Nature & Environment

American crocodile apparently attacks couple in a likely first

On a predawn kayak trip to look at the stars, Mike Gregory and Leigha Poulson's world was turned upside down. "All of a sudden, out of nowhere, we got flipped over," said Gregory, 23, a lifetime Upper Keys resident. Their prime suspect in the 3:30...

Tornadoes devastate US South, killing at least 297

GREG BLUESTEIN and HOLBROOK MOHR Yahoo! News 29.04.2011
Tornadoes devastate US South, killing at least 297

Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 297 people were killed across si...


At Least 72 Dead as US Storms Pound South for Second Day

Kristina Pydynowski AccuWeather.com 28.04.2011
At Least 72 Dead as US Storms Pound South for Second Day

Another devastating, deadly tornado outbreak that started in Mississippi Wednesday afternoon continues across the Southeast with more tornadoes touching down. The tornadoes and severe thunderstorms have killed at least 72 people across the South o...

At least 34 twisters reported in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee; Residents preparing for extensive damage

An extremely dangerous outbreak of tornadoes will endanger many lives and property from northeastern Texas into Arkansas, northern Louisiana, northwestern Mississippi and western Tennessee into Wednesday.


Wildfire roars out of West Texas canyons to menace homes

Elliott Blackburn Yahoo! News Canada 27.04.2011
Wildfire roars out of West Texas canyons to menace homes

Gale-force winds whipped flames from a stubborn wildfire in West Texas out of deep mountain canyons and back in the direction of populated areas on Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of some nearby homes.

10 dead from storms in Arkansas

ANDREW DeMILLO and NOMAAN MERCHANT Yahoo! News 27.04.2011
10 dead from storms in Arkansas

Residents in several states endured a second straight night of violent weather Tuesday, a day after a series of powerful storms in Arkansas killed 10 people in flooding and a tornado that twisted a tractor-trailer like a wrung dish rag.


Apple named 'least green' tech company

Felicity Carus The Guardian 22.04.2011
Apple named 'least green' tech company

Apple has come bottom of the most comprehensive green league table of technology companies because of its heavy reliance on "dirty data" centres. The list, which is compiled by Greenpeace and released in San Francisco on Thursday, shows that the c...

Texas governor calls for prayers for rain amid fires

Elliott Blackburn Reuters 22.04.2011
Texas governor calls for prayers for rain amid fires

Texas Governor Rick Perry called on Texans to pray for rain as cooler temperatures on Thursday helped firefighters contain wildfires that have charred more than 1.5 million acres across the state.


657 New Islands Discovered Worldwide

Live Science 20.04.2011
657 New Islands Discovered Worldwide

Here's something you don't see every day — hundreds of new islands have been discovered around the world. The Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Mere...

Japanese risk radiation to rescue stranded dogs

RYAN NAKASHIMA Yahoo! News 15.04.2011
Japanese risk radiation to rescue stranded dogs

When Etsumi Ogino saw a news photo of a pack of shelties wandering through an abandoned town near Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, she thought of her own 13-year-old canine Kein and jumped into action.


UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving "Mother Earth" the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.

Feral chickens have proliferated in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina

Katy Reckdahl, The Times-Picayune Nola.com 12.04.2011
Feral chickens have proliferated in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina

Since Hurricane Katrina, Ruby Melton's 9th Ward enclave has welcomed a new species of neighbor: clucking, crowing, prancing chickens that dart across streets and nest in the trees.


Scientists see the beginnings of racism in monkeys

Daisy Grewal Scientific American 09.04.2011
Scientists see the beginnings of racism in monkeys

Psychologists have long known that many people are prejudiced towards others based on group affiliations, be they racial, ethnic, religious, or even political. However, we know far less about why people are prone to prejudice in the first place. N...

Strong aftershock slams weary Japan, kills 2

JAY ALABASTER and TOMOKO A. HOSAKA Yahoo! News 08.04.2011
Strong aftershock slams weary Japan, kills 2

A strong aftershock ripped through northeastern Japan, killing two people, knocking out power to vast areas Friday and piling misery on a region still buried under the rubble of last month's devastating tsunami.


Cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes: The vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami that's floating towards U.S. West Coast

A vast field of debris, swept out to sea following the Japan earthquake and tsunami, is floating towards the U.S. West Coast, it has emerged. More than 200,000 buildings were washed out by the enormous waves that followed the 9.0 quake on March 11...

Stink bug epidemic spreads as 33 U.S. states now report infiltrations of the smelly pest

Few of us ever come to terms with the idea of bed bugs infesting their house and home.But now a new threat is on the rise that is arguably worse - stink bugs. Sightings of the brown marmorated stink bug have been reported in 33 states so far this ...


Tweeting Bronx Zoo cobra's wanderings are hissstory

Bernd Debusmann Jr. Yahoo! News Canada 01.04.2011
Tweeting Bronx Zoo cobra's wanderings are hissstory

Found: One tweeting Egyptian cobra that slinked out of its cage at the Bronx Zoo a week ago and fascinated more than 210,000 people following its Twitter feed as it traveled around New York.

Japan's pet survivors face post-tsunami struggle

Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast.


Poisonous Egyptian cobra escapes Bronx Zoo

Joe Kemp New York Daily News 28.03.2011
Poisonous Egyptian cobra escapes Bronx Zoo

A 20-inch cobra slithered out of its cage in the Bronx Zoo Saturday, forcing the exhibit to close while workers searched for the venomous serpent, officials said.

Two new zoo-perstars take a bow and help to ease the pain after Knut's sudden death

Their timing was perfect as these cute new zoo-perstars celebrated their first outing in front of an adoring public still in mourning following the death of the world's favourite polar bear Knut.



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