Science & Environment


Amidst 40th anniversary, attacks on Endangered Species Act persist

The Act has encountered obstacles and outright attacks, in an atmosphere where climate change and environmental havoc are growing problems.


Gulf of Mexico dead zones are part of climate disaster web

An oxygen-devouring algae bloom that is causing a 5,840 square-mile dead zone - and growing - in the Gulf of Mexico is part of the tightly woven web of climate change disasters.


Hundreds of chimps to be moved from labs to sanctuary

Experiments on chimps have been conducted in the U.S. for more than 90 years, despite consistent pressure on the government and corporations by animal welfare groups.


Western black rhino declared extinct

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Africa's western black rhino is now officially extinct.


Anxiety drugs in the water are affecting fish

Dumping of drugs into water, flushing medicines down the toilet, or passing through people's bodies in an un-metabolized form are ways pharmaceuticals enter rivers and streams.


All but 50 U.S. research chimps to be retired

As a result, some 400 chimps will be moved to a national sanctuary, where they will have room to live and play in peace.


Bear sanctuary saved from eviction

As a result, the 77 workers there will keep their jobs, and the 104 bears living there will continue to have a home.


Factory farming: Torture with a side of pollution

Most factory farms are controversial enough in the way that animals are handled there.


Google-funded spy tech to prey on poachers

Both surveillance technology and Google have generated controversyt. But in opposition to the growing international threat of poaching, however, many feel they can be put to good use.


Costa Rica bans hunting, but what about shark finning?

Costa Rica officially banned hunting on December 10, becoming the first Latin American country to outlaw the sport.

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