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High levels of heavy metals have been found in bird feathers near coal-fired power plants in New South Wales

Environmentalists say they have evidence that huge coal ash waste dams at coal-fired power plants can contaminate bird life with toxic heavy metals. the main points: Two-thirds of the collected feathers contained heavy metals above the guidelines Pollution experts say it warrants more detailed studies Power stations say the results lack scientific credibility The Hunter …

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Wisconsin Court Challenges Kohler Golf Course

MADISON, Wisconsin (AFP) – Governors in the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a conservation group cannot challenge an agency’s decision to sell state park land to build an upscale golf course along the shores of Lake Michigan. Opponents said the ruling would make it more difficult for the public to appeal the decisions of …

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How do we get rid of East African locusts? Serve them in kebabs or drive them to cannibal

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Eat them, poison them and use their smell to drive them to cannibals – As a second wave of locusts threatens to devour East African crops, scientists at a lab in Nairobi are experimenting with new ways to kill them. The swarms are the worst in three generations, encouraged by unusually wet …

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An emergency order was announced this summer to keep boaters away from endangered killer whales

Article – Commodity J37 and its new J59 wheel. (whale research center) Olympia, wash. – Officials with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) issued an emergency order Thursday, asking whale-watching vessels and boats to stay away from southern resident killer whales this summer. This reminder comes on the heels of the recent …

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Do pandas really exist? People on TikTok have a new plot brewing

Few animals are as loved (and protected) as the giant panda. But while the genre holds the status of “national treasure” in China, its very existence is currently being questioned on TikTok. Some users of the platform claim that pandas are not real. So what’s with this conspiracy theory that seems to fascinate the younger …

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A walk in the woods to see the state’s newly discovered endangered orchid | environment | seven days

Click to enlarge Ann Wallace Allen Tom Doubleday (standing) with John Grange on Orchid Journey The mood was festive when a quartet of botanists made their way to Vermont’s newfound rare orchid, the tiny begonia. Although the …

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West Texas farmers and ranchers fear worst drought and heat near records in 2011

Subscribe to the daily newsletter The Brief, which keeps readers up to date with the most important Texas news. RALLS Lloyd Arthur can run his hand through the soil on his cotton farm and see what kind of year he’s going to have. His dry, cracked field makes him believe this might be a repeat …

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Swamps could protect against climate change, if only we left them

William Mitch, a water official, suggested that if ten percent of the old black swamp soil was allowed to become wetlands again, it would clean up runoff, yet Ohioans remain firmly against wetlands. Even private efforts to repair small wetland areas have been met with complaints from neighbors about nuisance toads and fears of flooding. …

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A lawsuit alleges Grant Cohrs Farm illegally threatens the survival of bull trout | condition

Bull trout (Photo by Pat Clayton, with permission). The premise of a new lawsuit is straightforward: In the federal government’s eagerness to save a piece of history, it may be up to date bull trout in the heart of Montana, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Butte. The case, brought by two …

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Chad: A new group of endangered Kordofan giraffes found in Chad

Conservationists in the central African nation of Chad have discovered a new group of critically endangered Kordofan giraffes, best known for their simple white knee-high socks. 34 giraffes in Kordofan were counted in an aerial survey conducted by the French conservation NGO Wild Africa Conservation, the Netherlands-based Wings for Conservation and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation …

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