Robin S

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Australian ‘punk-haired' turtle facing extinction

CANBERRA, Australia (WCMH) -- An Australian river turtle with what looks like a punk-rock hair style is on a new list of endangered reptiles.<p>What …

Zoology

GOP oversight chairman demands more records on Pruitt’s travel, housing

The Republican head of a congressional oversight committee Wednesday asked for more answers from the Environmental Protection Agency about Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first-class travels and said the committee also plans to evaluate the $50-a-night rental Pruitt had with a lobbyist.<p>In a letter to …

Scott Pruitt

This environmental group is launching its own satellite to learn more about greenhouse gas leaks

When the Environmental Defense Fund told commercial space guru Tom Ingersoll that it wanted to launch a satellite to measure methane from oil and gas operations, he says his reaction was “Whoa! You guys want to do what?”<p>Yet that’s what the EDF is doing. It is well on its way toward raising about …

Oil & Gas Industry

In Brazil, these jaguars avoid floods by perching in trees

Floods

That Python in the Pet Store? It May Have Been Snatched From the Wild

JAKARTA — In the market for a new pet? Maybe something a bit exotic? For many consumers, reptiles and amphibians are just the thing: geckos, monitors, pythons, tree frogs, boas, turtles and many more species are available in seemingly endless varieties, many brilliantly colored, some exceedingly …

Extinction

Wildlife sniffer dog training begins in Gwalior, TRAFFIC recruits another 12 dogs

<b>Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 5th April 2018—</b>12 wildlife sniffer dogs and their handlers began training early this week at the National Training …

Wildlife

Salman Khan: Bollywood superstar jailed for poaching

<b>An Indian court has sentenced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to five years in jail for poaching rare antelope back in 1998.</b><p>The court in Jodhpur also fined him 10,000 rupees ($154; £109) for the crime. He has since been taken to jail.<p>Khan killed the two blackbucks, a protected species, in the …

Bollywood

At least 150 Wild Animal Species are being Trafficked in Malaysia

Last year officials of the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) rescued creatures belonging to 150 species. You’ve read that right: In …

Extinction

Sick Baby Bulldog Was Left At Vet Office — So He Became The Newest Employee

"In between play sessions, he mostly hangs out with the receptionists and helps greet our clients."<p>Huck was bought from a breeder when he was just a …

Diapers

Cat Brings Unexpected Guest To Dinner

“They’ll follow each other around. They might have grown up together.”<p>Living on 5 acres of farmland in rural Minnesota, Nick Rodgers is pretty used …

Pets

Stephen Colbert debuts “March Sadness,” as White House staffers place bets on who’s out next

It’s fodder for late night comedy, but there’s a lot of dysfunction in the White House<p>President Donald Trump's White House is in chaos, and so much so that staffers "have begun betting pools of sorts," in which they wager who will be sent home packing next. For Stephen Colbert, it's an opportunity …

Donald Trump

Social media is flooded with illegal wildlife trade but A.I. can help

In the fight against poachers and illegal trade, animals can use all the help they can get. Thanks to researchers at the University of Helsinki’s …

Wildlife

Alabama Sheriff Legally Took $750,000 Meant To Feed Inmates, Bought Beach House

A sheriff in Alabama took home as personal profit more than $750,000 that was budgeted to feed jail inmates — and then purchased a $740,000 beach house, a reporter at The Birmingham Newsfound.<p>And it's perfectly legal in Alabama, according to state law and local officials.<p>Alabama has a …

Human Rights

African officials root for sniffer dogs to boost war against wildlife crimes

African officials root for sniffer dogs to boost war against wildlife crimes<p>Source: Xinhua 2018-03-14 01:45:38<p>NAIROBI, March 13 (Xinhua) -- African …

Why watching slow loris videos helps illegal animal traffickers

<b>Southeast Asia has long been a hub for the exotic wildlife trade, but the business is increasingly moving online where unwitting social media users</b> …

Social Media

Europeans are major smugglers of Southern African reptiles

The European Union is a major destination for illegally smuggled live snakes, lizards and tortoises from southern Africa, posing a serious threat to …

European Union

The Turtle Extinction Crisis • The Revelator

It’s not easy to be a turtle in the 21st century. A new report warns that freshwater turtles and tortoises are among the world’s most threatened …

Kenyan Conservationists Lament US Lifting Trophy Ban as Tillerson Visits

Wildlife protection in Kenya has improved dramatically in recent years, thanks to widespread anti-poaching efforts, including some help from the …

Endangered Species

21 Tech Companies Band Together Against Wildlife Trafficking

Twenty-one top tech companies are banding together to try to stop wildlife traffickers from trading endangered species on their platforms.<p>The Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, organized by Google and the World Wildlife Fund, was announced Wednesday morning. It includes companies …

Wildlife

Neurologists explain how Olympic athletes’ brains help them pull off those McTwists and triple Lutzes

A prominent neurosurgeon watched speed skaters slowing down at the crucial last stretch of a race during the Winter Games, and listened to analysts explaining the painful buildup of lactic acid in the Olympians’ thighs. <b></b>And he thought: “They’re very focused on the muscle part of athletics.”<p>In the …

The Brain

The Olympic flame has been extinguished. The USOC should be next.

Sally Jenkins<p>Every four years, athletes scrape the grime and graft off of the Olympics, and restore them to magnificence. We should demand that the Jessie Digginses, Red Gerards, John Shusters and Lamoureux sisters become the genuine focus of this country’s Olympic movement. Congress should knock …

USOC

Why won’t pro-lifers act against our deadly gun culture?

Let us hear no more lectures from Clarence Thomas on the sanctity of human life.<p>The Supreme Court justice, with timing that could be charitably described as clumsy, issued his latest paean to gun rights Tuesday, as the child victims of last week’s school shooting were still being buried.<p>Reacting to …

Gun Control

The Coach Who Wants to Fix Speed Skating

The way Simon Cho tells it, his backstory begins with his father, then still a child. He’s in Korea, not long after the Korean War. The family is …

Washington D.C.

Headlines from the Life-Style Blog of an Increasingly Anxious Ivanka Trump

“Can’t Sleep? Lavender Essential Oil Is My Secret Weapon for Catching Some Much-Needed ZZZs”<p>“Fifteen Power Breakfasts to Fuel a Day of Silent Screaming”<p>“Nine Pastel Sheath Dresses That Won’t Clash with Your Husband’s Pasty Face”<p>“Five Breathing Exercises for When You Need to Block Out the News”<p>“Why …

Olympic Figure Skater Spends Free Time Saving Korean Dogs

She just won gold in the Winter Olympics — but she's doing something even more special with her downtime ❤️️<p>Millions of viewers are tuning in to …

Dog Showed Up For Story Time At Library, But Nobody Came To Read To Him

Then the internet responded in the BEST way ❤<p>This is Sting — a sweet therapy pup who loves nothing more than lending an ear.<p>For the past several …

A North-South Friendship Blossoms Among Korean Skaters

The only North Korean athletes to qualify for the Games on merit have bonded with their competitors from across the 38th parallel<p>GANGNEUNG, South Korea—The pairs figure skating competition that begins Wednesday will be a four-way battle between top-flight pairs from China, Germany, Canada and …

North Korea

Milwaukee man accused of importing black rhino feet pleads guilty

CLOSE<p>A rare black rhino calf born at a zoo in Australia pranced around in the mud and rain, and seeing the video will make your day.<p>A Milwaukee man …

Mirai Nagasu Inspired By Michelle Kwan, Also A Child Of Asian Restaurant Family

With the landing of a historic triple axel at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Mirai Nagasu instantly became a role model to many younger American skaters.<p>But the 24-year-old draws her own inspiration from Asian-American skating legend Michelle Kwan, who won Olympic silver and …