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See the drowning paradise island nation that faces extinction

November 21st, 2013

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati looks like a paradise but its days are numbered. As global climate change causes the oceans to rise, these low-lying atolls are losing ground with each passing year…but Kiribati faces a more immediate crisis.

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Angst over wolf hunt in Michigan

November 15th, 2013

Hunters opened fire on Michigan’s wolves today, the first day of the first wolf hunt in the state since the animals were delisted from the Endangered Species Act protections. The move toward hunting these top predators has been contentious in the Wolverine state, where Native Americans paid homage to their “brother” spirit.

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Pulverizing ivory to make a point misses an opportunity to help elephants

November 14th, 2013

Today, US officials will crush a stockpile of six tons of confiscated ivory items in an attempt to make a statement about “blood ivory.” But what if smugglers don’t take the hint?

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Legalizing the rhino horn trade could save these endangered animals

November 13th, 2013

Increasing demand in Asia for rhino horn, which is believed to have medicinal qualities, is fueling a vicious illegal trade that’s decimating African rhino populations. There may be a better way to save the rhino, without trying to beat down the cultural beliefs that have put it at risk.

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Captive giant panda released into wild

November 11th, 2013

It took a long time for giant panda Zhang Xiang to take her first tentative steps to freedom. Released into the wild in China, the female was surrounded by keepers dressed in specially scented panda costumes to avoid scaring her.

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First wolves, now some US grizzlies may lose protections too

November 10th, 2013

U.S. grizzly bears may soon lose protections under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Center for Biological Diversity warned this week, after a meeting in Montana with federal wildlife officials.

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Watch tiger cubs pass their ‘swimming test’

November 8th, 2013

Swimming tests are usually reserved for humans, but on Wednesday at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC, two Sumatran tiger cubs gave it a try. The male and female cubs, named Bandar and Sukacita, were placed in the moat surrounding their enclosure by zookeepers and monitored closely to ensure safety.

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How drones are saving elephants from poachers

November 7th, 2013

Drones are better known for military uses, but rangers in Kenya are using them for a different reason — to save elephants. Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols reports.

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US wolves: Facing bullets and a hail of bureacracy

October 25th, 2013

U.S. wolves got a reprieve this week, though only a tiny one, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended the comment period on its proposal to remove protections for nearly all US wolves. Meanwhile, the gunfire thundered across the Northern Rocky Mountains where hunters are killing wolves no longer listed as endangered.

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24 Hours of Climate Reality: Fossil fuel polluters are causing havoc and must pay a ‘carbon price’

October 22nd, 2013

Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, a look at how climate change is costing billions around the globe, kicked off today, with segments covering North America and South America. Featured calamities include: Hurricane Sandy, Colorado’s recent flooding and drought in Mexico where farmers can no longer grow corn.

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Yale event examines climate change in New England and asks ‘what’s next’?

October 22nd, 2013

How will global warming affect New England in the 21st century and how is the region preparing for the coming changes?

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Hunters kill five wolves that likely lived in Yellowstone Park

October 16th, 2013

Yellowstone National Park wolves are under fire in Wyoming, where five wolves were shot over the last week as trophy hunting begins in the state. Advocates are upset about the possible loss of park wolves, a major attraction for tourists who view the animals with binoculars and frustrated by secrecy around the killings.

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