Archives for August 18, 2008

Kipunji Monkey

The future for a large primate in a tiny patch of African forest looks bleak. Just three years after it was discovered, Tanzania’s kipunji monkey is threatened with extinction … researchers conducted more than 2,800 hours of fieldwork in the Southern Highlands and Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania, where the kipunji was discovered. The team tallied…

Close Encounter of the Bear Kind

A landlocked polar bear, too close for comfort, forced a crew of five Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists to evacuate a remote camp in northern Alaska. The scientists were studying the impacts of climate change on Arctic shorelines. Typically at this time of year, polar bears spend their days hunting seals on sea ice, but…

“I know Al Franken is a Patriot”

Democratic Senatorial candidate Kay Hagan has cut the lead of her incumbent Republican opponent, Elizabeth Dole, from 12 to 5 points, according to the latest Survey USA poll. If you are in North Carolina it is time to get working on this, if you are not already. Need more Democratic senators.

The Shy Albatross A study of trawl fishing in South Africa suggests that around 18,000 seabirds may be killed annually in this fishery, highlighting trawl fisheries as a major threat to seabirds, especially several species of albatross already facing a risk of extinction.

On this day in 1964… South Africa has been barred from taking part in the 18th Olympic Games in Tokyo over its refusal to condemn apartheid. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the decision in Lausanne, Switzerland, after South Africa failed to meet an ultimatum to comply with its demands by 16 August. The IOC…

Wait, there’s a dam in the Grand Canyon? Why don’t we just leave these rivers alone!!!! US rescue crews have airlifted some 170 people to safety from a remote village in the Grand Canyon after a dam burst following days of heavy rain. Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said water from the Redlands…