Nature & Environment

Giant Panda Accidently Gassed in China

This just might be the saddest news you will hear today—a giant panda, living in China's Jinan Zoo, died after accidently being gassed with carbon monoxide and chlorine.

Spain's Catalonia on verge of banning bullfighting

Bullfighting in Spain could suffer its biggest setback to date on Wednesday when the local parliament in Catalonia votes on whether to ban the practice in the separatist-minded northeastern region.


Smog blankets Moscow on city's hottest day

Conor Humphries Alertnet 27.07.2010
Smog blankets Moscow on city's hottest day

Moscow sweltered on Monday through its hottest day since records began 130 years ago, as temperatures hit 37.4 degrees Celsius (99.3 degrees Farenheit) sparking peat fires that blanketed the city in smog.

Peru Government Declares Cold Wave Emergency in 16 Regions

Latin American Herald Tribune 26.07.2010
Peru Government Declares Cold Wave Emergency in 16 Regions

The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency because of the cold wave gripping a number of districts in the nation’s 16 regions, according to an urgent decree published Saturday in the official gazette.


Moscow heatwave breaks 29-year record

Moscow sweltered through its hottest day in almost 30 years on Thursday, a leading forecaster said, as a heatwave that has destroyed Russian crops over an area the size of Portugal showed no sign of abating.

Large China oil spill threatens sea life, water

CARA ANNA Yahoo! News 22.07.2010
Large China oil spill threatens sea life, water

China's largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves.


A Shark Fin Promotion Backfires

BETTINA WASSENER The New York Times 22.07.2010
A Shark Fin Promotion Backfires

Citibank has gotten itself into a stew over fish soup — specifically, shark’s fin soup. The soup is considered a delicacy and, because of its priciness, a status symbol in many parts of Asia. But environmentalists have criticized consumption, sayi...

Kansas heat wave has killed 2,000 cattle: state

The intense heat and humidity that blanketed central Kansas since late last week have killed more than 2,000 cattle and one state official called the heat-related losses the worst in his 17 years on the job.


Hong Kong celeb croc still popular

A crocodile that evaded capture for seven months in urban Hong Kong six years ago is still in the spotlight as it nears its 10th birthday, a news report said Sunday.

Russia swelters amid drownings and drought

Russians sweltered Friday in the hottest weather since the Stalin era as droughts caused crop devastation across the country and hundreds drowned in bathing accidents often influenced by alcohol.


BP finally stops oil spewing from Gulf gusher

COLLEEN LONG and HARRY R. WEBER Yahoo! News 16.07.2010
BP finally stops oil spewing from Gulf gusher

The oil has stopped. For now. After 85 days and up to 184 million gallons, BP finally gained control over one of America's biggest environmental catastrophes Thursday by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing cr...

Russia longs for breather in fierce heatwave

One of the fiercest heatwaves in its history has engulfed Russia, withering crops, causing the worst drought in 130 years and prompting a top public health official to call for Spanish-style siesta breaks.


China's Zijin Mining to Probe Management After Waste Leakage Kills Nearly 1900 Tons of Fish

Zijin Mining Group Co., China’s largest gold producer, will investigate its management methods after waste water from a mine contaminated a river and killed fish in Fujian province.

10-foot gator bites off man's hand in Fla. canal

Florida wildlife officials say a 10-foot alligator bit off a man's hand while he was swimming in a canal with friends.


BP Installs Sealing Cap on Errant Well

SUSAN DAKER And CASSANDRA SWEET The Wall Street Journal 13.07.2010
BP Installs Sealing Cap on Errant Well

BP PLC said Monday night it had installed a new sealing cap that could halt the oil spewing from its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico, raising the possibility that a nearly three-month long environmental crisis could soon be contained.

Baghdad kills 58,000 stray dogs in 3-month span

BUSHRA JUHI Yahoo! News 12.07.2010
Baghdad kills 58,000 stray dogs in 3-month span

Teams of veterinarians and police shooters have killed some 58,000 stray dogs in and around the Iraqi capital over the past three months as part of a campaign to curb an increasing number of strays blamed for attacks on residents.


BP Optimistic on New Oil Cap; Containment Could Take 6 More Days, But Company Is Pleased With Progress

Oil giant BP PLC's work on the latest stage of its effort to contain the crude gushing from a leak in the Gulf of Mexico continued on schedule for a second day Sunday, with undersea robots preparing the installation of a new, tight-fitting contain...

Tiger population 'falls to lowest level since records began'

Tiger numbers are at lowest level since records began, with conservationists warning that the world has 12 years to save the species.


Magnitude-5.3 earthquake hits off Taiwan

Han Jingjing Xinhua 08.07.2010
Magnitude-5.3 earthquake hits off Taiwan

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richer scale hit off Taiwan at 0041 GMT, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday.

UK inquiry finds emails do not undermine climate science

Peter Griffiths Yahoo! Green 08.07.2010
UK inquiry finds emails do not undermine climate science

Emails stolen from one of the world's leading climate change research centers contained no evidence to undermine the case for manmade global warming, a report found on Wednesday.



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