As Arctic Melts, Shipping Traffic Blasts Wildlife (Op-Ed)
19 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
Gary Strieker was a CNN correspondent for 20 years, covering Africa as Nairobi bureau chief and then traveling the globe to report on the planet's threatened species and habitats. Year by year, summer sea ice in the Arctic is disappearing. Suddenly an area that has always been largely inaccessible is now opening up to new commercial opportunities: ship traffic, oil exploration and who knows what's coming next. The Arctic Ocean is a harsh, unforgiving place, and any industrialization there will be hazardous, raising extreme risks to life and the fragile environment.
North Carolina cracks down on Venus flytrap poachers
18 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) - Being the rare kind of plant that eats living things, the Venus flytrap tends to be thought of as an aggressor, its spiked leaves trapping insects with a murderous snap before devouring them. But in the plant’s only natural home – a roughly 70-mile (113-km) radius centered on the North Carolina coast – it is increasingly seen as a victim. ...
New York offers illegal immigrants zoo trips, museum tours with ID cards
18 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio offered free access to some of his city's famed cultural destinations on Thursday in a bid to coax illegal immigrants to join an identification card program aimed at helping them do ordinary things like sign a rental lease. Among the perks offered by the Democratic mayor were free or reduced-price admission to places like the Bronx Zoo, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall for all of next year. New York is joining other U.S. ...
Wildlife officers shoot cougar at Calgary hospital
18 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
By Nia Williams CALGARY Alberta (Reuters) - Wildlife officers shot and killed a cougar on the grounds of a hospital in the city of Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, a spokesman for Fish and Wildlife enforcement said. Police initially received reports of two cougars near the South Health Campus hospital in south-east Calgary at around 7:30 a.m. local time. However, Calgary Police said they were able to verify the presence of only one animal. ...
Charity declares New York vegan capital of 2014
17 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
New York (AFP) - Animal rights charity PETA declared New York vegan capital of the world on Wednesday as Scottish actor Alan Cumming unveiled a replica of the Manhattan skyline carved out of vegetables.
Sea Shepherd to switch campaign from whales to toothfish
17 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
Sydney (AFP) - Conservation group Sea Shepherd Australia said Wednesday it will switch its Southern Ocean campaign from whales to toothfish -- a rare species famed as "white gold" -- if Japan cancels this year's hunt in Antarctica.
Poachers turn gamekeeper to guard Rwandan gorillas
16 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
Kinigi (Rwanda) (AFP) - For four decades Leonidas Barora was a renowned hunter, tracking animals in the lush forests of Rwanda. Now he only fires arrows to impress tourists, and to help protect the wildlife.
This Far Cry 4 Trailer Asks, Are Elephants Nature's War Tanks?
16 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
Miami Bat Squad tracks rare species to golf course roost
16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Shortly after dusk, three researchers squat on the lawn of a vacant, million-dollar home in a posh Miami suburb, pointing ultrasonic microphones at the darkened mansion. They're part of the Miami Bat Squad, listening to track down the home of the rare Florida bonneted bat - a critically endangered species that has turned up at a nearby golf course. Scientists know little about the brown, snout-nosed creature, which emits unusual audible noises as it flies and whose population is believed to number only a few hundred. ...
Season's first dolphins killed in Japan: activists
16 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
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