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Giant panda populations have grown, but 223 still face high risks

The good news? China's population of wild giant pandas has increased by nearly 17 percent in the last decade. The bad news? Of these wild pandas, 223 are at high risk of not surviving, an official survey on the endangered bears has found.

Construction work disturbs 500 garter snakes in B.C.

Delta - Metro Vancouver's wildlife rescue center now has a full house, caring for about 500 garter snakes rescued from their den at a Delta, B.C. construction site. The reptiles were rudely awakened from their winter rest because of construction activities.

Third orca calf born to endangered killer whale pods in 2 months

The endangered southern resident killer whale population has grown again with the birth of the third orca calf in the past two months. This calf was born to the 'L' pod, the other two were born to the 'J' pod.

Ocean animals are getting progressively larger

Ocean animals have been getting larger over the millennium. According to a new analysis, reviewing thousands of species from the Earth’s seas since the Cambrian Period, there has been a gradual uplift in size.

Octopus seen leaping out of water to catch crab - Video

A flying octopus? Well almost! This amazing video from Australia shows an octopus leaping out of the water to catch a crab for its dinner.

China's latest survey finds wild giant pandas staging a comeback

China's giant pandas are having a population boom, according to a survey conducted by the Chinese government. The survey, released Saturday states that their numbers in the wild have increased by nearly 17 percent during the last decade.

Antarctica's ice melt could redraw map of world's coastlines

NASA satellite studies show that in the past decade Antarctic ice melt has been adding about 118 billion metric tons per year to the oceans. This has raised concerns about a drastic reshaping of the world's major coastlines with heavy human population.

How bedbugs have sex safely

According to a new study, the spongy undersides of female bedbugs protect the insects from painful intercourse. This answers the conundrum as to how the insects reproduce.

Warning: Great white shark stalking waters off Washington state

Police in the Washington state community of Ocean Shores are telling people to stay out of the water as they believe a large great white shark is trolling the shores. They issued the warning after tests were done on a seal that was bitten in half.

Bat avoidance tactics of the Luna moth

New research has shown how Luna moths can use their long tails to throw bats off their trail. This avoids them being eaten by the flying predators.

Stand-off in the Amazon: Tribes shut down oil company airport

Loreto - Members of two different Peruvian native groups have occupied the airport of Pluspetrol, an Argentine oil company that is accused of failing to compensate local communities for damage to the environment.

Op-Ed: Gross incompetence at Fukushima — Is an apology enough?

Fukushima - It was discovered on Tuesday that a drainage ditch moving runoff water from the contaminated roof of Sector 2 at Fukushima was transporting water rich in cesium together with rain into the sea, with radiation levels 20 times higher than at the plant.

Sea cumbers remain in danger as popularity as food source rises Special

Trade in shark fins has fallen in the past year, according to a new study. This is despite the continuing popularity for shark’s fin soup in China.

The loss of tropical rainforests has accelerated by 62 percent

A new study using satellite-based imagery from 1990 to 2010 shows the real extent of tropical rainforest deforestation around the globe. The rate of deforestation was found to have accelerated by 62 percent.

India's tiger census success story may be inaccurate, study says

New Delhi - The accuracy of India's recent tiger census that suggested tiger numbers have increased is now being called into question by a new study. The Indian government had celebrated the rise in tiger numbers from 1706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.

Italian fisherman reels in monster 280-pound catfish [Photos]

Veneto - While fishing in the Po Delta last week, an Italian fisherman, Dino Ferrari, managed to reel in a 280-pound wels catfish. The monstrous fish is being touted as the largest wels catfish ever caught with a rod and reel.

Fireworks blamed for death of tiger in China

China's fireworks displays can be spectacular and loud during the celebration of the Lunar New Year. The noise apparently scared a seven-month-old tiger cub kept in a high-rise apartment, causing it to plunge to its death.

Protecting wetlands is of pressing importance Special

Disturbing data suggests that almost two-thirds of the world’s wetlands have been lost over the past 100 years. This has resulted in a loss of freshwater animals and plants.

President Obama vetoed controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project

Washington D.c. - On February 24, U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline project. GOP lawmakers are unable to reverse his decision after a long battle with power struggles, interruptions, public protests, and legal challenges.
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