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4 years 2 months ago

Hawaii to make eating shark fins illegal

The $48-a-plate shark fin has been a favorite dish to celebrate 80th birthdays and fete out of town VIPs since Vienna Hou's Chinese restaurant opened 25 years ago. But Kirin Restaurant customers won't be dining in that style starting July 1, 2011, when Hawaii becomes the first state in...

4 years 4 months ago

World's largest marine reserve created

Britain on Thursday created the world's largest marine reserve by banning fishing around the U.K.-owned archipelago in the Indian Ocean - a cluster of 55 islands across that cover an area larger than California. The move pleased environmentalists but angered exiled Chagos Islanders, who say it creates an obstacle...

4 years 4 months ago

Fight against invasive mussels not over

A state report says that efforts to prevent the spread of invasive mussels after they were first found in Lake Pueblo two years ago are apparently paying off. But the recent Colorado Division of Wildlife report says the fight against the nonnative zebra mussels likely isn't over because it...

4 years 5 months ago

EPA to issue stricter drinking water standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening drinking water standards to impose stricter limits on four contaminants that can cause cancer. In a speech Monday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency is developing stricter regulations for four compounds: tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acrylamide and epichlorohydrin. All four chemical compounds can cause cancer....

4 years 5 months ago

California frog getting own habitat

Mark Twain celebrated them, hungry gold prospectors ate them, and rural landowners cursed the name of the California red-legged frog. Now, the jumping frog, whose dwindling numbers empowered anti-sprawl advocates while thwarting farmers, ranchers and developers across California, is getting an established habitat to protect its recovery. Maybe....

4 years 5 months ago

Endangered listing for Atlantic loggerheads sought

The federal government has recommended an endangered-species listing for the loggerhead turtles swimming off the Atlantic Ocean coast, a decision that could have big implications for the fishing industry. The listing was proposed Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for...

4 years 6 months ago

Texas challenges greenhouse finding

Gov. Rick Perry and other top Texas officials on Tuesday announced a legal challenge to the federal government's finding that greenhouse gases are dangerous to people, claiming the ruling was based on flawed science. The EPA in December issued an "endangerment" finding about carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases,...

4 years 6 months ago

More pine trees coming down in Summit County

Federal foresters are expanding logging of trees killed by pine beetles in Summit County. The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it will cut trees on an additional 1,100 acres of White River National Forest in northern Summit County. Last month the Forest Service said another 4,000 acres would be...

4 years 6 months ago

Economy grows at 5.7 percent pace

The economy grew for a second straight quarter from October through December, posting a 5.7 percent annual rate, the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2003. The Commerce Department report is the strongest evidence to date that the worst recession since the 1930s ended last year, though an...

4 years 6 months ago

Cold kills dozens of Florida manatees

More than 100 manatees have been found dead in Florida waters since the beginning of the year, mostly victims of a nearly two-week cold snap, state officials said Tuesday. The preliminary cause of death for 77 of the endangered animals is cold stress, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

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