Nature & Environment

35 zoo animals freeze to death in northern Mexico

Thirty-five animals at a zoo in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua have frozen to death during the region's coldest weather in six decades.

Oysters disappearing worldwide: study 04.02.2011
Oysters disappearing worldwide: study

A survey of oyster habitats around the world has found that the succulent mollusks are disappearing fast and 85 percent of their reefs have been lost due to disease and over-harvesting.

A mother's grief: The startling images which show how chimpanzees mourn their dead just like humans [VIDEO]

Chimpanzees appear to mourn their dead infants just like humans, scientists have discovered. Chimpanzee mothers establish close physical relationships with their young, carrying them for up to two years and nursing them until they are six. But now...

Mutant mosquitoes: Malaysia release of genetically modified insects sparks fears of uncontrollable new species

Malaysia has released 6,000 genetically modified mosquitoes into a forest in the first experiment of its kind in Asia aimed at curbing dengue fever.

Climate change: Dogs of law are off the leash

From being a marginal and even mocked issue, climate-change litigation is fast emerging as a new frontier of law where some believe hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake.

The World is sinking: Dubai islands 'falling into the sea'

The islands were intended as the ultimate luxury possession, even for Dubai. But the World, the ambitiously-constructed archipelago of islands shaped like the countries of the globe, is sinking back into the sea, according to evidence cited before...

Climate change study had 'significant error': experts

Kerry Sheridan Yahoo! News 19.01.2011
Climate change study had 'significant error': experts

A climate change study that projected a 2.4 degree Celsius increase in temperature and massive worldwide food shortages in the next decade was seriously flawed, scientists said Wednesday.

Brazil rains kill more than 600, epidemic feared

Sergio Queiroz Reuters 17.01.2011
Brazil rains kill more than 600, epidemic feared

Rains that devastated a mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro have killed at least 626 people, Brazil's Civil Defense agency said on Sunday, as fears of more storms and disease outbreaks overshadowed rescue operations.

Mystery of mass animal death epidemic deepens after 8,000 turtle doves fall dead in Italy with strange blue stain on their beaks

Thousands of dead turtle doves rained down on roofs and cars in an Italian town in the latest in a growing spate of mass animal deaths across the globe.

40,000 crabs join slew of animal-death mysteries

Jenni Dunning The Star 06.01.2011
40,000 crabs join slew of animal-death mysteries

First, it was birds falling from the sky, then thousands of dead fish washing up on shore. Now, more than 40,000 Velvet swimming crabs have wound up dead on England beaches. The possible reason? Hypothermia.

Falling birds likely died from massive trauma

The thousands of birds that fell from the sky just before midnight New Year's Eve in Arkansas likely died from massive trauma, according to a preliminary report released Monday.

Have scientists discovered how to create downpours in the desert?

For centuries people living in the Middle East have dreamed of turning the sandy desert into land fit for growing crops with fresh water on tap. Now that holy grail is a step closer after scientists employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi claim to have...

Rare panda cow born on Colorado farm

Tom Hacker Loveland Reporter-Herald 02.01.2011
Rare panda cow born on Colorado farm

It is safe to say that Ben is the last miniature panda cow born anywhere in 2010. In fact, he has few peers, being a calf and one of only 24 of the scarce breed in the world.

Thousands of birds fall from the sky in Arkansas

Ashley Blackstone Katherina- Marie Yancy Today's THV 02.01.2011
Thousands of birds fall from the sky in Arkansas

Just before folks in Beebe rang in the New Year, many witnessed an uncanny resemblance to the Hitchcock movie "The Birds." About 2,000 black birds fell from the sky off Windwood Drive, leaving quite the mess to clean up.

US shark fin restrictions carry little weight in HK

The US Senate's move to toughen laws on shark finning is unlikely to have much impact in Hong Kong, dubbed the "Grand Central Station" of the controversial trade, environmentalists say.

2010's world gone wild: Quakes, floods, blizzards

2010's world gone wild: Quakes, floods, blizzards

This was the year the Earth struck back. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 - the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people we...

2000 year old tree, symbol of Christianity, cut down by vandals in UK

Legend has it that the rare thorn tree on a hill in southern England had ties to the earliest days of Christianity, and pilgrims often left offerings at its base. In more recent times, local children honored its current incarnation each year by cu...

University: Kill Feral Cats to Control Population

A new report by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that recommends killing feral cats as a way to control the wild animals has bird lovers crowing and cat lovers hissing.

Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world

Global warming is now such a serious threat to mankind that climate change experts are calling for Second World War-style rationing in rich countries to bring down carbon emissions.

Hong Kong's first eco-friendly prison sparks row

Hong Kong's first environmentally-friendly prison has stirred up a debate in one of the world's most densely populated cities where many live in dingy and overcrowded high-rise flats.

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