NORWICH, England, September 5, 2006 (ENS) - Ice core records from
Antarctica show the current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are
higher now than at any time in the past 800,000 years and increasing at an
unprecedented rate. The analysis, announced Monday by researchers with the
British Antarctic Survey (BAS), is further evidence that humans are adding large
amounts of the heat-trapping gas to the planet's atmosphere and causing
significant changes to the climate.
WASHINGTON, DC, September 5, 2006 (ENS) - The U.S. House of
Representatives will vote Thursday on a bill that aims to ban the domestic
slaughter of horses for human consumption. The legislation has evoked passionate
support from animal rights advocates, but farm organizations and some veterinary
groups contend the bill would do far more harm than good.
NEW DEHLI, India, September 5, 2006 (ENS) - Aquaculture is critical to feeding the world's growing appetite for fish, but it is unclear if the industry will be able to overcome its economic and environmental challenges and meet that demand, cautions a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization. An additional 40 million tons of fish will be required 2030 just to maintain current levels of consumption, according to the report, and there is no way wild stocks can meet the demand.
CAIRNS, Queensland, Australia, September 5, 2006 (ENS) - Steve Irwin, the Australian conservationist and television personality nicknamed the Crocodile Hunter, was killed Monday by a stingray barb during filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44. Irwin was filming for a series called "Ocean's Deadliest" off the coast of Queensland near Port Douglas when he swam too close to a stingray, said his friend and colleague John Stainton.