Alaska snow crab harvest slashed by nearly 90% after population crash in a warming Bering Sea
As the sea bottom warmed, snow crab also appear to have moved much farther to the northwest and in deeper waters than in years past. But scientists, in testimony to the council, said the evidence indicates a big downturn in the population - not just a migration out of the survey zone.
2021-10-09 08:10   (seattletimes.com)
Finland To Start Vaccinating Minks Against COVID-19
Finland will begin vaccinating minks on fur farms against Covid-19 after authorities granted temporary approval for an experimental vaccine, the country's regulator said Friday.
2021-10-01 02:46   (ndtv.com)
US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct
Death's come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government is declaring them extinct.
2021-09-29 08:06   (apnews.com)
Fukushima nuclear water to be released via undersea tunnel
The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Wednesday it plans to build an undersea tunnel so that massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water can be released into the ocean about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) away from the plant to avoid interference with local fishing.
2021-08-25 02:07   (apnews.com)
Killer whale dies suddenly at SeaWorld San Diego
Amaya began showing signs of illness on August 18, and animal care specialists and veterinarians began treating her immediately. Despite her care team's efforts, Amaya's condition continued to decline rapidly. Her death was sudden and unexpected
2021-08-20 05:19   (abcnews.go.com)
Florida swamped by red tide is fertilizer plant spill making it worse?
Dolphins, manatees and 800 tons of dead fish are piling up on the state's shorelines in one of the worst algal blooms in years
2021-07-17 06:00   (theguardian.com)
Scientists don't know why hundreds of birds are getting sick and dying across the U.S.
Symptoms include crusty or puffy eyes, neurological signs of seizures and an inability to stay balanced. Experts said the birds have been behaving as if they are blind and exhibit other abnormalities, such as not flying away when people get close.
2021-06-22 03:28   (nbcnews.com)
Mysterious situation in Coconut Grove as thousands of expensive fish suddenly die outside several homes
It's more than fish, too. Birds, plants and even mammals have been turning up dead; at least two wild racoons have also died, all in the same neighborhood.
2021-05-01 11:19   (local10.com)
Denmark to cull entire mink population after coronavirus mutation spreads to humans
Minks have also been culled in the Netherlands and Spain after infections were discovered.
2020-11-04 12:36   (cnbc.com)
At least 2.5 million minks to be culled in Denmark as coronavirus hits fur farmsKTSM 9 News
Danish veterinarians and farmers have begun culling at least 2.5 million minks in northern Denmark, authorities said Monday, after coronavirus has been reported in at least 63 farms.
2020-10-13 01:40   (ktsm.com)
Birds are dropping dead in New Mexico, potentially in the 'hundreds of thousands'
Desmond said it is difficult to say how many birds are dying, but that there have been reports across the state. "I can say it would easily be in the hundreds of thousands of birds."
2020-09-15 09:30   (nbcnews.com)
Raccoon dog 'regrettably and avoidably destroyed', says wildlife body
"After careful consideration, humanely putting the raccoon dog to sleep was considered the most appropriate control option and in the best interest of this individual animal in these circumstances."
2020-07-15 12:00   (bbc.com)
Deadly rabbit virus nicknamed 'bunny Ebola' spreading in southwest USBusiness Insider
Across seven states in the Southwest, thousands of wild and domestic rabbits are dying from a rare outbreak of a highly contagious disease known as rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2).
2020-07-06 12:00   (businessinsider.com)
Botswana investigating mystery deaths of 275 elephants
The number of elephants found dead in Botswana’s Okavango Panhandle has risen to 275 from 154 reported two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday.
2020-07-02 10:57   (reuters.com)
Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya
The poachers have not yet been identified, and their motive is still unclear.
2020-03-10 12:00   (bbc.com)
Tesla Gets Go-Ahead to Resume Clearing Forest in Germany
The factory will be designed with "sustainability and the environment in mind," Musk said last month on Twitter, adding Tesla will plant three new trees for every one cut. Tesla will also have to scare off or relocate wolves, bats, snakes, ants and lizards until construction is over.
2020-02-21 12:00   (finance.yahoo.com)
Officials to kill thousands of camels in Australia as they drink too much water amid wildfires - TheHill
The camels are also being removed due to concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, since camels emit one ton of carbon dioxide per year.
2020-01-06 09:41   (thehill.com)
Wildlife ravaged by Australia fires could take decades to recover
The bushfires raging across Australia have had a devastating impact on the country's unique flora and fauna, with some estimates putting the death toll at nearly half a billion animals in one state alone, and experts believe it could take decades for wildlife to recover.
2020-01-03 12:00   (phys.org)
Scientists say quarter of all pigs could die of swine fever
African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian countries. Chinese authorities have destroyed about 1.2 million pigs in an effort to contain the disease there since August 2018.
2019-10-31 12:00   (apnews.com)
Northern reindeer that roamed Taymyr peninsula are at the brink of extinction
More than 40,000 wild reindeer perished since the last count in 2017, said scientists who returned from a major expedition to the Taymyr Peninsula.
2019-09-30 12:00   (siberiantimes.com)
3 billion fewer birds are in North America now than in 1970
North America has lost nearly three billion birds since 1970, a new study says, which also found significant population declines among hundreds of bird species, including those once considered plentiful.
2019-09-19 05:32   (usatoday.com)
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Are Breeding in Brazil, Despite Biotech Firm's Assurances to the Contrary
In nature, the intermingling of traits between different species can sometimes provide an evolutionary boost in a phenomenon known as "hybrid vigor." In this case, and as the researchers speculate in the new study, the added genetic diversity may have resulted in a more "robust" species...
2019-09-16 06:00   (gizmodo.com)
Genetically modified mosquitoes breed in Brazil
An attempt to contain the populations of the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti in Brazil may have failed. It appears that gene mutations have been transferred to the local population.
2019-09-13 12:00   (dw.com)
Mystery Dog Disease Is Killing Pets in Norway
A number of dogs have died suddenly in Norway from a mysterious illness over the past few days and authorities are warning owners to limit contact between pets.
2019-09-07 06:00   (bloomberg.com)
Bees Are Dropping Dead in Brazil and Sending a Message to Humans
Death came swiftly for Aldo Machado's honey bees. Less than 48 hours after the first apis mellifera showed signs of sickness, tens of thousands lay dead, their bodies piled in mounds.
2019-08-19 06:00   (bloomberg.com)
An assessment of acute insecticide toxicity loading (AITL) of chemical pesticides used on agricultural land in the United States
our screening analysis demonstrates an increase in pesticide toxicity loading over the past 26 years, which potentially threatens the health of honey bees and other pollinators and may contribute to declines in beneficial insect populations as well as insectivorous birds and other insect consumers.
2019-08-06 12:00   (journals.plos.org)
Bees Drop Dead After California Earthquake, Leaving Netizens Clueless
A blogger from California, which was recently hit by the largest earthquake in at least 20 years, has shared videos of a "bee-calypse" right on the pavement in front of his house, as thousands of the buzzing insects fell dead, paralyzed, or were left completely disoriented on the ground.
2019-07-08 08:07   (sputniknews.com)
Jim Beam fire in Kentucky has led to thousands of fish dying because of bourbon runoff into Kentucky River
According to officials, the dead fish will decompose naturally with no harm to the river, so there is no plan to remove them.
2019-07-08 09:45   (cbsnews.com)
Florida residents urged to kill iguanas ‘whenever possible’
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said people should exterminate the lizards on their properties as well as on 22 areas of public land. It did not say how civilians should try to kill them.
2019-07-04 04:49   (theguardian.com)
Loss rates of honey bee colonies during winter 2017/18 in 36 countries participating in the COLOSS survey, including effects of forage sources
These COLOSS surveys represent many thousands of beekeepers over a large and expanding number of participating countries.
2019-05-30 12:00   (tandfonline.com)
Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.
2019-02-10 01:00   (theguardian.com)
Early Thanksgiving Counts Show a Critically Low Monarch Population in California
The California overwintering population has been reduced to less than 0.5% of its historical size, and has declined by 86% compared to 2017.
2018-11-29 11:00   (xerces.org)
Whale stranding in New Zealand leaves 145 dead
In separate incidents, 12 pygmy whales and a sperm whale also beached in New Zealand over the weekend.
2018-11-26 12:00   (bbc.com)
Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested 6kg of plastic
Items found included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops.
2018-11-20 12:00   (bbc.com)
Hundreds of birds dead during 5G experiment in The Hague, The Netherlands
For several days in a row, dead starlings fall from the sky in the Huijgenspark in The Hague. It is estimated that around 150 birds have already lost their lives.
2018-11-05 12:00   (healthnutnews.com)
Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees
Exposing bees to glyphosate alters the bee gut community and increases susceptibility to infection by opportunistic pathogens.
2018-09-24 12:00   (pnas.org)
Swine Waste Swirls Into Carolina Floods, Threatening Humans
Hurricane-wracked North Carolina faced a health and environmental crisis after at least 17 hog-waste lagoons were compromised and sewage plants across the state flooded, releasing millions of gallons of partially treated human discharge.
2018-09-18 01:19   (bloomberg.com)
Toxic red tide algae moves north near Tampa Bay, killing hundreds of thousands of fish
The toxic algae bloom that has carved a trail of dead animals and triggered a putrid stench along western Florida's coastline has drifted further north, killing hundreds of thousands of fish in the Tampa Bay region.
2018-09-09 10:40   (beaumontenterprise.com)
Massive fish die-off creates smelly mess in Malibu
a massive die-off has claimed hundreds of fish, which are now rotting along the shoreline
2018-08-27 04:10   (abc7.com)
Toxic red tide blooms are creeping up Florida's west coast, killing marine life and irritating humans
A toxic algae bloom is creeping up the west coast of the Sunshine State, killing wildlife and keeping residents and tourists away from the acclaimed beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.
2018-08-12 04:17   (abcnews.go.com)
Red tide decimates wildlife along Florida’s southwest coast
Florida's southwest coast, a ribbon of inlets and barrier islands normally brimming with wildlife, has become a red tide slaughterhouse this summer.
2018-07-31 08:17   (miamiherald.com)
Dozens of raccoons die from viral 'zombie' outbreak in Central Park
More than two dozen Central Park raccoons have died in an ongoing viral outbreak that causes "zombie" behavior in the critters, authorities determined.
2018-07-21 08:32   (nypost.com)
Trash piles up in US as China closes door to recycling
US recycling plants have broken a major taboo and no longer bother sorting plastic and paper, and instead simply send it straight to landfills.
2018-07-12 12:00   (yahoo.com)
Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
Since the Aedes aegypti is an invasive species native to Africa, wiping them out in Australia wouldn't do much ecological damage in the country.
2018-07-10 02:58   (cnn.com)
Trash Cleanup Underway on Lake Minnetonka Following 4th of July
Six divers recovered trash, including bottles, cans, American flags, sunglasses and even an iPhone.
2018-07-05 06:26   (kstp.com)
Nearly 200 horses found dead on Navajo land in drought-hit Arizona
Almost 200 feral horses have been found dead around a pond in Navajo land in northern Arizona, according to tribal leaders, the victims of overpopulation and dwindling water resources.
2018-05-07 12:00   (yahoo.com)
Cause Of Young, Starving Pelicans Appearing in OC and LA Counties Remains A Mystery
Wildlife experts are trying to figure out what is happening to young, starving pelicans that have been appearing across Orange County, after more than a dozen of the sickly birds were found in the past three days.
2018-05-04 06:53   (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
Move Over Chernobyl, Fukushima is Now Officially the Worst Nuclear Power Disaster in History
Total release of Cesium-137 to the environment from Fukushima: 152 to 164 quadrillion Becquerel. Total release of Cesium-137 into the environment from Chernobyl: between 70 and 110 quadrillion Bq.
2018-04-27 12:00   (counterpunch.org)
Growing ‘dead zone’ confirmed by underwater robots
Of course all fish, marine plants and other animals need oxygen, so they can't survive there. It's a real environmental problem, with dire consequences for humans too who rely on the oceans for food and employment.
2018-04-27 12:00   (uea.ac.uk)
More than 50 dead geese fall from Idaho sky in 'freak accident' - Fox News
A gaggle of geese was found dead in a parking lot in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in what wildlife officials are calling a "freak accident." The 51 birds were clumped together, soaking wet, as golf ball-sized hail rained down on them during a thunderstorm Saturday night.
2018-04-10 12:00   (foxnews.com)
Sticky piles of toxic PFAS foam plaguing Michigan lake
A July 2017 test showed perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or PFOS, in the foam at concentrations up to 165,000 parts per trillion (ppt), which is roughly 13,000 times Michigan's limit of 12-ppt for PFOS in surface waters like lakes, rivers or streams.
2018-02-04 09:27   (mlive.com)
New Zealand fisheries want grisly images of dead penguins caught in nets censored
The seafood industry in New Zealand has asked the government to withhold graphic video of dead sea life caught in trawler nets as they are potentially damaging to fisheries and to brand New Zealand.
2018-01-16 11:13   (theguardian.com)
Grand Manan fisherman finds lobster with Pepsi can imprinted on claw - New Brunswick - CBC News
Karissa Lindstrand had already spent five hours banding lobster claws on a boat called Honour Bound, off Grand Manan, when a blue and red logo she knew well caught her eye. It was a Pepsi can image "tattooed on the lobster's claw," said Lindstrand.
2017-11-29 06:30   (cbc.ca)
Fears for world's rarest penguin as population plummets
Almost half the breeding population of the world's most endangered penguin species, the yellow-eyed penguin, has disappeared in one part of New Zealand and conservation groups believe commercial fishing is to blame.
2017-11-26 11:06   (theguardian.com)
Pacific Ocean 'blob' appears to take toll on Alaska cod
Gulf of Alaska cod populations appear to have nose-dived, a collapse fishery scientists believe is linked to warm water temperatures known as "the blob" that peaked in 2015.
2017-11-07 03:52   (theolympian.com)
Tyson Foods Linked to Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History
Less oxygen dissolved in the water is often referred to as a "dead zone" because most marine life either dies, or, if they are mobile such as fish, leave the area. Habitats that would normally be teeming with life become, essentially, biological deserts.
2017-10-31 07:33   (ecowatch.com)
'Alarming' study shows number of insects have been decimated in Germany
Researchers in Germany have documented a steep decline in flying insects at dozens of nature reserves in the past three decades, and agricultural pesticides may be to blame.
2017-10-19 05:10   (telegraph.co.uk)
Water quality declining on the treasure coast; community hoping for a stop to Lake O release
The Army Corps of Engineers has to release more water to the St. Lucie Estuary to be sure the lake levels will not flood homes near the lake. On the other hand, the releases threaten the economy, tourism and public health on the Treasure Coast.
2017-10-09 10:59   (wptv.com)
Namibia says anthrax could be to blame for deaths of more than 100 hippos
More than 100 hippos have died in Namibia in a remote national park in the past week, the country's environment minister said on Monday, warning that anthrax could be to blame.
2017-10-09 11:37   (theguardian.com)
Monkeys die from heart attack at same time after tiger scare
At least a dozen monkeys were 'scared to death' after they suffered simultaneous heart attacks when they got a fright - from a roaring tiger, according to a report in the Mirror UK.
2017-09-12 12:00   (arynews.tv)
Brain-eating parasite likely responsible for massive leopard shark die-offs in Bay Area
The parasite is called Miamiensis avidus, and it's the pathogen most likely responsible for this year's mass die-offs of several Bay Area fish species.
2017-08-16 03:45   (sfgate.com)
Japan Captures More Photographs of Likely Melted Fukushima Fuel
The company aims to decide on the procedure to remove the melted fuel from each unit as soon as this summer. And it will confirm the procedure for the first reactor during the fiscal year ending March 2019, with fuel removal slated to begin in 2021.
2017-07-22 08:05   (bloomberg.com)
Toxic algae kills 2 dogs after swim in Napa County pond
A growth of blue-green algae in a pond in southern Napa County killed two dogs that swam in the murky water this week, causing local officials Friday to issue a county-wide warning.
2017-06-30 09:59   (sfgate.com)
Country-specific effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees and wild bees
Early studies of the impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides on insect pollinators indicated considerable harm. However, lingering criticism was that the studies did not represent field-realistic levels of the chemicals or prevailing environmental conditions. Two studies, conducted on different crops and on two continents, now substantiate that neonicotinoids diminish bee health
2017-06-30 12:00   (science.sciencemag.org)
Mysterious Sea Pickles Invading West Coast in Bizarre Bloom
scientists worry that they might all die at the same time, which could lead to a mass of decaying organic matter, which would suck oxygen out of the water and perhaps create a dead zone.
2017-06-22 12:12   (newsweek.com)
Mysterious Shark Die-Offs Occurring Near San Francisco Bay
Researchers are trying to figure out why hundreds of leopard sharks have been washing up dead the past 12 weeks on the shores of the San Francisco Bay.
2017-06-01 08:38   (nbcbayarea.com)
A third of the nation's honeybee colonies died last year.
America's beekeepers watched as a third of the country's honeybee colonies were lost over the last year, part of a decade-long die-off experts said may threaten our food supply.
2017-05-26 11:41   (usatoday.com)
Symptoms From Aliso Canyon Methane Gas Leak Still Plague Neighbors
Some who live in Porter Ranch continue to report symptoms nearly a year after the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak was permanently plugged. Now a local doctor is asking why these symptoms don’t seem to be going away.
2017-02-08 07:24   (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
Dozens of False Killer Whales Die in Stranding in South Florida
The area around the scene has been closed by the National Park Service, with no flyovers or boats allowed in the area for safety. The cause of the stranding is yet to be determined. Necropsies are already being performed and the team continues to take samples.
2017-01-16 01:59   (nbcmiami.com)
Radiation from Japan Fukushima nuclear disaster reaches Oregon
Seawater samples from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach indicate radiation from the nuclear disaster but at extremely low levels not harmful to humans or the environment.
2016-12-09 04:04   (cbsnews.com)
Wildlife populations plunge almost 60 percent since 1970
Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 percent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday.
2016-10-26 08:37   (reuters.com)
Bees Added To U.S. Endangered Species List For 1st Time
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given endangered status to seven species of yellow-faced bees native to the islands. These are "the first bees in the country to be protected under the Endangered Species Act," according to the Xerces Society, which advocated for the new designation.
2016-10-03 01:58   (npr.org)
Living fossil crabs mysteriously dying in Japan
Hundreds of horseshoe crabs - known as "living fossils" as they are among the earth's oldest creatures - have washed ashore dead in southern Japan, confounding experts who study the alien-like sidewalkers.
2016-09-15 12:00   (phys.org)
Aimed at Zika Mosquitoes, Spray Kills Millions of Honeybees
The Monday morning scene at Juanita Stanley's apiary in Summerville, S.C., was ghastly and stunningly quiet: Everywhere one looked were clumps of honeybees, dead after a dousing on Sunday with the potent pesticide with which the local authorities had intended to kill mosquitoes.
2016-09-01 12:00   (nytimes.com)
Dorchester County apologizes after millions of honeybees killed by mosquito spraying
"My wife called a short time after the flyover and said, 'We have a mass killing,'" he said. "'We have thousands and thousands of bees dead all around our pool deck and our driveway, just everywhere.'"
2016-08-30 06:14   (postandcourier.com)
More than 300 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway
More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in southern Norway, officials said Monday, in the largest such incident known to date.
2016-08-29 12:00   (yahoo.com)
Russian biological warfare troops rushed to Arctic after outbreak of lethal anthrax hospitalises 40
This follows the death of 1,200 reindeer suspected of contracting the disease after a contaminated corpse - buried at least 70 years ago - thawed because of a heatwave in the Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia.
2016-07-29 11:44   (thesun.co.uk)
Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches, experts blame El Nino
Piles of dead whales, salmon, sardines and clams blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have been clogging Chile's pacific beaches in recent months.
2016-05-05 03:21   (abc.net.au)
This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it's basically unstoppable
Simply put, the disease is now in a "phase 3" epidemiological state, the study says, in which "the pathogen has spread far enough that eradication is no longer possible; local containment may still be an option."
2016-05-02 12:00   (washingtonpost.com)
Mass deaths of saiga antelope in Kazakhstan caused by bacteria
Almost total decimation of Betpak-Dala’s population of 200,000 saiga antelopes in 2015 caused by pathogen that led to hemorrhagic septicemia, say scientists
2016-04-14 07:26   (theguardian.com)
Fukushima report declassified: Worse than we were told
A new declassified report from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, written on March 18, 2011 just days after the disaster, sheds light on just how bad it was. We now know that "100% of the total spent fuel was released to the atmosphere from unit 4."
2015-12-12 04:17   (rt.com)
Radiation spikes in Fukushima underground ducts
Tokyo Electric Power Company has detected 482,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium in water samples taken from the tunnels on December 3rd. That's 4000 times higher than data taken in December last year. The samples also contained 500,000 becquerels of a beta-ray-emitting substance, up 4,100 times from the same period.
2015-12-09 08:54   (www3.nhk.or.jp)
Radiation from Japan nuclear disaster spreads off U.S. shores
The latest readings measured the highest radiation levels outside Japanese waters to date some 1,600 miles (2,574 km) west of San Francisco. The figures also confirm that the spread of radiation to North American waters is not isolated to a handful of locations, but can be detected along a stretch of more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) offshore.
2015-12-03 12:00   (reuters.com)
337 whales die in mass stranding on Chilean coast
The scientific expedition counted 305 bodies and 32 skeletons of whales through aerial and satellite photography in the remote Aysen area between the Gulf of Penas and Puerto Natales. The cause of death of the sei whales is unknown, but human intervention has been ruled out.
2015-12-02 08:56   (cbc.ca)
Brazil's slow-motion environmental catastrophe unfolds
Eight days after the town of Bento Rodrigues was swept away by 50m cubic metres of toxic mud, a slow-moving tide of toxic iron-ore residue is oozing downriver, polluting the water supply of hundreds of thousands of residents as it makes its way to the ocean.
2015-11-13 02:03   (theguardian.com)
California Lake Mysteriously Runs Dry Overnight, Killing Thousands Of Fish
A Northern California reservoir ran dry overnight, killing thousands of fish and leaving residents looking for answers.
2015-09-24 11:11   (sacramento.cbslocal.com)
Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Up on Tianjin's Shores, a Week After the Blasts
Thousands of dead fish have washed up on the shores of the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, eight days after a series of deadly explosions at a warehouse killed at least 114 people, injured hundreds more, and left 69 people, mainly firefighters, still missing.
2015-08-21 01:56   (time.com)
What's Killing the Baby Sea Lions?
The reason why baby sea lions - most of which are born at the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara - are starving is not a mystery. The coastal population of sardines, a major food source for sea lion mothers, has plunged in the past eight years. Additionally, in the current season, sardines have moved far offshore, and so this winter mother sea lions have been hard-pressed to find enough to eat and also nurse their hungry pups.
2015-03-18 12:00   (eastbayexpress.com)
Scientists know there are more giant craters in Siberia, but are nervous to even study them
Now, however, researchers fear there are more craters than anyone knew - and the repercussions could be huge. Russian scientists have now spotted a total of seven craters, five of which are in the Yamal Peninsula. Two of those holes have since turned into lakes. And one giant crater is rimmed by a ring of at least 20 mini-craters, the Siberian Times reported. Dozens more Siberian craters are likely still out there, said Moscow scientist Vasily Bogoyavlensky of the Oil and Gas Research Institute, calling for an "urgent" investigation.
2015-03-01 12:00   (smh.com.au)
Radioactive Water at Fukushima Site Leaks Into Ocean, Tepco Says
Tepco, as the company is known, detected 23,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 137, from rainwater accumulated on the roof of the No. 2 reactor building, the utility said yesterday in a statement. The legal limit for releasing cesium 137 is 90 becquerels per liter. Cesium 137 releases beta and gamma radiation and exposure to large amounts can cause acute radiation sickness and death, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Exposure also raises the risk of developing cancers.
2015-02-25 01:21   (bloomberg.com)
Monsanto monarch massacre: 970 million butterflies killed since 1990
The beautiful monarch butterfly, which is also a major pollinator, is being threatened by herbicides that eradicate milkweed, its primary food source. Now, a desperate rejuvenation program is under way to save the species from possible extinction. A shocking statistic released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday summed up the plight of the monarch butterfly: Since 1990, about 970 million of the butterflies
2015-02-10 10:52   (rt.com)
Researchers confirm that neonicotinoid insecticides impair bee's brains
The contribution of the neonicotinoids to the global decline of insect pollinators is controversial and contested by many in the agriculture industry. However, the new research, published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, demonstrates for the first time that the low levels found in the nectar and pollen of plants is sufficient to deliver neuroactive levels to their site of action, the bee brain.
2015-02-05 12:00   (phys.org)
Navy Sailors Possibly Exposed to Fukushima Radiation Fight for Justice
The doctor answered that he had removed six thyroid glands in recent months from sailors who had been on that ship, Morales relates. Only then did Morales make the connection between the worst accident in the history of civilian atomic power and her own fate.
2015-02-05 12:00   (spiegel.de)
Sea Turtles Washing Up In Cape Cod Bay
But the annual turtle stranding jumped this year — approximately 1,200 "cold-stunned" sea turtles have landed on the Massachusetts shore already, most of these critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles. It's an overwhelming number, and one that wildlife experts have been hard-pressed to explain. "I am hearing a lot of theories, but the reality of the situation is we really don't know — nobody knows," said Connie Merigo, stranding program manager at the New England Aquarium.
2014-12-19 01:45   (businessinsider.com)
Pittsburgh Zoo rehabbing sea turtles from Massachusetts
While the New England Aquarium usually treats and rehabilitates several hundred sea turtles each year, beginning in September and usually peaking between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this year’s total of 900 stranded turtles so far is “unprecedented,” Ms. Romasco said. The turtles are 5 to 10 years old and live to be 60 to 80 years old. “It happens every year, but this year is off the charts,” she said. “Every time I check in, the numbers are so much higher.”
2014-12-02 12:00   (post-gazette.com)
Waste Water from Oil Fracking Injected into Clean Aquifers
State records show waste water from several sources, including from the oil and gas industry, has gone into the aquifer below where 60 different water supply wells are located within a one mile radius. “That’s a huge concern and communities who rely on water supply wells near these injection wells have a lot of reason to be concerned that they’re finding high levels of arsenic and thallium and other chemicals nearby where these injection wells have been allowed to operate,”
2014-11-14 11:52   (nbcbayarea.com)
Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
2014-11-10 12:00   (whoi.edu)
Drinking water safe after 5K-gallon spill into Ohio River
Jack Karnes who has lived near California Nature Preserve along the Ohio River downriver from New Richmond since 1939 said he's never seen a spill on the river like this and he knew exactly what was going on when he woke up and took a deep breath. "I hauled oil for 10 years," he said. "I knew what it was." Dave Palanci, who lives in the same neighborhood, said he also smelled the oil when he woke up. "I knew what it was, but I didn't know where it was coming from," Palanci said. "You knew what it was as soon as you smelled it." The men, who were sitting in Karnes' garage Tuesday morning, said they weren't concerned about the spill because oil sits on top of the water and most fish sit on the bottom of the river.
2014-08-19 11:10   (usatoday.com)
Scientists alarmed by new mystery disease | Homer Tribune
Sea stars along Kachemak Bay are found missing limbs, their flesh decayed to such a degree some observers are describing the sight as “melting sea stars.” When this new mystery disease hits, suction cups on sea star tube feet fail them becoming too weak to cling to dock pilings. Their cups don’t adhere to rocks in their habitat tidal pools.
2014-08-05 12:00   (homertribune.com)
Thousands Of Jellyfish-Like Creatures Wash Up On Pacifica Beaches
The beaches in Pacifica were glimmering blue after thousands of jellyfish-like creatures washed up on shore earlier last week. The creatures known as Vellela Vallela are a close relative of the jellyfish, but don’t sting.
2014-07-28 02:55   (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Coral Communities Is Deeper and Broader than Predicted
"The footprint of the impact of the spill on coral communities is both deeper and wider than previous data indicated," said Fisher. "This study very clearly shows that multiple coral communities, up to 22 kilometers from the spill site and at depths over 1800 meters, were impacted by the spill."
2014-07-28 12:00   (science.psu.edu)
Peninsula marine life centers losing sea stars to mysterious disease
“It's the largest mortality event for marine diseases we've seen,” Drew Harvell, a marine epidemiologist at Cornell University, told EarthFix, a public radio media project. “It affects over 20 species on our coast, and it's been causing catastrophic mortality,” she added in a report published this month by the Public Broadcasting Service.
2014-07-27 06:55   (peninsuladailynews.com)
Water off Capitola Beach cleared by police after unknown substance found in water
A bizarre scene unfolded at the beach in Capitola on Friday afternoon with thousands of dead fish on the beach and a paste-like substance in the water. Though it's unclear if the substance led to the death of the fish, police cleared the water as a precautionary measure. About 3 p.m., there was a report of a tan, paste-like substance floating on the surface of the ocean near Esplanade Park, Sgt. Cliff Sloma said.
2014-07-25 12:00   (santacruzsentinel.com)
Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.
2014-07-23 06:59   (reuters.com)
Thousands of Dead Fish Found at Manresa Beach in Aptos | NBC Bay Area
Thousands of dead gray and white fish washed up on the sand of Manresa State Beach in Aptos Friday morning, according to NBC affiliate KSBW. Monterey Bay marine biologist Giancarlo Thomae told KSBW he thinks the fish died from asphyxia after the fish swam too close to shore.
2014-07-18 12:00   (nbcbayarea.com)
Debris cleanup at Fukushima reactor may have contaminated rice crops
Radioactive cesium exceeding the government limit of 100 becquerels per kilogram was detected in rice crops from Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, last year, including areas located more than 20 km from the crippled nuclear plant.
2014-07-14 12:00   (japantimes.co.jp)
Near Spill, Reservation Wrestles With Oil's Impact
Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, whose subsidiary Arrow Pipeline LLC owns the pipeline, says the toxic fluid travelled a snaking, nearly 2-mile path down into a ravine, eradicating a 200-yard stretch of vegetation along its way. But the company says there is no evidence the saltwater made its way into Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water for the reservation.
2014-07-12 04:13   (hosted.ap.org)
Bird decline 'smoking gun' for pesticide's effects
Now, Dutch scientists have, for the first time, shown an association between the use of imidacloprid and a decline in common birds. Claire Marshall looks at how neo-nicotinoids are affecting crops and wildlife The researchers looked at 15 bird species that depend on insects as their main source of food. The Dutch have kept long-term records on the numbers and health of these warblers, swallows, starlings and thrushes.
2014-07-09 06:02   (bbc.com)
Fish die-off in Marina del Rey blamed on oxygen depletion
State wildlife officials investigating the die-off of thousands of anchovies in Marina del Rey over the weekend have concluded that the fish probably died because they sought refuge in the harbor, became trapped and used up all of the oxygen in the water.
2014-05-20 12:00   (latimes.com)
Ebola outbreak: Death toll rises to over 140 in Liberia, Guinea
A total of 142 deaths have been reported from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization said. Dozens killed by ebola outbreak Doctors work to isolate Ebola outbreak The virus is still limited to the two nations, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, despite rumors of it spreading to other countries.
2014-04-23 08:04   (cnn.com)
World's banana supply threatened by virus, says UN group
But now the Cavendish, which makes up about 95 percent of global banana exports, is dying from the fungus strain Ploetz found. The strain has hit the banana crop in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The worry is that it will spread to Central and South America—where the U.S. gets the vast majority of its bananas.
2014-04-22 12:00   (cnbc.com)
Beekeepers search for answers as colonies show up damaged after almond farm pollination
As many as 80,000 bee colonies have died or been damaged this year after pollinating almond trees in the San Joaquin Valley, and some beekeepers are pointing to pesticides used on almond orchards as a possible cause.
2014-04-20 09:07   (sacbee.com)
Crews Clean up Oil Spill in Texas Shipping Channel
Environmental groups said the spill occurred at an especially sensitive time and place. The channel in Texas City, about 45 miles southeast of Houston, has shorebird habitat on both sides, and tens of thousands of wintering birds are still in the area. At least 50 birds of six species have needed treatment due to the oil, said Richard Gibbons, conservation director of the Houston Audubon Society. The species include sanderling, ruddy turnstone and the American white pelican, Gibbons said. Gibbons agreed that the majority of the oil could wash up as tar balls farther south. If it hits the coast sooner, it could damage the natural habitat of many more birds, he said.
2014-03-25 12:00   (abcnews.go.com)
Damning study blames BP oil spill for heart defects in fish
Scientists find evidence of Deepwater Horizon's potentially lethal effect on commercial fish species
2014-03-24 03:02   (theverge.com)
Climate Change: Consensus
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,1and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.
2014-03-23 12:00   (climate.nasa.gov)
The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project
A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because of growing evidence that the technology it uses is killing birds.
2014-02-12 08:17   (online.wsj.com)
Fukushima radiation levels underestimated by five times
TEPCO has revised the readings on the radioactivity levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant well to 5 million becquerels of strontium per liter – both a record, and nearly five times higher than the original reading of 900,000 becquerels per liter. Strontium-90 is a radioactive isotope of strontium produced by nuclear fission with a half-life of 28.8 years. The legal standard for strontium emissions is 30 becquerels per liter. Exposure to strontium-90 can cause bone cancer, cancer of nearby tissues, and leukemia.
2014-02-08 07:03   (rt.com)
37 millions bees found dead in Ontario, Canada after planting large GMO corn field treated with neonicotinoid class of pesticides
Millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted few weeks ago in Ontario, Canada. The local bee keeper, Dave Schuit who produces honey in Elmwood lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives.
2013-12-23 12:00   (seattleorganicrestaurants.com)
South Africa: 300 dead seals wash ashore in Cape Town
A high tide or extreme wind conditions probably caused the animals to be washed off Seal Island on Thursday night and officials say it is not a particularly unusual phenomenon.
2013-12-22 12:00   (africanconservation.org)
Our view: Dead eagles a concern
Utah wildlife officials aren't certain what has caused the recent rash of deaths, but indicate some of the eagles that were observed before they died suffered from head tremors. This may indicate some sort of poisoning.
2013-12-20 12:00   (standard.net)
1 million tons of Fukushima debris floating near US west coast?
The worst-case scenario would be that the trash is housing invasive organisms that could disrupt the local environment’s current balance of life. Such was the case in Guam, where earlier this year it was announced that the US government intended to parachute dead mice laced with sedatives on to the island in order to deal with an invasive species of brown tree snake that was believed to have been brought to the American territory on a military ship over 60 years ago. In a little over half a century, a few snakes spawned what became an estimated 2 million animals, the likes of which ravaged the island’s native bird population and warranted government intervention.
2013-11-06 11:37   (rt.com)
Giant oarfish carcass in Oceanside sliced up, removed for examination
It was the second rare find in a week. Last week, an 18-foot oarfish was found dead off Catalina Island.
2013-10-21 06:58   (latimes.com)
Rare 18-Foot Oarfish Found Dead Near Catalina Island
2013-10-15 12:00   (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
Vancouver Aquarium 'alarmed' at mass die-off of starfish on B.C. ocean floor
"They're gone. It's amazing," said Donna Gibbs, a research diver and taxonomist on the aquarium's Howe Sound Research and Conservation group. "Whatever hit them, it was like wildfire and just wiped them out."
2013-10-07 12:00   (vancouversun.com)
Researchers: Sonar mapping for oil near Madagascar killed 100 whales
2013-09-26 12:00   (rawstory.com)
Massive Starfish Die-Off Baffles Scientists
Since Martin was diving in an area frequented by crabbers, at first he thought the sunflower starfish had gotten caught in some of the crab traps and had lost limbs escaping. But Martin kept seeing large numbers of dead starfish as he and his friends swam to a marine park where such crab fishing is illegal. Martin knew then it wasn’t the traps that were causing the starfish deaths.
2013-09-09 12:00   (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
Elk herd found dead in northeastern NM
State biologists are trying to unravel a mystery of what killed a herd of elk in northeastern New Mexico. More than 100 elk found were dead on a ranch about 20 miles north of Las Vegas this week.
2013-08-29 12:00   (krqe.com)
6 who were minors at time of nuclear disaster newly found to have thyroid cancer
Six young people in Fukushima Prefecture, who were aged 18 or under when the nuclear crisis began to unfold there in March 2011, have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since June, prefectural authorities said Aug. 20. In addition, 10 children are believed to have developed the same form of cancer.
2013-08-21 12:00   (ajw.asahi.com)
Study: Oil from BP spill still lingers off Florida's coast
But oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, floating beneath the surface after being sprayed with dispersant, settled on a shelf 80 miles from the Tampa Bay region within a year of the spill's end, according to a scientific study published this week. There is some evidence it may have caused lesions in fish caught in that area, according to John Paul, the University of South Florida oceanography professor who is lead author on the study, published in Environmental Science & Technology. However, research is continuing on that question.
2013-08-20 02:36   (tampabay.com)
Dolphins dying by the dozens along East Coast
The carcasses of dozens of the marine mammals, seven times more than normal, have been washing up on beaches this summer, and scientists are struggling for answers to the die-off. In Virginia alone, at least 164 dead dolphins have been found this year, said Joan M. Barns, public relations manager for the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach. Almost half of those, 78, have washed ashore in August, she said.
2013-08-20 12:00   (cnn.com)
Biologist: Pacific herring in Canada bleeding from eyeballs, faces, fins, tails
Biologist: Pacific herring in Canada bleeding from eyeballs, faces, fins, tails — I’ve never seen fish looking this bad — All 100 examined were bloody — Officials informed of hemorrhaging soon after 3/11 — Gov’t ignoring problem
2013-08-19 12:00   (enenews.com)
Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima: What We Know: Scientific American
TEPCO estimated that between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels (units of radioactivity representing decay per second) of radioactive tritium have leaked into the ocean since the disaster, according to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. The Fukushima plant is still leaking about 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean every day, according to Japanese government officials.
2013-08-13 12:00   (scientificamerican.com)
Radioactive river mud threatens lakes, Tokyo Bay
Ibaraki Prefecture is known for producing the largest eel catch in Japan. In May, the central government suspended shipments of eels caught in Kasumigaura and other locations in Ibaraki Prefecture after cesium levels exceeding the government standard of 100 becquerels per kilogram for food were detected.
2013-07-05 12:00   (ajw.asahi.com)
Bees dying by the millions
Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees.
2013-06-19 12:00   (thepost.on.ca)
410 pigs and 122 dogs found dead in central China
A total of 410 pigs and 122 dogs were discovered in homes and at farms earlier this week in a village that comes under Yanshi city's jurisdiction in central Henan province, authorities said Wednesday.
2013-04-17 08:28   (hosted.ap.org)
Chinese authorities kill 20K birds as avian flu toll rises to 6
Details of the slaughter of chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons come as the city prepares to temporarily close all its live poultry markets. It wasn't clear how long the market closures -- announced Friday on the Shanghai Municipal Government's microblog account -- would last.
2013-04-05 07:59   (cnn.com)
Fish deformities linked to oil pollution in U.S. and Alberta
A renowned Alberta water scientist is urging the federal government to take action after he discovered deformities in fish in the Athabasca River downriver from oil sands developments bear a striking resemblance to ones found in fish after spills in U.S. waters.
2013-04-03 08:15   (cbc.ca)
Five floating dead black swans join China's animal apocalypse
The journalist was not impressed by the scene he found the pond. The water had an oily quality to it, and quite a lot of garbage could be seen on the surface. From what he could ascertain from locals, many people often used the pond to rinse cloths, mops, mats and other items containing various chemicals.
2013-03-27 12:00   (danwei.com)
China pulls 1,000 dead ducks from Sichuan river
Around 1,000 dead ducks have been pulled from a river in southwest China, local officials say.
2013-03-25 05:27   (bbc.co.uk)
Overfished and under-protected: Oceans on the brink of collapse
2013-03-22 12:11   (cnn.com)
Number of dead pigs mysteriously found in Shanghai rivers rises to over 16,000
Hog farmers have told state media that the dumping of swine carcasses is rising because police have started cracking down on the illicit sale of pork products made from dead, diseased pigs.
2013-03-22 12:00   (foxnews.com)
Dolphin Dies After Getting Stranded In Gowanus Canal
2013-01-26 12:00   (newyork.cbslocal.com)
China facing 'extremely grave' environmental crisis
Residents of a village in Hubei province told Xinhua they believed 60 locals, 1,677 trees and 1,500 ducks had died because of pollution from the factories.
2013-01-06 04:16   (telegraph.co.uk)
Fish Caught in Fukushima as Tainted as a Year Ago, Study Says
Contamination levels were particularly high among species dwelling at the bottom of the ocean, as sinking radioactive materials tainted the seafood, the research showed. The findings, published today in the journal Science, suggest there is a continued source of radiation from the seafloor that will have a lasting impact, said Ken Buesseler, the study’s author.
“This means that even if these sources were to be shut off completely, the sediments would remain contaminated for decades to come,” said Buesseler, a senior scientist at Woods Hold Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

2012-10-25 02:00   (bloomberg.com)
Pesticides put bumblebee colonies at risk of failure, study finds
Farming pesticides are also killing worker bumblebees, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail
2012-10-22 06:01   (guardian.co.uk)
How the world's oceans could be running out of fish
Global fish stocks are exploited or depleted to such an extent that without urgent measures we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans.
2012-09-21 12:00   (bbc.com)
La. officials close 12 miles of coastline after Isaac washes up tar balls, oil from BP spill hotspot
While the most toxic parts of raw oil quickly dissipate, the tar mats, tar balls and viscous sludge that reappear after storms remain a threat to fish, wildlife and humans, state authorities said. They can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, known carcinogens that can also disrupt endocrine systems in both humans and wildlife.
2012-09-04 04:10   (nola.com)
Fukushima mutant butterflies spark fear of effect on humans
Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies living near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The gruesome discovery has led scientists to fear that the leaking radiation could affect other species.
2012-08-14 10:01   (rt.com)
Fukushima radiation seen in tuna off California
Low levels of nuclear radiation from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant have turned up in bluefin tuna off the California coast, suggesting that these fish carried radioactive compounds across the Pacific Ocean faster than wind or water can.
2012-05-28 03:16   (reuters.com)
Peru investigates mystery pelican deaths
Authorities in Peru are investigating the death of over 538 pelicans, along with other birds, on the northern coast of the country, the Peruvian ministry of production said Sunday. The new environmental investigation comes on the heels of an incident earlier in April when 877 dolphins washed up dead on the same stretch of coast.
2012-04-30 02:29   (edition.cnn.com)
Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists
Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.
2012-04-18 03:16   (aljazeera.com)
Gulf sea turtle deaths up, joining dolphin trend
Federal scientists trying to figure out why dolphin deaths along the Gulf of Mexico are up this year now have a second challenge: a sharp jump in sea turtle deaths in some Gulf areas.
2012-03-30 10:43   (msnbc.msn.com)
Gulf Dolphins Exposed to Oil Are Seriously Ill, Agency Says
Dolphins in Barataria Bay off Louisiana, which was hit hard by the BP oil spill in 2010, are seriously ill, and their ailments are probably related to toxic substances in the petroleum, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggested on Friday.
2012-03-23 03:13   (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
Honeybee problem nearing a 'critical point'
"We are inching our way toward a critical tipping point," said Steve Ellis, secretary of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board (NHBAB) and a beekeeper for 35 years. Last year he had so many abnormal bee die-offs that he'll qualify for disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
2012-01-13 10:25   (guardian.co.uk)
Catching a Coral Killer
Coral reefs play an important role in marine ecosystems, so it's concerning to scientists, as well as ocean conservationists, that many coral reefs around the world are in distress or dying off.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sutherland has identified the first marine disease caused by humans, and it's proving fatal for Elkhorn coral in Florida.

2011-12-19 12:00   (nsf.gov)
Melting ice is Earth's warning signal and we cannot ignore it
Ice is the white flag being waved by our planet, under fire from the atmospheric attack being mounted by humanity. From the frosted plains of the Arctic ice pack to the cool blue caverns of the mountain glaciers, the dripping away of frozen water is the most crystal clear of all the Earth's warning signals.
2011-09-24 12:00   (guardian.co.uk)
Is the End of Salmon Near?
No matter which climate projections the researchers used, warmer waters spelled major trouble for the fish in the coming decades if people do nothing to help the fish. And the findings are likely to apply to a variety of salmon species up and down the West Coast, especially in California where temperatures are closest to the tipping point.
2011-09-14 07:00   (news.discovery.com)
Deterioration of oceans is leading to mass extinction of marine life, panel says.
Overfishing, pollution and climate change are pushing the world's oceans to the brink of a mass extinction of marine life on a scale unprecedented in human history, a group of scientists warned Monday, according to AFP.
2011-06-20 10:34   (globalpost.com)
13 animals hunted to extinction
Almost everyone is familiar with the tragic story of the dodo bird, the passive, flightless bird that was hunted to extinction by humans only about 100 years after its initial discovery in 1581. The phrase "to go the way of the dodo" is a linguistic reminder that careless hunting of nature's creatures can end in tragedy. Though the phrase is an established part of our language, the lesson has taken longer to learn.
2011-05-15 03:40   (mnn.com)
Snog - The Human Germ
2011-05-15 12:00   (youtube.com)
Odd Animal Deaths, Deformities Linked to Gulf Oil Spill?
On the first anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, scientists are observing strange deaths and deformities in animals that could be related to the disaster, experts say.
2011-04-19 12:00   (news.nationalgeographic.com)
South Korea Buries One Million Pigs Alive
South Korea has been heavily criticized for burying up to one million pigs alive as it grapples with a foot and mouth disease outbreak. South Korea Buries One Million Pigs Alive Enlarge photo Since the first case of the disease was confirmed in November the country has embarked on a mass cull.
2011-01-07 05:32   (uk.news.yahoo.com)
2 million fish found dead in Maryland
"Natural causes appear to be the reason," the Maryland Department of the Environment said in a news release. "Cold water stress exacerbated by a large population of the affected species (juvenile spot fish) appears to be the cause of the kill."
2011-01-06 09:41   (cnn.com)
40,000 crabs join slew of animal-death mysteries
Now, more than 40,000 Velvet swimming crabs have wound up dead on England beaches. The possible reason? Hypothermia.
2011-01-06 12:00   (thestar.com)
'Carpet' of dead snapper on NZ beach
New Zealand's Ministry of Fisheries officials are investigating after holidaymakers at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay found hundreds of fish dead on the sand on Tuesday.
2011-01-05 12:00   (dailytelegraph.com.au)
Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline
The abundance of four common species of bumblebees in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants, was likely to be a result of disease and inbreeding.
2011-01-03 08:02   (guardian.co.uk)
Massive fish kill blankets Arkansas River
Arkansas officials are investigating the death of an estimated 100,000 fish in the state's northwest, but suspect disease was to blame, a state spokesman said Sunday.
2011-01-03 07:00   (cnn.com)
The Associated Press: More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.
2011-01-02 02:35   (google.com)
Australia floods a 'disaster of biblical proportions'
A woman drowned after trying to cross a flooded causeway in Australia, becoming the first victim of relentless flooding that one official has described as reaching "biblical proportions," police said Sunday.
2011-01-02 12:00   (msnbc.msn.com)
Nearly 70 dead bats found in Tucson
Nearly 70 bats have been found dead in Tucson and Arizona Game and Fish officials are searching for answers.
2010-12-28 03:37   (azcentral.com)
Lake Mead sinks to a new historic low
Lake Mead sank to its lowest level in nearly 75 years on Sunday, a stark reminder of how drought and growing water demands have sapped the Colorado River and its huge reservoirs.
2010-10-19 12:00   (azcentral.com)
Toxic Hungarian sludge spill reaches River Danube
Toxic red sludge from a Hungarian alumina plant reached the Danube on Thursday and crews struggled to dilute it to protect the river from what the prime minister called an "unprecedented ecological catastrophe."
2010-10-07 05:30   (reuters.com)
80 pilot whales beached in New Zealand
A second mass beaching of whales in a month has occurred in New Zealand. This time 80 pilot whales have beached at Spirits Bay at the tip of New Zealand's North Island.
2010-09-23 05:03   (digitaljournal.com)
Huge fish kill reported in Plaquemines Parish
The dead fish include pogies, redfish, drum, crabs, shrimp and freshwater eel, the parish said.
2010-09-13 03:42   (nola.com)
Scientists Find Thick Layer Of Oil On Seafloor
It's very clearly a fresh layer. Right below it she finds much more typical seafloor mud. And in that layer, she finds recently dead shrimp, worms and other invertebrates.
2010-09-10 12:00   (npr.org)
Cold empties Bolivian rivers of fish
With high Andean peaks and a humid tropical forest, Bolivia is a country of ecological extremes. But during the Southern Hemisphere's recent winter, unusually low temperatures in part of the country's tropical region hit freshwater species hard, killing an estimated 6 million fish and thousands of alligators, turtles and river dolphins.
2010-08-27 12:00   (nature.com)
Thousands of dead fish reported at mouth of Mississippi
"By our estimates there were thousands, and I'm talking about 5,000 to 15,000 dead fish," St Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro was quoted as saying in a statement. He said crabs, sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout and red fish were among the species that turned up dead.
2010-08-24 12:00   (physorg.com)
Hundreds of Thousands of DEAD FISH on NEW JERSEY SHORE AUG 12 2010
2010-08-12 12:00   (youtube.com)
Ice Island Breaks off Greenland; Bigger Than Manhattan
An ice chunk four times the size of Manhattan has broken off of Greenland's Petermann glacier—possibly the biggest glacier collapse in recorded history, scientists announced Friday
2010-08-06 12:00   (news.nationalgeographic.com)
Pollution makes quarter of China water unusable
Almost a quarter of China's surface water remains so polluted that it is unfit even for industrial use, while less than half of total supplies are drinkable, data from the environment watchdog showed on Monday.
2010-07-26 09:33   (reuters.com)
Hundreds of dead penguins washed up in Brazil
Scientists are still investigating what could have caused the death of around 500 animals found on the shores of Sao Paulo state.
2010-07-21 08:41   (bbc.co.uk)
China oil spill after pipe blast 'worse than thought'
Officials say an area of ocean covering 430 sq km (165 sq miles) is now polluted - oil-eating bacteria and oil-skimming vessels are being deployed to remove the slick, which Greenpeace says is China's worst in recent memory.
2010-07-21 10:33   (bbc.co.uk)
Toxic spill from China copper mine spreads
The report came as Zijin, China's third-largest copper producer, issued a statement apologising for the July 3 mishap -- which killed off nearly 1,900 tonnes of fish -- and its "improper handling" of information about the spill.
2010-07-19 11:42   (news.yahoo.com)
Horton Plains Slender Loris pictured for first time
Experts believe the prime reason for its rarity was due to the loss of its natural forest habitat largely destroyed by the drive to create tea plantations.
2010-07-19 08:00   (telegraph.co.uk)
People in Northeast seek to beat triple-digit heat
The heat already has claimed at least two lives. An elderly woman was found dead Monday night in a Philadelphia home without air conditioning, according to the city medical examiner's office. An adult was found dead inside a Baltimore home with a temperature higher than 90 degrees, the Maryland state health department said Wednesday.
2010-07-07 09:26   (cnn.com)
Snakes in mysterious global decline
Researchers examined records for 17 snake populations covering eight species over the last few decades, and found most had declined markedly.
2010-06-09 02:45   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Desert storm: Huge cloud of sand descends on Chinese village
The bad news for the government is that the desert is growing despite their best efforts to contain it. The process of desertification has been worsened by over-grazing, deforestation, urban sprawl and an increasingly erratic climate.
2010-06-01 12:09   (dailymail.co.uk)
Battling a Virus Ravaging East Africa's Cassava Crops
The threat could become global. After rice and wheat, cassava is the world’s third-largest source of calories. Under many names, including manioc, tapioca and yuca, it is eaten by 800 million people in Africa, South America and Asia.
2010-05-31 12:00   (nytimes.com)
Hundreds die in Indian heatwave
Record temperatures in northern India have claimed hundreds of lives in what is believed to be the hottest summer in the country since records began in the late 1800s.
2010-05-30 04:32   (guardian.co.uk)
The Gulf's silent environmental crisis
Dolphins have washed up dead. Endangered sea turtles have been found with oil stuck on their corneas. Lifeless brown pelicans, classified as endangered until recently, have been carried away in plastic bags. Beaches in Grand Isle, Louisiana, are spattered with gobs of sticky crude. And when the moon rises over the coast there, the oil-soaked ocean sparkles like cellophane under a spotlight.
2010-05-28 09:40   (cnn.com)
Global warming may kill off fifth of global lizard species by 2080: study
The research found that more than a 10th of Mexico's Sceloporus lizard populations have been driven to extinction in the last 35 years, with the figure projected to increase to almost 40% by 2080. The scientists projected their findings globally using data from other lizard populations around the world.
2010-05-14 10:41   (guardian.co.uk)
Flooded Nashville faces long recovery
At least 27 deaths were blamed on flooding in the Southeast, 18 of them in Tennessee. And 10 of those Tennessee deaths occurred in Davidson County including Nashville, authorities said. "We all knew that there was going to be heavy rains this weekend, but Nashville normally gets about 5 inches of rain in the month of May and nobody could have predicted 15-16 inches of rain in 48 hours," resident John Rives said.
2010-05-04 01:54   (cnn.com)
Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe
Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.
2010-05-02 12:00   (guardian.co.uk)
North Pole rainfall 'bizarre'
Spring showers are next to non-existent in the High Arctic, so Environment Canada's senior climatologist says he's baffled to hear that it rained near the North Pole this week.
2010-04-29 04:22   (cbc.ca)
Oil spill could be disaster for animals, experts say
A huge oil spill oozing toward the Gulf Coast on Thursday threatens hundreds of species of wildlife, some in their prime breeding season, environmental organizations said.
2010-04-29 02:00   (cnn.com)
Ocean debris turning Hawaiian beach 'into plastic' [video]
They found more plastic particles than sand, as they dug a hole on what has been described as "the world's dirtiest beach".
2010-04-24 08:44   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Deadly airborne fungus in Oregon set to spread
A deadly, airborne new strain of fungus has emerged in Oregon. It has killed nearly one out of four known affected people so far and might also attack animals ranging from dogs to dolphins. And it is likely to spread, researchers now warn.
2010-04-22 06:12   (msnbc.msn.com)
Oil slick spreads from sunken rig
Up to 336,000 gallons could spill into the Gulf, based on the amount of oil the rig pulled out daily, O'Berry told CNN. And up to 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel could also leak, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashley Butler said.
2010-04-22 06:11   (cnn.com)
Burning rig leaks oil into Gulf of Mexico; 11 workers still missing
Crude oil was leaking from the rig at the rate of about 8,000 barrels per day, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashley Butler said. The Coast Guard also is preparing for possible leaks of up to 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel but can do little to protect the environment until the fire is out, Butler said.
2010-04-22 12:18   (cnn.com)
'Toxic stew' of chemicals causing male fish to carry eggs in testes
Intersex fish probably result from drugs, such as the contraceptive pill, and other chemicals being flushed into the water and have been found right across the US.
2010-04-21 11:05   (guardian.co.uk)
Beached whale's stomach found to be full of fresh trash
Sweatpants. A golf ball. Surgical gloves. Small towels. Bits of plastic. And more than 20 plastic bags.
2010-04-20 08:41   (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Brazil awards rights to develop Belo Monte dam
Environmental groups say the Belo Monte dam will threaten the survival of indigenous groups, and the lives of up to 40,000 people could be affected as 500 sq km of land would be flooded.
2010-04-20 12:43   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Ship's paint brings instant death to Great Barrier Reef
"The paint that's been scraped off onto the reef is killing corals in its vicinity or they're showing signs of almost immediate mortality from being close to the anti-fouling,
2010-04-13 01:02   (news.blogs.cnn.com)
World's 4th Largest Lake Nearly Dried Up
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called the drying up of the Aral Sea one of the planet's most shocking disasters and urged Central Asian leaders to step up efforts to solve the problem.
2010-04-04 12:00   (cbsnews.com)
Drought extinguishes Venezuela's lightning phenomenon
"This is unprecedented. In recorded history we have not had such a long stretch without lightning," said Erik Quiroga, an environmentalist and leading authority on the Relampago de Catatumbo, or Catatumbo Lightning.
2010-03-05 12:22   (guardian.co.uk)
Ice Shelves Disappearing on Antarctic Peninsula
Ice shelves are retreating in the southern section of the Antarctic Peninsula due to climate change. This could result in glacier retreat and sea-level rise if warming continues, threatening coastal communities and low-lying islands worldwide.
2010-02-22 11:04   (usgs.gov)
TOXIC: Garbage Island
Anyhoo, the idea that one of the biggest environmental disasters of our age had been going on outside nearly everyone's awareness piqued our curiosity, so we decided to head out there (the middle of the ocean) and see it for ourselves.
2010-02-17 09:16   (edition.cnn.com)
The attack of the killer everything
Now we know that there are two prime movers in the ongoing amphibian massacre. One is the fungal disease chytridiomycosis; the other is... everything.
2010-01-20 10:25   (bbc.co.uk)
Bee numbers in England fell by more than half over the last 20 years
The University of Reading research found there was a 54 per cent decline in managed honey bee populations in England between 1985 and 2005 compared to an average of 20 per cent across Europe.
2010-01-20 07:00   (telegraph.co.uk)
Thousands of birds to be poisoned at State College airport
A USDA spokeswoman says the starling flock found in the area has about 15,000 to 20,000 birds, and that the department plans to kill about 90 percent of them.
2010-01-14 05:31   (pennlive.com)
Acid oceans: the 'evil twin' of climate change
"So ocean acidification, which is a relatively unappreciated problem, is as important as climate change. It's one that most people haven't heard of. Another way to think of ocean acidification is as osteoporosis of the seas."
2009-12-18 10:00   (washingtonpost.com)
Bolivia's Glaciers Melt Away
Bolivia's Chacaltaya glacier - once the "world's highest" ski resort and a crucial source of water for millions of people - melted away in 2009.
2009-12-17 12:00   (video.nytimes.com)
Giant Fish Invasion Spurs Drastic Measure
Employees of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources take part in a electronic fish salvage operation of game fish in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 in Romeoville, Ill. before a toxic chemical is to be dumped on a nearly 6-mile stretch of the canal as part of state and federal efforts to keep the voracious and invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
2009-12-02 12:00   (cbsnews.com)
Thirsty camels face bullet after terrorising Australian town
Australian authorities plan to round up about 6,000 wild camels with helicopters and shoot them after they overran an outback town in search of water, trampling fences, smashing tanks and contaminating supplies.
2009-11-26 12:03   (guardian.co.uk)
Biotech crops cause big jump in pesticide use
The report by the environmental groups states that a key problem resulting from the increase in herbicide use is the emergence of "super weeds," which are difficult to kill because they have become resistant to the herbicides.
2009-11-17 12:09   (reuters.com)
Ecuador's Amazonians sue Chevron over poison waterways
Tens of thousands of Ecuadoreans living in the Amazon rainforest are suing Chevron, the US oil company, for poisoning their waterways in what is billed as one of the biggest environmental lawsuits in history.
2009-11-15 01:38   (telegraph.co.uk)
What's killing the bats?
At least 1 million bats in the past three years have been wiped out by a puzzling, widespread disease dubbed “white-nose syndrome” in what preeminent US scientists are calling the most precipitous decline of North American wildlife in human history. If it isn’t slowed or stopped, they believe bats will continue disappearing from the landscape in huge numbers and that entire species could become extinct within a decade. It’s enough to make some wonder: Is the bat in the cave the new canary in the coal mine?
2009-11-15 12:00   (boston.com)
The Last of the Bluefin Tuna?
There is a strong likelihood that someone in this generation will be the last human to eat a bluefin tuna. By most scientific accounts, the species hovers on the brink of extinction, if it hasn't already crossed that line.
2009-11-13 08:43   (food.theatlantic.com)
EPA: Toxic chemicals in freshwater fish widespread - Yahoo! News
Nearly half of lakes and reservoirs nationwide contain fish with potentially harmful levels of the toxic metal mercury, according to a federal study released Tuesday.
2009-11-10 07:31   (news.yahoo.com)
One in five mammals threatened with extinction
A fifth of the world’s known mammals, a third of amphibians and reptiles and more than two thirds of plants are threatened with extinction, according to the latest “Red List” of endangered species.
2009-11-04 12:00   (timesonline.co.uk)
Illegal logging responsible for loss of 10 million hectares in Indonesia
Lush tropical rainforest once covered almost all of Indonesia's 17,000 islands between the Indian and Pacific oceans. And just half a century ago, 80 per cent remained. But since then, rampant logging and burning has destroyed nearly half that cover, and made the country the world's third largest emitter of greenhouses gases after the US and China.
2009-10-26 12:00   (independent.co.uk)
Oil spill off Australian coast contaminating one of world's richest marine wildernesses, says WWF
"We recorded hundreds of dolphins and sea birds in the oil slick area, as well as sea snakes and threatened hawksbill and flatback turtles. Clearly, wildlife is dying and hundreds if not thousands of dolphins, seabirds and sea-snakes are being exposed to toxic oil," Llewellyn said.
2009-10-23 05:20   (guardian.co.uk)
Foam from ocean algae bloom killing thousands of birds
A slimy foam churning up from the ocean has killed thousands seabirds and washed many others ashore, stripped of their waterproofing and struggling for life.
2009-10-22 07:36   (oregonlive.com)
Tanker collision off Texas spills fuel into Gulf
Clean-up efforts will begin later Wednesday, when a DC-3 airplane will drop dispersants on the spill, a Coast Guard spokesman said. The spill of around 18,000 gallons of heavy, No. 4 fuel oil, which was used to power the Krymsk, is relatively small and should dilute quickly, shipping sources said.
2009-10-21 12:01   (reuters.com)
Don't you just love beautiful photographs of birds?
To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.
2009-10-21 12:00   (chrisjordan.com)
Hunting banned in parts of Austria after hailstones kill 90pc of wild game
Hundreds of deer were discovered either dead or so badly injured they had to be put down by wildlife experts.
2009-10-19 10:36   (telegraph.co.uk)
Amazing Pictures, Pollution in China
2009-10-14 12:00   (chinahush.com)
Dust Turns Sydney Sky Red
Sydneysiders have woken to a red haze unlike anything seen before by residents or weather experts, as the sun struggles to pierce a thick blanket of dust cloaking the city this morning.
2009-09-23 10:04   (smh.com.au)
Grizzly bear decline alarms conservationists in Canada
First it was the giant panda, then the polar bear, now it seems that the grizzly bear is the latest species to face impending disaster.
2009-09-20 12:00   (guardian.co.uk)
China's cancer villages bear witness to economic boom
One needs to look no further then the river that runs through Shangba to understand the extent of the heavy metals pollution that experts say has turned the hamlets in this region of southern China into cancer villages.
2009-09-17 08:25   (reuters.com)
Japanese town starts dolphin hunt under global spotlight
Every year, crews in motorboats here have rounded up about 2,000 of the sea mammals, banged metal poles to herd them into a small, rocky cove and killed them with harpoons, sparing a few dozen for sale to marine aquariums.
2009-09-11 06:35   (news.id.msn.com)
Polar bear, arctic fox, caribou hurt by climate change
They found the effects of a one-degree Celsius warming over the past 150 years were dramatic and cautioned that it is difficult to predict the consequences of an expected six-degree warming over the next century.
2009-09-11 12:00   (google.com)
Fall colors fade in U.S. west as aspen trees die
Aspen, the white-barked trees with golden leaves that gave their name to the famed Colorado ski resort, have been dying off across the Rocky Mountain states. The die-off is puzzling but some foresters point to climate change.
2009-09-04 09:09   (news.yahoo.com)
Hijacked by climate change?
On the global stage, loss of biodiversity - in plain speech, loss of nature - is one of the issues you will rarely hear leading politicians lamenting - despite the fact that governments pledged to do something about it as far back as the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, at exactly the same time that they were pledging to do something about climate change.
2009-08-27 01:17   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Nile Delta: 'We are going underwater. The sea will conquer our lands'
The Nile Delta is under threat from rising sea levels. Without the food it produces, Egypt faces catastrophe
2009-08-21 12:00   (guardian.co.uk)
Millions of salmon go missing on Canada's Pacific Coast
Officials and ecologists speculated they could have been affected by warmer ocean temperatures, fewer food sources, or more prey.
2009-08-14 12:00   (google.com)
In Texas, drought means conserving every last drop
"We're seeing deer and armadillo and other animals in places we don't typically see them," he said. "They're starving for water and food."
2009-07-26 12:00   (google.com)
Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide
Photos from US spy satellites declassified by the Obama White House provide the first graphic images of how the polar ice sheets are retreating in the summer. The effects on the world's weather, environments and wildlife could be devastating
2009-07-26 12:00   (guardian.co.uk)
Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities
A mysterious glob of unknown material up to 12 miles long has appeared off Alaska's northern coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer says, "It's certainly biological. It's definitely not an oil product of any kind."
2009-07-14 10:48   (adn.com)
Judge rules Indian Point's fish-killing cooling process must stop
The plant sucks in and returns more than 2.5 billion gallons of Hudson River water daily - 2 million gallons per minute - in a system that pulls in and kills fish, eggs, larvae and plant life.
2009-07-03 04:00   (nydailynews.com)
The Garbage Patch
Over 7 million tons of plastic spanning an area twice the size of texas destroying our oceans and harming our food chains.
2009-06-17 12:00   (youtube.com)
Report: Climate change crisis 'catastrophic'
The first comprehensive report into the human cost of climate change warns the world is in the throes of a "silent crisis" that is killing 300,000 people each year.
2009-05-29 11:10   (cnn.com)
Eels in crisis after 95% decline in last 25 years
The number of European eels across the continent has declined by as much as 95% in the last 25 years, the Environment Agency says. Officials report that the number of young eels arriving in Britain's estuaries, rivers and streams this spring is significantly down on last year. Andy Don, an Environment Agency fisheries officer who has studied the eel for 20 years, said: "There is no doubt that there is a crisis. People have been reporting catching a kilo of glass eels this year when they would expect to catch 40 kilos. We have got to do something."
2009-05-01 12:00   (guardian.co.uk)
Chernobyl animals worse affected than thought: study
The study showed that numbers of bumble-bees, butterflies, spiders, grasshoppers and other invertebrates were lower in contaminated sites than other areas because of high levels of radiation left over from the blast more than 20 years ago.
2009-03-17 10:01   (reuters.com)
Australia beaches 'disaster zone'
Experts fear the toxic chemicals will suffocate fish and kill natural habitats
2009-03-13 08:15   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Tidal wave of trash threatens world oceans
Thousands of animals, including marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds and others, choked or were poisoned each year by eating trash, or drowned when they became entangled in bags, ropes and old fishing gear.
2009-03-11 04:45   (reuters.com)
Acidic seas fuel extinction fears
Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities are acidifying the oceans and threaten a mass extinction of sea life, a top ocean scientist warns.
2009-03-11 03:00   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Mine waste trips up Alaska gold rush
Lower Slate Lake, whose deep indigo waters are home to about 1,000 Dolly Varden char and a small species of fish known as stickleback, will become a repository for 210,000 gallons a day of thick slurry, laced with aluminum, copper, lead and mercury -- enough to kill all the fish and raise the lake's bottom by 50 feet.
2009-03-02 12:00   (latimes.com)
Undersea bombs threaten marine life
"We know that these munitions are leaking cancer-causing materials and endangering sea life," said marine ecologist James Porter, associate dean of the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, who recently completed a research trip to Vieques.
2009-02-26 01:16   (cnn.com)
Global warming 'underestimated'
"the impact on temperatures is as yet unknown, but warming is likely to accelerate at a much faster pace and cause more environmental damage than had been predicted."
2009-02-15 02:11   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Oil sludge oozes into Des Plaines River
The thousands of gallons that leaked into the river killed an unspecified number of wildlife -- "nothing bigger than your hand," mostly fish and frogs, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman William Mitchell said early Monday.
2009-02-09 07:20   (cnn.com)
Bat-killing syndrome spreads in Northeast
A mysterious and deadly bat disorder discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country.
2009-02-03 09:45   (msnbc.msn.com)
Acid oceans 'need urgent action'
The chemistry is so fundamental and changes so rapid and severe that impacts on organisms appear unavoidable
2009-01-30 03:42   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Global Warming Is Irreversible, Study Says
As carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, the world will experience more and more long-term environmental disruption. The damage will persist even when, and if, emissions are brought under control...
2009-01-27 12:00   (npr.org)
Antarctic ice shelf set to collapse due to warming
A huge Antarctic ice shelf is on the brink of collapse with just a sliver of ice holding it in place, the latest victim of global warming that is altering maps of the frozen continent.
2009-01-19 04:14   (reuters.com)
Palm oil frenzy threatens to wipe out orangutans
The demand for palm oil is rising in the U.S. and Europe because it is touted as a "clean" alternative to fuel.
2009-01-18 01:52   (news.yahoo.com)
Mystery Ailment Killing Endangered Pelicans
In previous years, she says, the endangered pelicans have been plagued with domoic acid poisoning, a neurotoxin found in algae blooms. But that doesn't seem to be the primary cause of the current decline.
2009-01-16 12:00   (npr.org)
Removing cats to protect birds backfires on island
the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover
2009-01-13 09:18   (news.yahoo.com)
Brown Pelicans Turning Up Injured and Confused
Wildlife experts are trying to figure out why sick, disoriented and bruised California brown pelicans are being found in record numbers along more than 1,000 miles of coastline.
2009-01-07 11:45   (dsc.discovery.com)
Australia 'destroying life on Earth'
AUSTRALIA’S use of coal and carbon emissions policies are guaranteeing the “destruction of much of the life on the planet”, a leading NASA scientist has written in a letter to Barack Obama.
2009-01-06 05:15   (news.com.au)
Lead for car batteries poisons an African town
First, it took the animals. Goats fell silent and refused to stand up. Chickens died in handfuls, then en masse. Street dogs disappeared. Then it took the children.
2009-01-04 03:47   (msnbc.msn.com)
Metals pollute waters near US coal ash spill
"Although these results are preliminary, we want to release them because of the public health concern and because we believe the TVA and EPA aren't being candid," Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chair of the Waterkeeper Alliance, said in a release.
2009-01-02 03:23   (reuters.com)
The Real Price of Gold
"We closely monitor the quality of the tailings, pipes, and seabed," says Makkasau. "At that depth, we are only affecting some 'sea insects.' "
2008-12-28 12:00   (ngm.nationalgeographic.com)
Asia appetite for turtles seen as a threat to Florida species
The reptiles, especially softshell turtles, are prized in China as food and as a source for traditional medicines. U.S. experts fear the trade could lead to extinctions.
2008-12-27 12:02   (latimes.com)
Tennessee Ash Flood Larger Than Initial Estimate
A coal ash spill in eastern Tennessee that experts were already calling the largest environmental disaster of its kind in the United States is more than three times as large as initially estimated, according to an updated survey by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
2008-12-27 12:01   (nytimes.com)
Over 2T tons of ice melted in arctic since 2003
More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to new NASA satellite data that show the latest signs of what scientists say is global warming.
2008-12-16 07:10   (news.yahoo.com)
Chilean glaciers retreating due to global warming
Chile's glaciers are on the retreat, a sign of global warming but also a threat to fresh water reserves at the southern end of South America, a report has found.
2008-12-07 05:15   (news.yahoo.com)
Climate change, drought to strain Colorado River
Seven Western states will face more water shortages in the years ahead as climate change exacerbates the strains drought and a growing population have put on the Colorado River, scientists say.
2008-12-05 04:38   (news.yahoo.com)
Noisy oceans 'threaten sea life'
Experts say the noises sea creatures use to communicate are being drowned out by noises from commercial shipping, new military sonar and climate change.
2008-12-03 09:36   (news.bbc.co.uk)
White possum may have become 'climate change casualty'
If so, it would be the first Australian mammal to become a casualty. There are already fears some frogs and insects have gone.
2008-12-03 04:23   (abc.net.au)
Canada oil sands seen threatening millions of birds
Their study concluded that development of the oil sands, would be fatal for 6 million to 166 million birds because of habitat loss, shrinking wetlands, accumulation of toxins and other causes.
2008-11-30 11:19   (news.yahoo.com)
Acorn Watchers Wonder What Happened to Crop
Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins.
2008-11-30 12:00   (washingtonpost.com)
Scientists dismayed by vanishing of 7 whales
Seven Puget Sound killer whales are missing and feared dead in what could be the biggest decline among the sound's orcas in nearly a decade.
2008-10-25 12:37   (cnn.com)
Hurricanes are getting fiercer
As this year's Atlantic hurricane season becomes ever more violent, scientists have come up with the firmest evidence so far that global warming will significantly increase the intensity of the most extreme storms worldwide.
2008-09-03 09:55   (nature.com)
Major ice-shelf loss for Canada
The ice shelves in Canada's High Arctic have lost a colossal area this year, scientists report.
2008-09-03 09:38   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Massive Arctic ice shelf breaks away
Temperatures in large parts of the Arctic have risen far faster than the global average in recent decades, a development that experts say is linked to global warming.
2008-09-03 08:36   (reuters.com)
World Bank warns of &squo;climate chaos&squo; | The Daily Telegraph
AN expert from the World Bank has warned that "climate chaos" will affect farmers around the globe, and called for a revolution in sustainable agriculture.
2008-09-03 02:23   (news.com.au)
Coastal erosion threatening to wipe out parts of Cotonou
Coastal erosion in the Gulf of Guinea, including Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria, has been linked to climate change, and in turn to rising sea levels, flooding, and waterborne diseases
2008-09-02 12:00   (irinnews.org)
Lights out? Experts fear fireflies are dwindling
No single factor is blamed, but researchers in the United States and Europe mostly cite urban sprawl and industrial pollution that destroy insect habitat.
2008-08-30 12:09   (news.yahoo.com)
Ocean dead zones become a worldwide problem
It's getting to be a problem of such a magnitude that it is starting to affect the resources that we pull out of the sea to feed ourselves
2008-08-14 03:09   (news.yahoo.com)
Erosion probed in Nunavut park
Parks Canada officials say they have never seen anything like this before in Auyuittuq. "Auyuittuq means 'land that never melts,' but of course now it's melting"
2008-08-06 10:37   (cbc.ca)
Newly Discovered Monkey Is Threatened With Extinction
Just three years after it was discovered, a new species of monkey is threatened with extinction according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which recently published the first-ever census of the endangered primate.
2008-08-02 02:46   (sciencedaily.com)
How Air Pollution Impacts Nature: A New Report
"We have yet to fully understand all the impacts, but they're large," says Tim Tear, a Nature Conservancy scientist and co-author of the report. "The more we look, the more evidence we find, and the worse it seems to get."
2008-08-02 12:00   (nature.org)
A 'Dead Zone' in The Gulf of Mexico
The entire Mississippi watershed, and not merely the Gulf, is suffering the effects of agricultural runoff. About half the streams and rivers in the watershed are unsafe for swimming, drinking, recreational contact or use as drinking water... a major factor is intensified corn production, which relies heavily on fertilizer.
2008-07-31 12:00   (washingtonpost.com)
Canadian Arctic sheds ice chunk
It is thought to be the biggest piece of ice shed in the region since 60 sq km of the nearby Ayles ice shelf broke away in 2005.
2008-07-30 10:39   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Ice sheet breaks loose off Canada
Derek Mueller, a researcher at Trent University, was careful not to blame global warming, but said the event was consistent with the theory that the current Arctic climate isn't rebuilding ice sheets.
2008-07-30 08:10   (cnn.com)
North Korea food crisis worst in a decade: U.N.
Parts of North Korea are experiencing their worst levels of hunger in nearly a decade
2008-07-30 07:27   (reuters.com)
Global Warming's Fish-Sex Effect
A small increase in water temperature among sensitive fish like the South American pejerrey can result in a population that is 98% male
2008-07-30 12:00   (time.com)
Report tracks pollution at U.S. beaches
U.S. beaches were in poor health last year, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, which said Tuesday that pollution in 2007 led to the second-highest number of beach closings and advisory days in 18 years.
2008-07-29 01:53   (msnbc.msn.com)
Eaten up
His analysis shows how communities around the planet have been disempowered by a system that appears to offer an abundance of cheap food, but in reality dictates unhealthy and limited choices to an overworked and underpaid workforce that cannot afford any better.
2008-07-29 01:15   (guardian.co.uk)
Unexpected fall in puffin numbers
One theory is that many of the birds are dying from starvation during the eight months they spend at sea.
2008-07-25 12:09   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Mississippi River Reopened after Oil Spill
Some environmentalists worried about reports of fish and bird kills in sensitive marsh areas downstream, though officials said they had so far heard of only a handful of oil-covered birds.
2008-07-25 12:00   (nytimes.com)
"Greenhouse" bees spread disease to wild bees
Disease spread to wild bees from commercially bred bees used for pollination in agriculture greenhouses may be playing a role in the mysterious decline in North American bee populations, researchers said on Tuesday.
2008-07-23 10:10   (news.yahoo.com)
Air Pollution Causing Widespread And Serious Impacts To Ecosystems In Eastern United States
"Everywhere we looked, we found evidence of air pollution harming natural resources," comments Dr. Gary M. Lovett, an ecologist at the Cary Institute and the lead author of the report. "Decisive action is needed if we plan on preserving functioning ecosystems for future generations."
2008-07-22 07:12   (sciencedaily.com)
Spread of killer fungus threatens British trees
An aggressive new fungus-like plant disease spreading across Britain could destroy millions of garden shrubs, including historic ornamental plants, and transform the rural landscape.
2008-07-21 10:11   (independent.co.uk)
Mexican mangroves well worth saving
The scientists say that Mexico grossly underestimates the mangroves' value in land sales aimed at aggressive tourism development and, by setting low prices for these coastal regions, puts them at high risk of large-scale destruction.
2008-07-21 12:00   (nature.com)
Warming West is ground zero for wildfires
The American West has been warming dramatically during the past 60 years at a rate surpassed only by Alaska. This year has been particularly dry for California, with less snowfall, earlier snowmelt and lower summer river flows.
2008-07-21 12:00   (sfgate.com)
Wetlands could unleash carbon bomb
Wetlands contain 771 billion tons of greenhouse gases, one-fifth of all the carbon on Earth and about the same amount of carbon as is now in the atmosphere, the scientists said before an international conference linking wetlands and global warming.
2008-07-20 01:19   (reuters.com)
AFP: Drought threatens drinking water for a million Australians
Australia is in the grip of the worst drought in a century, which has stretched for more than seven years in some areas and has forced restrictions on water usage in the country''s major cities.
2008-07-20 06:00   (afp.google.com)
Dead baby penguins found in Brazil
Hundreds of penguins swept from the icy shores of Antarctica and Patagonia are washing up dead on Rio de Janeiro's tropical beaches.
2008-07-19 12:36   (msnbc.msn.com)
EPA finds global warming a health threat
"It is very likely" that more people will die during extremely hot periods in future years, with the elderly, the poor and those in inner cities at the highest risk, an EPA report found
2008-07-18 08:42   (latimes.com)
Dead Penguins Washing Ashore In Brazil, Hundreds Of Baby Penguins Washing Up Dead On Rio De Janeiro's Tropical Beaches - CBS News
Hundreds Of Baby Penguins Washing Up Dead On Rio De Janeiro's Tropical Beaches
2008-07-18 12:00   (cbsnews.com)
Ice Adrift From Warming Scrapes Antarctic Seabed Bare
The study establishes for the first time the intimate link between increased scouring and declines in winter sea ice due to climate change, researchers said.
2008-07-17 10:17   (news.nationalgeographic.com)
Climate change puts U.S. way of life at risk: EPA
"We have an opportunity to anticipate these increased risks ... and to due to prepare for the future in order to mitigate these risks."
2008-07-17 04:01   (reuters.com)
Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems (SAP 4.6) | National Center for Environmental Assessment
This Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.6 (SAP 4.6) focuses on impacts of global climate change, especially impacts on three broad dimensions of the human condition: human health, human settlements, and human welfare.
2008-07-17 12:00   (cfpub.epa.gov)
Colorado River drought
The south-western US is suffering its eighth consecutive year of drought. There are concerns that the Colorado River, which has sustained life in the area for thousands of years, can no longer meet the needs of the tens of millions of people living in major cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
2008-07-16 12:39   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Michael Gerson - The Whale Oil Economy
Global climate, of course, has changed before. But climate conditions for the past 10,000 years have been relatively stable, to the great benefit of civilization. Current temperature increases point beyond that band of comfort and don't seem explainable by natural cycles.
2008-07-16 09:50   (washingtonpost.com)
Disappearing crabs change life in Chesapeake Bay
The way some see it, the crabbing business here isn't just dying. It's already dead.
2008-07-16 09:44   (cnn.com)
Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Reach Record Size - Ethanol, Global Warming and the Ailing Gulf
One prime culprit: The record Midwest flooding that caused the Mississippi to swell.
2008-07-15 12:37   (thedailygreen.com)
Global warming to spark rise in kidney stone cases, study says
2008-07-14 06:32   (chicagotribune.com)
EPA says greenhouse emissions endanger health
In a 149-page document, the agency's scientists said that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal" and that potential health risks include more heat waves, floods and droughts, insect outbreaks and and wildfires, along with crop failure and decline in livestock and fisheries productivity.
2008-07-14 05:43   (reuters.com)
Hurricane Season Getting Longer - Yahoo! News
2008-07-14 12:21   (news.yahoo.com)
Warnings of a global land grab - Telegraph
2008-07-14 12:01   (telegraph.co.uk)
When water corrodes steel - Vietnam latest news - Thanh Nien Daily
Some Japanese cargo ships refused to dock at a southern Vietnamese port, fearing the polluted water would corrode their hulls...
2008-07-14 10:20   (thanhniennews.com)
Russian researchers flee melting Arctic ice floe
Russian scientists are evacuating a research station built on an Arctic ice floe because global warming has melted the ice to a fraction of its original size, a spokesman said.
2008-07-14 07:19   (news.yahoo.com)
Polar base evacuated as ice melts early
2008-07-14 06:57   (cnn.com)
The baby Antarctic penguins being frozen to death by freak rain storms
Tens of thousands of newly-born penguins are freezing to death as Antarctica is lashed by freak rain storms.
2008-07-12 11:44   (dailymail.co.uk)
Murray River in crisis: Shame of a nation
2008-07-12 12:00   (news.com.au)
Lead Shot From Hunting and Fishing Kills Wildlife
2008-07-12 11:00   (livescience.com)
Antarctic ice shelf hanging by thread: European scientists
2008-07-11 05:15   (afp.google.com)
Coral Reefs Face Extinction - TIME
2008-07-11 11:53   (time.com)
Young French oysters hit by abnormal mortality | Environment
2008-07-11 10:30   (reuters.com)
Acidifying oceans pose danger to coral reefs | Environment | Reuters
2008-07-10 07:06   (reuters.com)
Fall in tiny animals a 'disaster'
2008-07-10 12:45   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Argentine glacier sheds ice in rare winter breakup | Environment | Reuters
2008-07-09 02:51   (reuters.com)
Coral reefs in trouble, scientists warn - CNN.com
2008-07-08 01:22   (cnn.com)
Environmentalists dismiss G-8 emissions target - CNN.com
2008-07-08 08:44   (cnn.com)
Die-off of bats mystifies experts - USATODAY.com
2008-07-07 10:00   (usatoday.com)
The Associated Press: Study: Orangutan populations declining sharply
2008-07-05 10:48   (ap.google.com)
North Pole could be ice-free this summer, scientists say - CNN.com
2008-06-27 03:34   (cnn.com)
NASA warming scientist: "This is the last chance"
2008-06-23 09:35   (news.yahoo.com)
Top of sea warming 50% faster than thought - Telegraph
2008-06-18 06:01   (telegraph.co.uk)
Jet Stream Shifting: Science Videos - Science News - ScienCentral
2008-06-17 10:22   (sciencentral.com)
Desert is claiming southeast Spain - International Herald Tribune
2008-06-02 07:49   (iht.com)
Antarctic ice breaking up even in winter - Climate Change
2008-05-30 09:52   (msnbc.msn.com)
Our dying planet... 1 in 3 animals lost in past 35yrs
2008-05-17 02:15   (mirror.co.uk)
Our dying planet... 1 in 3 animals lost in past 35yrs
And one of the big reasons is the expansion of humankind - our population is up to 6.5 billion from 4 billion and we are using 25 per cent more resources than we replace.
2008-05-17 12:00   (mirror.co.uk)
Researchers race against time to solve deadly bat illness - The Boston Globe
Finding an answer is critical for a population that eats thousands of tons of crop-infesting and human-biting insects. But scientists also worry that the sick bats are a potent sign of changing conditions in the natural world.
2008-05-04 09:46   (boston.com)
'No Sun link' to climate change
2008-04-03 01:04   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Indian minister attacks biofuels
Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that it is "outrageous" that developed countries are turning food crops into bio fuels.
2008-03-26 06:13   (news.bbc.co.uk)
Huge Antarctic ice chunk collapses - CNN.com
2008-03-25 04:17   (cnn.com)
Bats Perish, and No One Knows Why - New York Times
2008-03-25 01:51   (nytimes.com)
Eastern Arkansas braces for predicted historic flooding - CNN.com
2008-03-24 02:48   (cnn.com)
The Big Picture: climate change
2008-03-23 04:28   (guardian.co.uk)
South Seas dolphins face slaughter for their teeth - or life in captivity | World news | The Observer
2008-03-16 01:09   (guardian.co.uk)
U.N.: Glaciers shrinking at record rate - CNN.com
2008-03-16 02:14   (cnn.com)
Concessions to Merkel threaten climate change plan | Environment | The Guardian
2008-03-15 01:18   (guardian.co.uk)
ESA - Observing the Earth - Earth from Space: Splitting iceberg
2008-03-14 01:36   (esa.int)
Amazing picture of thousands of dead starfish washed up on Kent beach | the Daily Mail
2008-03-13 12:21   (dailymail.co.uk)
AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water
2008-03-09 06:15   (abcnews.go.com)
Lake Chad: 1972 and 1987
5% of its size.
2008-03-04 12:05   (guardian.co.uk)
Alaska Town Mulls Move To Escape Climate Effects
Tidal erosion caused by warming temperatures continues to eat away at the shoreline and imperil not just the Yupik Eskimo inhabitants but their ancient way of life. In Newtok, population about 320, the chopping waters advanced 80 feet this year alone.
2008-01-09 12:00   (nysun.com)
BP gets break on dumping in lake
Indiana regulators exempted BP from state environmental laws to clear the way for a $3.8 billion expansion that will allow the company to refine heavier Canadian crude oil. They justified the move in part by noting the project will create 80 new jobs.
2007-07-15 12:00   (chicagotribune.com)
Satellites Show Harvest of Mud That Trawlers Leave Behind
Scientists have known for years that when fishing trawlers drag nets and gear across the ocean bottom they trap or kill almost all the fish, mollusks and other creatures they encounter. And the dragging destroys underwater features like reefs, turning the bottom to mud.
2007-05-15 12:00   (nytimes.com)
In Teeming India, Water Crisis Means Dry Pipes and Foul Sludge
“Your whole day goes just planning how you’ll get water,” a weary Mrs. Prasher, 45, recounted one morning this summer, cellphone in hand and ready to press redial for the water tanker. “You become so edgy all the time.”
2006-09-28 12:00   (nytimes.com)
Sahara jumps Mediterranean into Europe
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2000-12-20 04:10   (guardian.co.uk)
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