Biology

European court sides with Italian farmer pushing GM crops

Sep 13, 2017

The European Union court has ruled in favor of an Italian activist farmer who has defied his nation's laws by planting genetically modified corn

Massachusetts study: Climate change threatens birds

Sep 13, 2017

A new report warns that more than 40 percent of the most common breeding species of birds in Massachusetts are considered "highly vulnerable" to climate change

Seeding the future? 'Ark' preserves rare, threatened plants

Sep 10, 2017

Seeds from hundreds of rare plant species around New England are being collected and frozen inside a "seed ark" for future use

The US West had a snowy winter, so why the fiery summer?

Sep 8, 2017

Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western forests and grassland, putting 2017 on track to be among the worst fire seasons in a decade

Billions of dead trees force US fire crews to shift tactics

Sep 7, 2017

Thick stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force

Dog helps sniff out invasive ants on California island

Sep 6, 2017

Scientists assessing efforts to eradicate invasive ants on the Channel Islands off the California coast have enlisted a four-legged worker to sniff out the aggressive insects and make sure the invasive pests have been killed off

After generations, salmon back in Lake Champlain tributaries

Sep 3, 2017

Biologists say that for the first time in about 150 years, landlocked Atlantic salmon are once again swimming up some Lake Champlain tributaries in Vermont and New York to spawn in gravel banks.

Hunters, government, industry at odds over deer urine

Sep 3, 2017

New York wildlife managers have proposed a ban on deer urine used by hunters to lure their quarry

The Latest: Officials raise Harvey-related death toll to 39

Sep 1, 2017

Authorities are raising Harvey's death toll to 39 almost a week after the storm slammed into the Texas coast.

Groups sue to protect Yellowstone bears as hunts anticipated

Aug 30, 2017

Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe are asking a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the fearsome animals wouldn't be allowed

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