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Arctic drilling places endangered species like this Polar Bear in harm's way (photo: flickr/longhorndave)

When Irish Eyes are Smiling They May Belong to a Polar Bear

7/8/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Leprechauns, clovers and polar bears may have more in common than you think. According to DNA research, the big white animals may be able to trace their ancestry back to the Emerald Isles. Researchers says today’s white polar bears may […] Read more >

The Great Escape: Panda Bear Edition

7/1/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Panda bears are cute and cuddly. They’re also very clever. While a zookeeper is playing with one little bear, another one puts an escape plan into action. Take a look. Read more >

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Polar Bears Keep Federal Protection

7/1/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Global warming is threatening the survival of polar bears, and a U.S. District court judge agrees.  In his decision, he upheld their federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. As he noted, “based upon the facts and the best available […] Read more >

Calling for a SmarterSafer National Flood Insurance Program

6/23/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

As we begin to assess the damage from some of the most severe flooding since 1927, it is critical that Congress not miss this opportunity to substantially reform the NFIP [National Flood Insurance Program ]to better protect people, property and […] Read more >

Grin and Gummy Bear It: The Great American Backyard Campout

6/20/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Camping is sweet, especially when there are gummy bears involved. These tasty critters are gearing up for the Great American Backyard Campout on June 25, 2011. So can you. The Campout is a great opportunity for kids and parents to connect […] Read more >

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Whisky Raising Spirits and Renewables in Scotland

6/14/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Whisky can help fuel your spirits and help fuel a country. Draff, by-products of used grains and pot ale from the whisky distillery process, will be used to generate electricity for a new power plant in Scotland. The plant will […] Read more >

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Oh Carp! Flying Fish May Invade Great Lakes

6/14/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

A fish out of water is more than an expression along the Mississippi and Missouri river basins – it’s also a threat to people and wildlife. Asian carp are an invasive species of flying fish wrecking havoc upstream along the […] Read more >

A Hurricane By Any Name

6/3/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Cindy and Philippe may not sound very scary, but a hurricane by any name is still just as dangerous. June marks the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season, and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has a list of names […] Read more >

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Hard Rock Music Soothes the Savage Beast

6/3/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Even sharks like to rock out from time to time. An Australian tour boat operator says great white sharks have a fondness for music as agressive as they are. The animals like songs by Aussie hard rock band AC/DC, especially If You […] Read more >

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Zombie Ants: It’s Time to Leaf

5/19/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

In case you didn’t know, May is Zombie Awareness Month, and brain-eating fiends are taking over print, broadcast and social media. Right now, the littlest of the living dead are even taking over a few backyards. Yikes.  Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is […] Read more >