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SOCHI, Russia – This is the day when the cold mathematics begins for the U.S. Olympic officials, when they add up the total medals and see if, in grand U-S-A fashion, they can stake claim to No. 1. It matters to many, for future funding and national pride and all that. But I will always see these O...
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OTTAWA - A Federal Court judge has ruled that the environment minister and the fisheries minister both broke the law by failing to enforce the Species at Risk Act. In a case covering four species that Justice Anne Mactavish calls "the tip of the iceberg," the court found there's a major systemic pr...
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The steps are part of a broad effort announced Tuesday by the White House to stem a global boom in wildlife trafficking that threatens species such as the African elephant and the rhinoceros with extinction. "Record high demand for wildlife products, coupled with inadequate preventative m...
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Hundreds of thousands of marine mammals are injured or killed every year by fishermen around the world. And because most seafood in the U.S. is imported, that means our fish isn't as dolphin-friendly as you might expect. Under pressure from conservation groups, federal regulators are preparing to t...
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Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing. Strawberries pollinated by bees were of far higher commercial value than fruit that was self-pollinated or pollinated by the wind. They were heavier, firmer and redder and had a l...
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American Environmental groups get involved to make sure Canada enforces its own laws against hunting of polar bears. MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, November 30, 2012 (ENS) – A petition from an American environmental group alleging Canada’s failure to protect polar bears under Canadian law will move...
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Here is some ways you can help the elephant   6 ways to help elephants With the elephant poaching epidemic in Africa running rampant — and renewed ivory lust growing worldwide — experts fear the survival of the species is at stake. By Melissa Breyer Wed, Sep 05 2012 at 1:35...
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As elephants become endangered, I am proud of Denver for getting involved and making a difference in this international cause! Please read more about this issue. As feds crush ivory in Denver to curb poaching, Kerry offers $1M reward to stop elephant killing By Bruce FinleyThe Denver Post U.S. au...
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Once a rare delicacy served to honored guests, shark fin soup had become so popular among China's fast-growing elite in recent years that it was pushing some shark species close to extinction. Now, there is fresh hope for sharks around the world. The demand for shark fins has plunged, providing a r...
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Genetic tests have confirmed that an outbreak of a measles-like virus known as morbillivirus is playing a major role in the massive dolphin die-off on the Mid-Atlantic coast. This is the second big strike for the virus, which was the chief agent behind a wave of infections that struck bottlenose do...
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Federal funds for a Nevada-based desert tortoise conservation center are running dry and wildlife officials plan to close the facility and euthanize hundreds of tortoises that were once classified as “endangered” and are currently considered “threatened.” The desert tortoise can be found in the sou...
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Two researchers have provided the first video-based observation of swimming and diving apes. Instead of the usual dog-paddle stroke used by most terrestrial mammals, these animals use a kind of breaststroke. The swimming strokes peculiar to humans and apes might be the result of an earlier adaptatio...
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A new documentary, “The Act of Killing,” explores the human capacity for mass murder. It addresses the Indonesian fratricide of the mid-1960s, in which a million people may have been killed. The slaughter was monstrous, but it was also mystifying — which is the way it often is. I’ve interviewed war...
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The story of how 13 armed law enforcement agents reportedly raided an animal shelter to capture and then kill a 35-pound baby deer has some questioning whether the state used excessive force. The raid occurred July 15 when nine Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources agents and four local sheriff...
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Despite occupying just 0.03% of the planet’s surface, the region’s lush forests are home to an incredible 500 thousand unique organisms — representing over 4% of all the known species on Earth. For the hundreds of animals held captive in the country’s zoos, however, that hotbed of life had been repl...
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WOODS HOLE --- The sendoff felt a little like the dawn of a new adventure, a trip to uncharted territory — a discoverers’ voyage to the new world, or the wild west. And the subject of the voyage is almost as unknown and misunderstood, its public perception more determined by stereotypes than hard fa...
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Should some of the most social, intelligent and charismatic animals on the planet be kept in captivity by human beings? That is a question asked more frequently than ever by both scientists and animal welfare advocates, sometimes about close human cousins like chimpanzees and other great apes, but ...
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In testimony of the delicate balances that combine to form an ecosystem, a new study shows how the return of the wolf to Yellowstone National Park has led to a resurgence of a key portion of grizzly bears' diet: berries. Published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, the study is one of the first...
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to take a serious look at the health and environmental risks of atrazine -- a dangerous pesticide, commonly found in drinking water, that's now detected in about 95 percent of our waterways.Atrazine is a potent endocrine disrupter that ca...
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A Smithsonian museum scientist who dealt with the nation's largest dolphin die-off arrived Tuesday to help figure out what's killing dolphins in Virginia at a rate not seen in 26 years. As of Monday, 16 dolphins had washed up dead in Virginia in August, bringing this year's total to 103. Almost hal...
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