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Forest Service Bid to Lift Wildlife Protections Met With Lawsuit

Forest Service Bid to Lift Wildlife Protections Met With Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 11, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of 14 conservation groups filed suit today in federal court to block the U.S. Forest Service from implementing a new rule that would remove protections for fish, wildlife, and other resources throughout the 192-million acre National Forest System. Issued earlier this month, the rule represents…

Wild Turtles Containing Mercury and Pesticides Sold as Food

Wild Turtles Containing Mercury and Pesticides Sold as Food

TUCSON, Arizona, March 30, 2008 (ENS) – Turtles collected in four southern states and sold as food are often contaminated with mercury, pesticides andpolychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, according to a coalition of conservation and health groups seeking to stop the export of contaminated turtles to international food markets. The Center for Biological Diversity Thursday filed emergency…

Microorganisms Keep Large Waterways Clean, Study Shows

Microorganisms Keep Large Waterways Clean, Study Shows

MANHATTAN, Kansas, March 16, 2008 (ENS) – Nitrogen can be a valuable nutrient that fertilizes crops, lawns and public parks, but too much nitrogen in water can cause environmental problems. Nitrogen in water can cause algal blooms that consume oxygen in lakes, rivers and oceans, causing the death of fish and other aquatic animals. To…

Mercury Poisoning Found in Northeast Loons

Mercury Poisoning Found in Northeast Loons

NEW YORK, New York, March 4, 2008 (ENS) – The call of the loon has sounded over the waters of northeast lakes for centuries. Now those lakes are polluted with so much mercury that the loons are being poisoned, new research shows. A long-term study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the BioDiversity Research Institute, and…