Nature & Environment

Record snow in Anchorage as Alaskan communities run out of shovels following 27ft snowfall... and there's more to come!

Weary Alaskans woke up to another heavy snowfall as Anchorage experiences its snowiest period since records began, causing more headaches in coastal areas already struggling to dig out.

World's tiniest frogs found in Papua New Guinea

With voices hardly louder than an insect's buzz, the tiniest frogs ever discovered are smaller than a coin and hop about the rainforest of the tropical island of Papua New Guinea, US scientists said Wednesday.

Google quits plans to make cheap renewable energy

Alexei Oreskovic Reuters 23.11.2011
Google quits plans to make cheap renewable energy

Google Inc has abandoned an ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, the latest target of Chief Executive Larry Page's moves to focus the Internet giant on fewer efforts.

Fresh round of hacked climate science emails leaked online

A fresh tranche of private emails exchanged between leading climate scientists throughout the last decade was released online on Tuesday. The unauthorised publication is an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of a similar release of emails on th...

2,000 sharks slaughtered for fins off Colombia

Michael Winter USA Today 20.10.2011
2,000 sharks slaughtered for fins off Colombia

About 2,000 sharks appear to have been slaughtered for their fins in a Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary off Colombia, the Guardian reports.

Room for one more? World population to reach 7 BILLION in next few days

The world's population looks set to smash through the seven billion barrier in the next few days, according to the United Nations. It comes just 12 years since the total reached six billion - with official estimates saying the figure will top eigh...

HK returns 610 smuggled pig-nosed turtles

Multa Fidrus, The Jakarta Post 07.10.2011
HK returns 610 smuggled pig-nosed turtles

As many as 610 pig-nosed turtles (Carettocheilys insculpta) worth Rp 10 billion smuggled to Hong Kong in January have been returned to their habitat in Papua as part of efforts to protect the species.

Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Miss.

JANET McCONNAUGHEY Yahoo! News 03.10.2011
Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Miss.

It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper's metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in...


Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum who became an internet sensation in Germany, winning three times more Facebook admirers than Chancellor Angela Merkel, is dead, her zoo said Wednesday.

Piranha problem takes bite out of Brazilian beach fun

Authorities in a state in Brazil's northeast are scrambling to take the fright and the bite off the beach after piranhas sunk their teeth into about 100 beachgoers, UOL Noticias reported.

Obama Administration Set to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns

Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribu...

Five killed as Typhoon Roke batters tsunami-ravaged Japanese coast

A powerful typhoon is wreaking havoc across Japan having already killed at least five people as it approaches the country's tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast and the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Ex-President Clinton: Green movement needs money

Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the success of the alternative energy movement is hampered by a lack of financing. His comments came as world leaders attending his annual philanthropic conference expressed fears about rising seas.

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Resigns Over Global Warming

The global warming theory left him out in the cold. Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 13, from the premie...

Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines

Villagers and veteran hunters have captured a one-ton saltwater crocodile which they plan to make the star of a planned ecotourism park in a southern Philippine town, an official said Monday.

90-Year Old Woman In Serious Condition After Alligator Attack

A 90-year old southwest Florida woman remains hospitalized after she lost her leg in an alligator attack.

Journal editor resigns over 'problematic' climate paper

The editor of a science journal has resigned after admitting that a recent paper casting doubt on man-made climate change should not have been published.

Second giant ice island set to break off Greenland glacier

New photographs taken of a vast glacier in northern Greenland have revealed the astonishing rate of its breakup, with one scientist saying he was rendered "speechless."

Gulf of Mexico storm threatens oil rigs

Oil companies began evacuating workers from rigs in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday ahead of what US forecasters said could be a powerful and dangerous storm.

Panda Poop Could Be Key To Producing Biofuels

The waste of one of the world’s most endangered animals may hold the key to producing biofuels. The potency of the discovery had scientists talking about it at a major chemistry conference in Denver on Monday.

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