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Top News: Environment

Multiple sources confirm SeaWorld's Kalia is pregnant

San Diego - Several sources from within SeaWorld have now confirmed to Digital Journal that 9-year-old killer whale Kalia, is pregnant.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Norwegian teen lives in cave for a year for the environment

Sogn - Today, April 22, is Earth Day 2014 and what better way to celebrate than to give an example of one teenager's aims to reduce her environmental impact on the world. To that end, this 19-year-old student has lived in a cave for almost a year.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Does air pollution decline as economic freedom rises? Special

Toronto - Does the quality of the air increase with economic prosperity? That's the opinion of the right-of-center Canadian Fraser Institute. It is not a view shared by the Green Party.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Former trainers decry possible orca pregnancy at SeaWorld Special

San Diego - A newly-released YouTube video caused a stir over the weekend after it showed SeaWorld staff performing an ultrasound on an allegedly pregnant young female orca in San Diego.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

A thirst for fresh water in Saudi Arabia

Man has always assumed the water we drink, bathe in and use for our recreation is one of our unending natural resources. Where water has been available, cultures have flourished. But our global "footprint" is now affecting our critical watersheds.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

A secret no more: One-fifth of China's soil is contaminated

When is a state secret no longer considered secret? How about when the secret has grown so bad that there is fear that irreparable damage to the environment and to the population as a whole will result in consequences for which there is no remedy.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Despite ICJ ruling, Japan proceeds with Pacific whale hunt

Japan announced on Friday it would conduct a scaled-down annual whale hunt in the Northern Pacific this year, according to Reuters. This is despite an international court ruling in March against their Antarctic whaling program.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

The fading footsteps of Mongolia's Gobi bears

The Gobi is the world's fifth largest desert, and stretches from north to northwestern China and into parts of southern Mongolia. A land of climate extremes, temperatures can reach 122 degrees F in the summer and drop to -40 degrees F in the winter.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

Fracking: Methane levels 1000 higher than EPA stats at some wells

West Lafayette - The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 6 comments

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

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

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 - 4 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
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