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Will China help save the sharks?

January 13th, 2014

Sharks are getting a reprieve, according to statistics being released in China, where leaders have banned shark fin soup at official banquets. Even Chinese TV celebs are showing their support for the beleaguered animals.

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Official: ‘Can’t say West Virginia water is safe’

January 10th, 2014

Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators canceled the day’s business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties.

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Researchers shocked to discover that West African lions are nearly extinct

January 10th, 2014

Across Africa, the mighty lion is in decline. Under pressure from illegal hunters and loss of habitat, the lions’ population has slipped to less than 35,000 across territory that represents only 25 percent of its historic range. The picture’s even worse for lions in West Africa, according to a study published this week.

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Polar vortex in the US could be the result of global warming

January 8th, 2014

While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even by a longshot.

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How record cold can be caused by ‘global warming’

January 8th, 2014

Our current blast of extreme cold weather doesn’t seem to fit into the “global warming” story, except that it’s quite likely that the polar vortex visitation is a function of the warming Arctic circle.

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Happy holidays — and watch yourself — from the Center for Biological Diversity

December 18th, 2013

The Center for Biological Diversity wishes you Happy Holidays, and also, show some family planning awareness for crying out loud!

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Gray wolf death toll grows as US hunters take their bounty

December 6th, 2013

Hunters have killed 299 gray wolves in the Rocky Mountain states where trophy hunting is set to continue through the winter, and in some cases through the spring. Conservationists say the packs could nosedive in the face of robust trophy hunting and trapping that has been set up to whittle the wolves down to around 400 in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming combined.

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How to help the birds endure the winter

December 6th, 2013

Get your bird feeders filled! Our feathered pals need a boost in cold weather. Here are a few tips from Audubon about feeders and seeds, and a peanut butter pudding recipe that’s an easy DIY for making bird glop.

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These 7 gifts are perfect for nature lovers

November 29th, 2013

Give back to nature by helping restore forests, oceans and wildlife. Your contribution will boomerang back in countless ways, curbing climate change, teaching kids about the outdoors, feeding endangered monarch butterflies, making space for whales and even helping tree farmers. All you’ll get is that lousy T-shirt. (But this year, they’re actually pretty cool.)

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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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