Chelf thought they lost Moosie when they left El Paso, Texas, in April. Jesse Chelf, who is in the Army, was assigned to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. A moving company left with their belongings, but the Chelfs spent three more days in Texas searching for their feline friend. Turns out, Moosie was already en route to Alaska — inside a futon mattress in the moving truck. The couple was reunited with the cat when the family's belongings arrived in Fairbanks last week. Kymberly Chelf says they rushed Moosie to a veterinary hospital, where he spent hours in surgery. She says Moosie is still recovering but is almost ready to return home. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject ...
Also found in: [+]
Gambler-Turned-Conservationist Devotes Fortune To Florida Nature Preserve 18.6.2015 NPR Health Science
M.C. Davis made millions gambling and buying up land and mineral rights. Now, he's restoring ecosystems destroyed by agriculture and timbering in his private preserve, one of the largest in the U.S.
Also found in: [+]
Nothing To See Here, Just A Raccoon Riding A Gator In Florida's Ocala National Forest 15.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is indeed a raccoon standing atop an alligator . Richard Jones of Palatka, Florida, told WFTV that he and his family had been walking along the Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest over the weekend when he captured this extraordinary photograph . Jones told the news outlet that his son may have frightened the raccoon, who ran towards the water and jumped aboard a gator that happened to be chilling near land. "I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river," Jones told WFTV. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime." “Let’s cruise, baby!” - Florida man snaps picture of raccoon riding a gator: http://t.co/Y9WWzL2xvD via @WFTV pic.twitter.com/AR1E7ZTwZN As the photograph of the gator-riding mammal went viral Sunday , social media had a field day. “Here's a raccoon. Taking a ride on an alligator. Because Florida,” ...
Also found in: [+]
New Tiny, Stunning Frogs From 'Sky Islands' May Be In Danger 11.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Seven dazzling new species of miniature frogs have been discovered on what scientists call “sky islands” in Brazil. The frogs, which belong to the genus Brachycephalus, are all so small they can fit on the surface of a dime, according to Science News. Twenty-one Brachycephalus were known prior to this study. The most recently discovered of the tiny amphibians were found by scientists during a five-year study of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest and are described in a paper published last week by journal PeerJ. The paper notes that the bright colors on several of the species indicate powerful neurotoxins in their skin. (Story continues below.) The Brachycephalus species are spread out amount the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina in southern Brazil, according to the paper, and are found on "sky islands” -- meaning mountains that are home to high-elevation, isolated habitats. The paper notes that this isolation means some of the frog species are totally isolated from one another, unable to travel from one ...
Also found in: [+]
Chimps Enjoy Getting Drunk On Fermented Palm Sap: Report 11.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chimpanzees in West Africa get inebriated during lengthy "drinking sessions" featuring the fermented sap of palm trees — normally used to make palm wine — according to a new study published Wednesday. The report in the journal Royal Society Open Science focused on primates living in Guinea, which use palm fronds to soak up the fermented sap of raffia palms that can contain up to 6.9 percent alcohol — stronger than most beers. "The habitual and voluntary consumption of ethanol has been documented until now, only in humans," apart from anecdotal observations in wild apes, said Kimberley Hockings of Oxford Brookes University, one of the report's co-authors. While baboons in South Africa are known to steal fermenting grapes from vineyards and monkeys are known to sneak the odd cocktail from unsuspecting resort tourists, the chimpanzees in Boussou are unique because their alcohol consumption is not the result of any human interaction, the report said. Some of the chimps "consumed ...
Also found in: [+]
Special I-90 overpass will help animals cross safely 9.6.2015 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Interstate 90 is a lifeline for the Northwest, connecting people and economies across the Cascades and linking the region to the rest of the country....
Also found in: [+]
Animals getting overpass on I-90 8.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The state will break ground Tuesday on Washington’s first wildlife overpass to provide safe passage for bear, elk, foxes and other animals over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.
Also found in: [+]
Think You're Good At Something? You're Not. This Dog Is 5.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Allow us to introduce "Ozbert Humpledink Pumperknickle." He is a remarkable dog with incredible balance, poise and grace. Can you do that? Of course not. Let's move on. Ozzy's owner, Nick Johnson of Norwich, England, said he worked on the trick with Ozzy for the better part of two years. Johnson and Ozzy have formed a formidable partnership that's led to true dog trick mastery, as is evidenced on the pair's YouTube channel. "I love working challenges out," Johnson told The Huffington Post in an email. "Dogs really react well to genuine emotions, and I believe Ozzy knows when we're working on a big project." Johnson elaborated on his secret to success. "My work with Ozzy on tricks is always done using positive reinforcement methods," he said. "I work out what Ozzy wants (frisbee) and he has to work out what I want (handstand on rope). There is no failure, only encouragement. The real work is being as subtle as possible to help Ozzy get the frisbee." In the land of dogs who are good at things, Ozzy is ...
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 1,816