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Fri, 15 Aug 2008 06:00:00 -0400A global study shows the number of "dead zones" — areas of ocean with too little oxygen for most marine life — has increased by one-third since 1995. In the latest issue of the journal Science, researchers say these polluted waters are the leading threat to life in coastal oceans.
Tue, 05 Aug 2008 00:01:00 -0400Gorilla experts with the Wildlife Conservation Society say they've made a spectacular find in the forests of the Republic of Congo: 125,000 previously undiscovered western lowland gorillas. The animals are critically endangered.
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 06:00:00 -0400Democratic senators are calling for a perjury investigation into comments made by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The senators claim EPA chief Stephen Johnson lied to Congress and folded under White House pressure on global warming policy.
Fri, 25 Jul 2008 16:00:00 -0400Critically endangered right whales gather off the coast of New England at this time of year, but many places where they congregate are in the middle of the shipping lanes. Ship strikes are a major threat, but a plan to stop the strikes is in limbo.
Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:15:00 -0400The Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers who own environmentally important areas to leave them idle. But in recent years, the demand for crops such as corn has prompted calls to put many of these protected wildlands back under the plow.
Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:00:00 -0400The Environmental Protection Agency in a report Friday says it won't regulate greenhouse gases. The authors of the report could not agree on the effects of greenhouse gases on health. Any new regulation will have to wait for the next administration.
Fri, 11 Jul 2008 01:00:00 -0400As many as one-third of the world's coral reefs may be headed toward extinction. A new study blames the destruction on a range of culprits, from fishing boats to climate change.
Tue, 24 Jun 2008 13:07:00 -0400An invasive weed is drying up the swamps that house the last of New York's endangered bog turtles. But the turtles have an unlikely savior: The government and a nonprofit are bringing in goats and cattle to eat the weeds and restore the swamps.
Fri, 23 May 2008 12:00:00 -0400The White House is weighing what could become the biggest conservation program in U.S. history. The initiative would block vast stretches of U.S. territorial waters from fishing and oil exploration, while giving President Bush a historic "blue legacy."
Wed, 14 May 2008 16:00:00 -0400The Bush administration announces on Wednesday that the polar bear will be protected as a threatened species because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. It's the first time that the Endangered Species Act has been used to protect a species threatened by the impact of climate change.
Wed, 14 May 2008 06:00:00 -0400Bush administration officials are under a court order to decide by tomorrow whether to add the polar bear to the list of endangered species. The decision will cap a three-year campaign by environmentalists to show that climate change has the potential to imperil wildlife. Critics say any listing is a bad idea.
Sun, 11 May 2008 16:00:00 -0400Researchers studying the impact of climate change on arctic creatures say that the Narwhal — the long-tusked whale that gave rise to the myth of the unicorn — could be in danger. Narwhals hunt in ice-covered areas and may be among the first animals to feel the heat of warming arctic waters.
Thu, 24 Apr 2008 06:00:00 -0400In western Canada, tree-infesting beetles are flourishing due to warmer temperatures caused in part by global warming. But a new study in the journal Nature argues that these pests may also be compounding the effects of climate change by destroying the trees that suck key pollutants out of the atmosphere.
Fri, 18 Apr 2008 06:00:00 -0400Flood forecasters in the East and Midwest worry that heavy snows and rain this year have set the stage for a potentially disastrous flood season. The U.S. government's "flood chasers," who study flows of water to improve flood forecasts, are on high alert.
Sat, 29 Mar 2008 08:00:00 -0400The Bush administration has added fewer plants and animals to the endangered species list than the last two administrations. But this year, the government may start protecting a group of species that has been ignored previously — those on the endangered species "candidate list."