Jul 27, 2014

U.S. plans widespread seismic testing of seafloor

The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to a court battle by environmentalists in New Jersey. The U.S. Geological Survey plans to ...

Jul 26, 2014

Human encroachment prompting giant anteaters to kill: research

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals’ loss of habitat and the growing risk of dangerous encounters with people, researchers said. The long-nosed, hairy mammals are not typically aggressive toward people and are considered a ...

Jul 13, 2014

Record ton of ivory is sold at auction in France

An auction house in Cannes, France, sold around 50 elephant tusks — totaling 1 ton of ivory — on Saturday, breaking its previous record in terms of volume. The entire haul was acquired by buyers from China, the world’s biggest ivory market. “In terms ...

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Jul 8, 2014

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Porcupines in cages, endangered tortoises in buckets and snakes in cloth bags — rare wildlife is on open sale at a Chinese market, despite courts being ordered to jail those who eat endangered species. The diners of southern China have long had a reputation ...

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Jul 5, 2014

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Chimpanzees use their hands to say “follow me,” “stop that” or “take this,” according to new research seeking to translate the sophisticated messages flowing back and forth. Previous research had revealed that our nearest genetic relatives use gestures to communicate, prompting questions over whether ...

China's porpoises sinking

Jul 4, 2014

China's porpoises sinking

China’s river porpoises are rarer than pandas, but fishermen fighting to save them have been snared by a net of blackmail allegations, highlighting uncertainties faced by the country’s emerging environmentalists. Fewer than 1,000 finless porpoises — gray animals with a hint of a grin ...

Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Jun 13, 2014

Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Australia on Thursday said it was confident the Great Barrier Reef would avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed less pollutants are entering the water. UNESCO had warned that without action on water quality and rampant coastal development, the reef ...