Robin S

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Coal helped make America great. Now it’s holding us back.

By Thor Hogan<p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules last week to eliminate President Barack Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan. The decision was unsurprising, given President Trump’s devotion to promoting coal and coal miners and promising to restore them to their glory days.<p>This …

Fossil Fuels

Police Raid What May Be Europe's Biggest Illegal Turtle Farm

AnimalsVideo<p>Spanish authorities have dismantled the facility, which contained 1,100 animals and 14 of the 50 most endangered turtle species.<p>AnimalsVideo<p>The Spanish Civil Guard has just shut down what it calls the “largest illegal turtle hatchery in Europe,” on the island of Mallorca.<p>According to …

Turtles

‘The last time I held her’: How a homeless musician reclaimed the love of his life

By Petula Dvorak<p>Petula Dvorak<p>Local columnist<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Columnist<p>Ruth Ann was finally back in his arms.<p>“May 7, 2017,” he said. “That was the last time I held her.”<p>In the year and three months he’d been apart from Ruth Ann, his hands went a little janky.<p>They’d been together for 24 years, so …

The White House is working to undermine the Endangered Species Act — here's how

If you quickly scan the dozens of articles reviewing the best summer vacation spots in the U.S., you will find lists of beautiful and wild places — …

Sniffer dogs are a great tool in wildlife management

Last week,I attended a workshop on wildlife with the theme: “The Role of the Prosecution in Combatting Wildlife Crime in East Africa”.<p>Its objectives …

Female starlings on Prozac are getting rejected and ignored by male birds, study finds

It’s been well-documented that a decreased sex drive can be one of the side effects of antidepressants like Prozac. But the amount of these drugs that end up in sewage plants may also have an impact on the mating habits of wild birds, a new study from the University of York shows.<p>Researchers found …

Birds

Trophy-hunting foes sue to shut down Trump wildlife board

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Animal advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to shut down U.S. President Donald Trump's board advising on federal rules for importing big game, saying it is stacked with trophy hunters and politically connected donors and cannot serve the public interest.<p>The lawsuit said …

Wildlife

What would your dog do to help if you were upset? Quite a bit, study finds

Study finds that not only will some dogs comfort their owner, but they'll also overcome obstacles to do it

Illegal wildlife trade in Mongolia

Illegal wildlife trade in Mongolia is a serious, yet under-reported problem. A 2006 report, Silent Steppe (Wingard and Zahler, 2006), revealed that …

This Dog Recreates Madonna’s Iconic Pics And Some Turn Out Even Better Than Originals

Vincent Flouret, a French fashion photographer from Paris, has been working on a project recently that is very close to his heart; it features his …

Music Videos

Policing domestic wildlife trafficking in Peru

• <i>Pepe Lucho, a rare Amazonian rodent kept as a pet, was recently defended by an enraged crowd that attacked law enforcement officials trying to</i> …

Woman dies after snake bought online bites her

A Chinese woman who had hoped to make traditional snake wine died after being bitten by a venomous serpent, which she ordered from an online shopping …

Komodo Dragon and rattlesnake among haul of illegal reptiles seized in Barcelona

GUARDIA CIVIL officers have seized a Komodo Dragon – believed to be the first illegal specimen ever found in Europe. The juvenile lizard could …

100 Quebec black bears slaughtered as part of gallbladder-trafficking ring, officials say

After a three-year investigation, Quebec wildlife officials say they have dismantled a black bear gallbladder-trafficking network.<p>The poaching ring …

Meet the Dogs of Chernobyl: These Wild Animals Are Up for Adoption

As dusk falls on Chernobyl packs of dogs run wild, turning their snouts up at the sky to howl at the moon. During the day, the dogs sunbathe on the …

Chernobyl

Middletown man charged with smuggling protected turtles

According to a federal indictment, David Sommers, 62, trafficked more than 3,500 turtles, including some with dwindling habitats and protected under …

Popularity as pet likely behind growing smuggling of otters to Japan

Japan was the top destination for otters recovered from smugglers in Southeast Asia between 2015 and 2017, with experts pointing to the species' …

Snake eyes: Reptile found in hard drive at Miami airport

MIAMI (AP) — A passenger with a python hidden inside an external hard drive was stopped from boarding a Florida plane headed to Barbados.<p>The Miami …

New details in book about Emmett Till’s death prompted officials to reopen investigation

By Kristine Phillips ,<p>Kristine Phillips<p>General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Wesley Lowery and<p>Wesley Lowery<p>National correspondent covering law enforcement, justice and their intersection with politics and policy<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Devlin Barrett<p>Devlin …

Black History

The Lizard King: Illegal Wildlife Trade's Poster Boy | Malaysia

The illegal trade in wildlife is thought to be worth at least $19bn a year, a sum rivalled only by the black markets in drugs, counterfeit goods and people.<p>But while drugs and people smuggling are seen as profitable but extremely risky, the wildlife trade has become increasingly attractive to …

Wildlife

SC’s booming black market for deadly snakes and exotic turtles puts animals in peril

The death of Freddie “Snakeman” Herman was unsettling enough for criminal investigators when they arrived at his ramshackle mobile home on a steamy …

Meet the Sherlock Holmes of bird crimes investigating the black market for dead hummingbirds | CBC Radio

Forensic ornithologist Pepper Trail has been haunted by an unusual case that began in 2013 when a box full of dead hummingbirds arrived in his …

Why Blockchain Can Be An Effective Tool For Fighting Environmental Crime

<i>This article is the first of a five-part series with David Luna,</i> <i>CEO and president of Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC.</i><p>The effects of environmental crime and illicit trade are vast and often irreversible.<p>For illustration, look no further than the recent death of the last male …

Fingerprinting technology gives investigators an edge against pangolin traffickers

Wildlife crime investigators now have a new method that builds on the forensic techniques used to collect fingerprints and other identifying marks in …

A giant blimp depicting Trump in a diaper is likely to greet the U.S. president when he visits London

By Siobhán O'Grady<p>Siobhán O'Grady<p>WorldViews reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>It's big, it's orange, and it's wearing a diaper. And now the blimp depicting President Trump as an infant with an iPhone in hand has permission from the mayor of London to fly over Parliament Square Garden when the U.S. leader …

Boris Johnson

Huge snake slithers out of Texas man’s toilet. Deputy wrangles it with her bare hands

By Samantha Schmidt<p>Samantha Schmidt<p>Reporter covering gender and family issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Frankly, it could have been a lot worse. Wade Vielock could have been sitting on the toilet when the enormous snake slithered its way out of the porcelain throne.<p>Lucky for the Bee County, Tex., man, Vielock …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The strange reason owl theft may be on the rise

It had been a typically blustery night on the Isle of Lewis. Donald MacLeod ventured out to check on his birds, as he did every morning, but as he neared the aviary at the end of his garden, it was obvious something was wrong.<p>“The roof of the aviary had been cut off and was flapping in the wind,” …

Illegal marijuana grow operations impact local wildlife

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Now Bakersfield obtained clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice to follow the U.S. Forest Service in Kern County …

19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists

Wildlife Watch<p>With prices for baby eels soaring to a high of nearly $3,000 a pound, illegal traders continue to chance their luck with the police.<p>Tommy Zhou said he’d buy black market eels as long as nobody developed a “big mouth”—and if anyone did double-cross him, he’d pay $200,000 to have him …

Eels

Hunt for Hong Kong company linked to wildlife and drug trafficking

Powerful, well connected and fabulously wealthy, 58-year-old Su Guiqin is queen of the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, a small enclave in the …