Birds can sense a coming storm and flee: study

Dec 19, 2014

Birds can sense a coming storm and flee: study

Birds appear to be able to sense a coming storm and fly away before it hits, according to research out Thursday on golden-winged warblers in the United States. These tiny, delicate birds somehow knew that a massive storm system — including tornadoes and high ...

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 5, 2014

Peru says Amazon deforestation on the rise

Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145,000 hectares (560 sq. miles) last year — an 80 percent jump from the start of the century, the government said on Tuesday. Forest is mainly being cleared for farming, said Gustavo ...

L.L. Bean struggles to meet demand for iconic 'duck boot'

Dec 5, 2014

L.L. Bean struggles to meet demand for iconic 'duck boot'

Whether due to “lumberjack chic” or old-school utility, demand for L.L. Bean boots is surging — so much so that some customers will have to wait until February to get their holiday purchases. A backlog of 60,000 boot orders could grow to 100,000 by ...