Dec 17, 2014

Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington

U.S. agriculture officials said Tuesday they have found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there is no immediate public health concern. The Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a ...

Norway scraps controversial seal-hunting subsidy

Dec 13, 2014

Norway scraps controversial seal-hunting subsidy

Norway’s much-maligned commercial seal hunt could grind to a halt following parliament’s decision to scrap a hefty subsidy for the controversial practice. A majority of lawmakers voted late Thursday to cull a 12 million kroner ($1.6 million) subsidy for the seal hunt from the ...

Dec 12, 2014

'Catastrophic' Bangladesh oil spill threatens rare dolphins

An oil spill from a sunken tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warned Thursday, calling it an ecological “catastrophe.” The tanker was carrying an estimated 357,000 liters (77,000 gallons) of oil when it sank in the Sundarbans’ ...

DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather

Dec 12, 2014

DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather

Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird “family tree” ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. The work by researchers from 20 countries helps clarify ...

Dec 11, 2014

Los Angeles man accused of killing, eating ex-girlfriend's rabbit

A Southern California man who is accused of killing, skinning and eating his ex-girlfriend’s pet rabbit — and saying he would do the same to her — has been charged with cruelty to an animal and making criminal threats, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Dimitri ...