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Top News: Environment

Iceland volcano eruption would shut down air travel: authority

Reykjav - Icelandic aviation authorities warned Wednesday an eruption of the nation's largest volcano would trigger a shutdown of airspace, in a potential replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another peak blew four years ago.
In the Media by AFP

TEPCO is out of space for contaminated water, eyes Pacific Ocean

The Tokyo Electric Energy Corporation (TEPCO) announced today their failure to create an ice wall in a part of the underground tunnel connecting to a damaged reactor at Fukushima No. 1 power plant. This has not stopped TEPCO from pursuing an alternative.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Fuel oil spill closes 15-mile stretch of Ohio River

Cincinnati - A fuel oil spill at Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord power station outside of Cincinnati, Ohio has closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River to navigation today. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil were released.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Op-Ed: Ten years later, photographer still remembers Hurricane Charley Special

Punta Gorda - It was 10 years ago that a reported tropical storm Charley was to make landfall about 90 miles north of Tampa as a weak category 2 hurricane. Instead, it made a sudden sharp right-hand turn and 30 minutes later, hit Charlotte Harbor as a category 4 storm.
Digital Journal Report by George McGinn - 2 comments

Acidic waters affecting shark behaviors

Atlanta - Sharks rely heavily on their sense of smell to locate prey in the word's waters. A new study argues that their honing ability is affected as waters are becoming increasingly acidic.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Meerkats have a 'sinister' side, scientists say. Who knew?

Johannesburg - Oh sure, meerkats look cute and cuddly — and they are, but when it comes to certain aspects of their lives, these pint-sized critters can be rather ruthless, scientists have found.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton - 8 comments

Controversy over Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week'

A number of scientists have complained that they were duped into participating in "mockumentaries" that were broadcast during the Discovery Channel’s recent week long series of programs about sharks.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New 'killer' jellyfish found in Australian Waters

A newly discovered species of Irukandji jellyfish has been found off the Australian coast. Analysis suggests that the jellyfish can cause stroke and heart failure if a human was to be stung.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Oil and gas exploration threatens world's rarest dolphin

Auckland - With only 55 left in the wild, the Maui's dolphin, native to New Zealand, is under siege from trawling fisheries, and now wildlife officials are worried that proposed oil and gas exploration may threaten them further.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton - 3 comments

Proposal to restrict antibiotic use on farms

A measure being taken through the California legislature requires farmers to obtain a prescription to administer antibiotics to livestock.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Mutiny in Brisbane Parliament: Bill tabled by ordinary people

Brisbane - August 15, a group of everyday Queenslanders surged into the desolate Upper House Chamber of the Queensland State Parliament and tabled a new Bill.
In the Media by Elke Nagy

Amazon's largest fish is facing extinction

Fans of master-fisherman Jeremy Wade will remember the Animal Planet's "River Monsters" episode when he was rammed in the chest by a large Arapaima. While Wade practices catch-and-release, this majestic fish is being decimated in the wild.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 7 comments

Op-Ed: Congress and Bureau of Land Management is raping America's lands

The Bureau of Land Management's web site states their mission is “to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of America’s lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." But will our grandchildren have anything left to enjoy
In the Media by Karen Graham - 4 comments

Method to track infections in pigs

The latest genetic sequencing technologies have been utilized to develop new methods to identify genes which are important for the survival of bacterial infections in pigs. This is seen as an important step for reducing infection in livestock.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Conservation measures need to save black bears

Biologists have recommended that coordinated conservation management is needed to maintain healthy populations of black bears in the Central Interior Highlands of the U.S.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Clean hydrogen energy can allegedly be produced from methane

Rio De Janeiro - Researcher Fabio B. Noronha claims that he and his team with the National Institute of Technology may have found a way to convert methane into hydrogen energy.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 1 comment

Chinese zoo sees 'miracle' birth of panda triplets

Guangdong - Officials at Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park have reported the birth of three pandas from mother Juxiao. Both the mother and cubs are healthy.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Scientists studying great white sharks get an awesome surprise

Floating in the silent waters off of Guadalupe Island, an autonomous vehicle that resembles a torpedo floats in the blue. Then a great white shark, in a cautious arc ascends to investigate this unfamiliar intruder to its world.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton - 3 comments

Cat-eating Burmese python captured in Florida

Port St. Lucie - They can grow up to 23-feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds, and they are the apex predator of Florida's Everglades. We're talking about the Burmese python, a non-native species that has gotten loose, reproduced and taken over our southernmost state.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments
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