Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market

Oct 23, 2014

Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market

The maker of America’s top sugar brand, Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie “natural” sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into demand for sugar. In less than a decade, ...

Trekking disaster shakes Nepal's faith in shoestring tourism

Oct 21, 2014

Trekking disaster shakes Nepal's faith in shoestring tourism

German tourist Tobias Pantel is determined to leave soon on a five-day hike in the Annapurna region, the very place where dozens were killed by a freak blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s most deadly trekking disaster. The dead include at least 17 tourists — ...

Oct 18, 2014

Bear consumes body of California man who died of heart attack

A man who suffered a heart attack and died outside his rural Northern California home had his corpse dragged away and eaten by a black bear that was sheltering nearby, medical officials said Friday. The 65-year-old man, identified as Marion Williams, had walked from ...

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

Oct 17, 2014

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

American fox-hunting is a sport so steeped in tradition that riders still wear ties and blazers and cry out “Tally ho!” at the sight of prey. But it is adapting to one dramatic change: Coyotes have displaced foxes in the wild and become the ...

Oct 15, 2014

Chinese media say Putin's tiger attacked henhouse

Chinese media say a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked a henhouse in northeastern China, raising concerns that farmers may hunt it down. The official Xinhua News Agency says the animal, known as Kuzya, was believed ...

Oct 15, 2014

Gun-slinging patrolwoman chases off polar bear at Alaskan home

A gun-slinging Alaskan wildlife manager chased off a massive polar bear that broke into an 81-year-old’s house in a remote community to feast on a drum of seal oil, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. Armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and nonlethal firecracker slugs, officer ...

Oct 12, 2014

Nagoya Protocol on biodiversity takes effect without Japan

A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection and fair sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources took effect Sunday, but Japan, which hosted the meeting that adopted the protocol in 2010, failed to ratify it in time. The Nagoya Protocol stipulates the rules for allocating ...