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Pollution hides Beijing skyline; statues get masks
The smog is so bad even the statues wear masks. Or at least they do in pictures of a campus stunt that circulated online Tuesday as parts of northern China suffered a sixth straight day of severe pollution.
North American leaders called upon to save monarch butterfly
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto are being urged to do something to save a delicate symbol of the continent: the monarch butterfly. The three leaders are being asked to review farming and
The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project
The giant $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar-power project opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and it may be among the last, because of growing evidence that the technology is killing birds.
The martyrdom of Mark Steyn » Columnist: The Spectator
By rights, Mann v Steyn should be the 21st-century equivalent of the Scopes monkey trial, with believers in free speech, proponents of the scientific method and sympathetic millionaires and billionaires all piling in to Steyn’s defence with op eds, learne
Hundreds of Thousands Lose Power as Ice Paralyzes South
Georgia residents who went to bed worried about Gov. Nathan Deal’s ominous warning that the state was about to be iced over woke Wednesday to find out that he was right: An ice storm of what meteorologists say could be historic scope had begun as the Deep
Deadliest Mushroom Is Spreading Worldwide : Discovery News
It’s big, meaty, looks innocuous, grows near-edible mushrooms and smells delicious, but the name reveals its toxicity: the death cap. Native to Europe, the death cap is now an invasive species on every continent except Antarctica, Cat Adams, a Harvard gra
Iconic island study on its last legs
Since 1958, ecologists have watched wolf and moose populations on Isle Royale in Lake Superior wax and wane in response to each other, disease and the weather. But for the longest predator–prey study in the world, the wolf is now at the door. Devastated b
Climate Change Proves a Survival Experiment for Wildlife
In the 1993 blockbuster movie "Jurassic Park," a sleazy scientist played by Jeff Goldblum quips that "life finds a way." For real biologists, climate change is like a massive, unplanned experiment, one that may be too fast and strange for some species to
Alaska's Arctic icy lakes lose thickness
Twenty years of satellite data indicate many more of the icy lakes that dominate Alaska's Arctic coastal plain no longer freeze right through to the bottom in winter.
Woolly mammoth diet mystery solved by DNA analysis
How did huge mammals like woolly mammoths sustain themselves when they roamed the Arctic during the last Ice Age? A DNA analysis has solved that mystery and helps explain the rise and fall of giant mammals.
Hunters angered by poached grizzlies
In the snarly debate about how many grizzlies roam Alberta, it's an undeniable fact: there are now a whole lot less of them, thanks to poachers. Thirty-one dead grizzly bears for 2013 is the gruesome tally announced Tuesday by Alberta Environment and Sust
Greenland Glacier Breaks Speed Record
During the summer of 2012 the Greenland glacier Jakobshavn Isbræ flowed into the ocean at the fastest speed ever observed for a glacier in Greenland or Antarctica, according to a paper published February 3 in The Cryosphere. At its speediest, satellite da
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