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July 21, 2000 | From Reuters
A federal judge in Seattle has ordered fishing trawlers out of coastal areas in western Alaska that are used by the endangered Steller sea lion, a ruling that could cut into the nation's biggest commercial seafood harvests. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly, in an order filed Thursday, said he agrees with environmentalists who claimed that the National Marine Fisheries Service has failed to protect the dwindling Alaska sea lion population.
The economic effects of designating more than 5 million acres in California as federal habitat for the red-legged frog will not require changes to most development projects except in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, according to a report released Thursday. The report, by economists hired by the U.S.
December 30, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
Every afternoon, Marcella Castro fixes her husband, Raul, one of his favorite meals and the two sit and chat until nightfall. The ritual is mostly one-sided, though, with Marcella patiently making conversation as her husband of 48 years stares blankly or mutters unintelligibly from his wheelchair. It's not the way Marcella, 66, envisioned themselves spending their later years. The two spend much of their time together at an Oxnard rehabilitation facility, where Raul has lived since suffering brain injuries in 2001 when he fell from a house he was helping to build as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
November 24, 2010 | Reuters
Polar bears are likely to lose out to grizzly bears in fierce competition for food as climate change drives the two species into shared habitat, biologists have concluded. A study released Tuesday was based on 3-D computer modeling that compared the skull and jaw strength of the two bruins and found polar bears ill-suited to the tougher chewing demands posed by the largely vegetarian diet of their grizzly cousins. The study, funded by the National Science Foundation, was conducted by evolutionary biologists at UCLA and published in an online journal of the Public Library of Science.
January 29, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Rare plants are increasingly finding their way outside their normal habitats because of commercial sellers and citizen conservationists, two ecologists warn. Unless the movement of such plants is better regulated, it could spell trouble for endangered species as well as the environments to which they are moved. The caution, written by Patrick Shirey and Gary Lamberti at the University of Notre Dame and published in the journal Nature, warned that rare plants grown outside their native territories can disrupt their new environment, hybridize with related plants and blur their genetic individuality, or carry pathogens them that devastate other plants.
A proposed golf course bordering the coastal bluffs in upscale Rancho Palos Verdes has come under fire from a local environmental coalition, which sees the project as a threat to the disappearing California gnatcatcher. "We are opposed to the golf course because the area is too small to put in 18 holes of golf and still protect gnatcatcher habitat," said Andrew Sargent, spokesman for the Coastal Conservation Coalition, a Palos Verdes Peninsula organization that includes the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and nine local groups.
December 13, 1987 | JON R. LUOMA, The author of "A Crowded Ark," from which this is excerpted, is a frequent contributor to Audubon.
DOES AN Asian lion or a bottle-nosed dolphin care whether it is a captive? As serious scientists, most animal managers would scoff at any suggestion that animals necessarily suffer because they are contained. There is no evidence that even the most intelligent animals have any perception of captivity. A compelling case could be made that, if one considers the best interests of animals as individuals, they are better off in zoos than in the wild.
August 4, 1991
There is much speculation about what caused the dinosaurs to become extinct 67 or so million years ago. Maybe their habitat was bulldozed. IDA WADE, Cypress
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