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Top News: Environment

Low-methane kangaroo gas may be key to bovine emissions problem

Kangaroos and cows share a similar diet – mostly grasses and other vegetation. Yet, kangaroos give off a relatively low-methane gas whereas cows and other livestock are a major source of the greenhouse gas.
In the Media by Martin Laine

Anti-immigration group tries to sway environmentalists

Santa Barbara - Talk about strange bedfellows. The Californians For Population Stabilization (CAPS), a lobby group against immigration, plans to run ads during Earth Day, hoping to sway environmentalists to their cause.
In the Media by Gene Kosowan - 1 comment

Plumbing problem surprise: A moose in the well

Over the weekend, a Hartland, Conn., family’s tap water stopped flowing, so on Monday they called a plumber. When he went out to check their well, he discovered the problem: a moose was trapped inside.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 2 comments

Horses at risk from pesky shrews

A species of shrew, common to Europe, has been identified as the host of a virus that can be lethal to horses. Scientists have called for the shrew population to be controlled.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Coral eating worm plagues reefs

A coral-eating flatworm presents a major threat for coral reefs. The worm is also capable of camouflage, a technique it uses by consuming algae on the coral.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Chile assessing damage from Valparaiso fire

Valpara - Chileans began returning to their homes in the port city of Valparaiso on Monday as firefighters got the upper hand over a massive fire that killed at least 15 and torched entire neighborhoods over the weekend.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Op-Ed: TEPCO floods wrong building with radioactive water

In what is becoming a macabre "Comedy of Errors," TEPCO officials are again beset with problems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. This time, they are blaming the accidental dumping of 200 tons of radioactive water into the wrong place on four pumps.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Thousands more Norwegian farm salmon escape in latest incident

More than 47,000 farm-raised salmon have escaped their cages in northern Norway, the fifth such escape in two months. Environmentalists are warning that the country’s growing aquaculture industry could destroy native wild salmon stocks.
In the Media by Martin Laine

New study shows how Asian air pollution affects the weather

In the first study of its kind, researchers have compared pollution rates from 1850 through 2000, and have discovered that man-made pollutants from Asian countries are impacting weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

Massive blaze brings death, destruction to historic Valparaiso

Valpara - A massive fire that killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of homes was still burning early Sunday in Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

Protest over bird of prey deaths in Scotland

Inverness - A protest took place today, April 12, in Inverness over the deaths of 19 birds of prey in the region. Twelve have been confirmed to have been poisoned.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 2 comments

Rare bird alert

Researchers have collated a list of the 100 most rare and unique bird species, many of which are facing extinction. The researchers warn that half of the 100 highest ranked bird species are receiving little or no conservation attention.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Sea otters can ‘get the flu’

Research suggests that Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus. Thus the findings suggest that human flu can infect sea otters.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Wood munching clams create marine ecosystem

A new study shows that wood-boring clams serve as ecosystem engineers by making the organic matter in the wood that falls in the deep waters of Monterey Canyon suitable for other creatures.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

California attempts to battle ‘silent oil spills’ Special

Sacramento - The California legislature will take up the issue of silent oil spills this year with a measure aimed at reducing the amount of oil contaminating the soil and water in the state. The measure rests its hope in technological advances in bio-based oils.
Digital Journal Report by Justin King

California salmon start hitching rides to Pacific Ocean

Rio Vista - Millions of young Chinook salmon will be catching rides to the Pacific Ocean this year because a severe drought has left Northern California's extensive river system too dry for them to get there on their own.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Mayor says Vancouver Aquarium should 'phase out' whales, dolphins

The mayor of Vancouver, Canada says his city's aquarium should no longer keep whales or dolphins. Currently two beluga whales and two Pacific white-sided dolphins are in captivity at the aquarium but Gregor Robertson wants to see that changed.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 7 comments

9 Blue Whales entrapped by ice and die off coast of Newfoundland

Ice entrapped and killed 9 blue whales off of the southwest coast of Newfoundland, Digital Journal has learned. Such deaths are unfortunate but not rare but 9 is considered an especially large amount to die at one time.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Death toll rises to 33 in massive Washington mudslide

Arlington - The death toll from last week's massive mudslide that destroyed part of a rural Washington community rose Monday to 33, authorities said.
In the Media by Nathan Salant
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