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Invasive Pets Are Squatters In Paradise

Invasive Pets Are Squatters In Paradise

April 10, 2014


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By Kathy Antoniotti Akron Beacon Journal (MCT) KEY LARGO, Fla. — Each year we make a pilgrimage to a group of islands we call paradise, an archipelago that juts between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico known as the Florida Keys. Spanish explorers imagined these 1,700 islands as ...

Horseshoe Crabs Are Now In Danger

Horseshoe Crabs Are Now In Danger

April 8, 2014


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MCT By Jenny Staletovich The Miami Herald (MCT) MIAMI — In matters of love, nothing says romance like a moonlit beach. Especially if you’re a lusty horseshoe crab and the tide is high. Every spring, from Florida to New Jersey, crabs that look more like fossils than a postcard for pass...

By David Fleshler

By David Fleshler

April 1, 2014


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Sun Sentinel (MCT) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In a remote part of southwestern Palm Beach County, as a platoon of reporters and photographers watched, a Florida panther was lowered to the ground in a crate. The panther, raised for 18 months in captivity after his mother’s death, crept out, ...

Saving the Mojave from the solar threat

Saving the Mojave from the solar threat

March 27, 2014


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By Mark Butler Los Angeles Times (MCT) After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my “flat hat” this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our countr...

What Chickadees Can Tell Us About Climate Change

What Chickadees Can Tell Us About Climate Change

March 25, 2014


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By Sandy Bauers The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT) PHILADELPHIA — About 15 years ago, Villanova University biology professor Robert Curry was looking for a project that would allow his students to investigate something interesting without much travel. He found it in a cheeky little bird with...

Hundreds stranded in Montana after ice and snow give way to floods

Hundreds stranded in Montana after ice and snow give way to floods

March 20, 2014


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By Matt Pearce Los Angeles Times (MCT) About 350 people were stranded in eastern Montana on Tuesday when rivers overflowed their banks because of melting ice and snow. Hundreds of residents just outside the town of Roundup, about 50 miles north of Billings, have been cut off from outside ...

A smarter way to clean the air

A smarter way to clean the air

March 15, 2014


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The Dallas Morning News (MCT) Few things more annoying to a driver than smelling a putrid smoke cloud coming from the tailpipe of an old beatup car that you just know is spewing all kinds of foul emissions into the air. Thankfully, each year there are fewer and fewer of these smog makers sti...

More frigid misery on the way for much of the US

More frigid misery on the way for much of the US

March 4, 2014


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By Michael Muskal Los Angeles Times (MCT) Spring is less than a month away, but be prepared to first pay the toll for its arrival with the return of the polar vortex. Frigid air will be back in much of the nation this week, with temperatures expected to plummet by more than 30 degrees in s...

Even Cows Need Friends: Study Finds Calves Raised In Pairs Are Smarter

Even Cows Need Friends: Study Finds Calves Raised In Pairs Are Smarter

February 28, 2014


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By Deborah Netburn Los Angeles Times (MCT) Listen up loners: A new study says having friends can make you smarter, at least if you’re a baby cow. Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that young calves that live alone performed worse on tests of cognitive skill than...

Ice-breaking Ships Help Keep Chesapeake Bay Waters Safe

February 25, 2014


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By Amanda Salvucci Capital News Service (MCT) CHESTER, Md. — It’s late morning. On a warmer day, watermen would have been out on the bay for hours. But Roger Corbman’s 89-year-old boat is too old to break through the February ice. She hasn’t left her Kent Island, Md., dock in more...

Zoos’ dirty little secret

Zoos’ dirty little secret

February 24, 2014


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(MCT) By Jennifer O’Connor People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (MCT) People around the world were justifiably outraged when a healthy young giraffe was killed because he didn’t fit into a Danish zoo’s breeding plan. A second giraffe execution was in the works before public co...

Cool Travel Apps And Websites

Cool Travel Apps And Websites

February 20, 2014


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By Ellen Creager Detroit Free Press (MCT) App: MetrO, available for iPhone and other platforms (see http://nanika.net/.) Lowdown: Basic directions from here to there on subways for hundreds of cities. Helpful for trip planning so you can see how far it is from one spot to another. For in...

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