Shrimp populations in northern New England have declined so quickly that a regulatory agency has banned all shrimp fishing for the 2014 season in order to allow the small crustaceans to replenish themselves. The sharp fall-off in shrimp stock isdue to overfishing and worsening environmental conditions, experts say. News of the indefinite embargo. . .Full Story »
Delegates from 30 countries gathered at the first ever African Elephant Summit this week to discuss urgent measures to protect elephants and agreed to try to put an end to the illegal ivory trade. The elephant population has plummeted in recent years as poaching has led to the deaths of hundreds of. . .Full Story »
For decades scientists have been saying that the United States’ lakes, rivers and aquifers are going to have a hard time quenching the thirst of a growing population in a warming world. A recent report from NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences does not alleviate those fears. It. . .Full Story »
The Obama administration has yet to approve the main leg of the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, but that won’t stop TransCanada from opening the southern leg of the pipeline next month. The company filed papers with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday stating it plans to start the pipeline. . .Full Story »
As many as 20 percent of Africa’s elephants could be killed in the next 10 years if illegal poaching continues at the current rate, according to new data released Monday at the opening of the Elephant Summit in Botswana. An estimated 22,000 elephants were illegally killed across Africa in 2012,. . .Full Story »
What if the cure for what ails you was as simple as going to sleep? We spend a lot of time talking about how dangerous it is to skimp on that good quality shut-eye. Sometimes we ignore the flip side of that equation: Sleep can work wonders. No, it won’t. . .
It’s Black Friday, and you’re probably already out there vying for those holiday gifts with the rest of the country. But, if you’ve got some spare cash lying around this might be the deal of the year. If you’ve ever wanted to own your very own tropical forest, now is. . .
No, this is not going to be a soliloquy on being being a vegetarian for Thanksgiving, or giving a reprieve to what once could have been our National bird, the Turkey. Greening Thanksgiving covers a wider range of life style issues that we could all use. With a nod to. . .
A New Zealand judge on Tuesday rejected a Kiribati man’s claim that he should be granted refugee status because of climate change. Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the low-lying Pacific island nation in 2007. He argued that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for. . .
The U.S. government’s authority to regulate air pollution nationwide, often against the wishes of Republican-leaning states, could face new curbs when the U.S. Supreme Court takes on two high-stakes cases in coming months. The cases focus on the broad-ranging power wielded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the. . .
This year alone, about 10 percent of the country’s red wolves have died from confirmed or suspected gunshot wounds. Although the animals are listed as critically endangered, nine of the 100 remaining red wolves living in the wild have been killed in this manner, a recent release from the U.S. Fish and. . .
Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it’s too early to declare an end to slumping water levels that have plagued the inland seas since the late 1990s and made life miserable for cargo shippers and marina operators, federal scientists said Wednesday. All. . .
Large biotech companies like Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, Dow and BASF have long been experimenting with GMO crops and seeds in Hawaii. They have farms on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai, but they’ve never operated on Hawaii’s Big Island, and now they never will. On Tuesday, the Hawaii County Council passed a. . .
Big U.S. meatpackers are appealing to Congress in a last-ditch effort to stave off new federal labeling rules that require more information about the origins of beef, pork and other meats. At issue are regulations set to come into full force Saturday that require meat processors to list details including. . .