Aug 21, 2015

Study: Humans hunt, fish at 'extreme' pace

Humans are “superpredators” that upset the natural balance on Earth by killing far too many adult animals and fish, scientists said Thursday, urging a focus on catching fewer and smaller creatures. People tend to kill adult fish at 14 times the rate of marine ...

Aug 21, 2015

Endangered species accidentally killed in New Zealand bird cull

A bird cull on a New Zealand island has been abruptly halted after marksmen killed four rare takahe, an endangered species with only 300 known to exist, officials said Friday. The deaths were “deeply disappointing,” Conservation Department director Andrew Baucke said in a statement. ...

Shark sightings keep tourists away after authorities impose swimming bans

Aug 18, 2015

Shark sightings keep tourists away after authorities impose swimming bans

An increasing number of shark sightings at beaches across Japan this month is affecting tourism, with visitors shunning popular summer destinations where authorities have imposed swimming bans. Sharks have recently been spotted at several beaches in Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures. In Ibaraki, ...

Aug 13, 2015

Australia's Bondi Beach closed after shark sighting

Australia’s Bondi Beach was closed on Thursday and swimmers were ordered out of the water after lifeguards confirmed a shark had been spotted at the popular Sydney location. The latest sighting came less than two weeks after several beaches were closed farther north on ...

Aug 12, 2015

Parasite yet another threat to already troubled amphibians

Scientists have identified a new problem for amphibians, which are already shrinking in numbers: A parasite is infesting tadpoles worldwide. The family of parasites, related to a bug that attacks oysters, has been found in the livers of frogs and tadpoles on three continents ...

Aug 9, 2015

Italian man killed by wild boars in Sicily

A 77-year-old Italian man was killed by a group of wild boars on Saturday as he tried to defend his dogs from the charging animals near his home in Sicily, local police reported. Salvatore Rinaudo was walking his dogs in the countryside outside the ...