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Archive for May, 2008

Your water footprint: How much water do you use?

By now you’ve heard about carbon footprints and probably tried to calculate your own. But did you know you have a water footprint, too?

The average person on earth has a “virtual water footprint” of about 328,410 gallons each year — and the U.S. has the largest on the planet, clocking in at a whopping 656,012 gallons per year.

Incredibly, one-third of the tap water used in North America is used to brew our daily cups of coffee.
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Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2008
Under: Water, Water footprint | No Comments »

Biotech company offers to clone dogs for $100,000+

A Northern California biotech company announced last week that it will clone dogs of the five highest bidders in a series of on-line auctions. Some ethicists condemned the offer, fearing it could lead to human clones.

Opening bids start at $100,000 for the service being offered by Mill Valley-based BioArts International. BioArts chief executive Lou Hawthorne formerly ran Genetic Savings & Clone, which offered to clone pet cats for $50,000 but folded in 2006 because few were willing to pay so much.
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Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Under: Cloned animals, Cloned dogs, dogs | No Comments »

Wow! Was that REALLY a coyote chasing my dog?!

Marin Headlands, March9, 2008
Yes it was, and there’s no need to panic. They’ve been around here for hundreds of years.

There’s been a bit of a flap in the Dublin area since last Thursday when a woman who was out walking her dog OFF LEASH in east Dublin reported the dog was chased by a coyote.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Under: Coyote attacks, coyotes | 2 Comments »

West Nile virus is killing the crows

Be careful what you wish for. You may get it.

Authorities say 13 birds collected from Orange County have tested positive for West Nile virus. The infected birds were crows and were collected during the first nine days of May. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bites of mosquitoes, which become infected when they feed on infected birds.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
Under: Crows, West Nile virus | No Comments »

Lost mountain lion climbs tree in backyard

Residents found a young mountain lion in a Sonoma backyard and Fish and Game wardens captured her.

Bay City News Service reported a young, 60-pound mountain lion was tranquilized and captured from a Redwood tree in an unincorporated Sonoma County backyard Thursday and, according to the California Department of Fish and Game, she was unharmed.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department received a report of the lion just before 1 p.m. in the 16700 block of Calle Del Luna in the Agua Caliente Knolls sub-division.
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Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2008
Under: Fish and Game, Mountain lion | No Comments »

Lawsuit says Ringling Bros. Circus keeps elephants in chains

Animal protection groups ask federal court to halt Ringling Bros.’ cruel chaining and confinement of endangered Asian elephants.

Washington, D.C. — Wednesday (May 21), a coalition of animal protection organizations and a former Ringling Bros. employee asked a federal district court in Washington D.C. to immediately order a halt to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Ringling Bros.) cruel practice of shackling and confining endangered Asian elephants for days on end in a manner that prevents them from walking or even turning around in place.
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Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Under: Circus, Elephants, Endangered species, Ringling Bros. | No Comments »

Alaska aerial wolf kill means $$$ for the state

Aerial hunters have killed 124 wolves this winter in Alaska’s predator control program.

State wildlife officials believe that translates to more than 1,400 moose or almost 3,000 caribou being saved — or some combination thereof. The number of wolves killed, however, is far below the goal of 455 to 670 wolves, but it’s more than the 97 wolves taken last year.

The program, which is still ongoing, is an effort to boost moose and caribou numbers.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
Under: Alaska, Hunting, Killing wolves, Wolves | No Comments »

Donkey is arrested and jailed for assault

A donkey is doing time in Southern Mexico for assault and battery.

The animal was locked up in a local jail that normally holds people for public drunkenness and other disturbances after it bit and kicked two men near a ranch in Chiapis state, police said Monday.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
Under: Donkey, PETA | No Comments »

Are we ready for another oil spill?

California Coastkeeper Alliance and Baykeeper call for improvements in oil spill preparedness and response after reviewing Coast Guard “Review of Cosco Busan Oil Spill.”

The California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), a coalition of 12 Waterkeeper groups spanning the coast from the Oregon border to San Diego, and San Francisco Baykeeper last Friday (May 16) called on the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response to work with the public and lawmakers to improve oil spill preparedness and response in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the state.
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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008
Under: Disasters, Oil, Oil Spills | No Comments »

Got ants in your pants? Don’t worry, you soon will!

In what sounds like a low budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area.

The hairy, reddish-brown critters are know as “crazy raspberry ants” — crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in lines like normal ants, and “raspberry” after Tom Raspberry, an exterminator who fought them early on.

“They’re itty-bitty things about the size of fleas, and they’re just running everywhere,” said Patsy Morphew, who is constantly sweeping them off her patio and scooping them out of her pool by the cupful. “There’s just thousands and thousands of them.”
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Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008
Under: Fish, Insects, Invasive species, Spiders | No Comments »