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New species a little nipper

A small creature called a Durrell’s vontsira is the first new carnivore species discovered in more than 20 years. The critter was caught in the wetlands of Madagascar’s largest lake and probably eats mollusks and other shellfish. By Rachel Ehrenberg Credit: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Web edition : Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 <br> Scientists have found the first new carnivore... 

Tiger “clusters” seen as last hope for species: study

Rokan, a male Sumatran tiger, lays in the grass at the U.S. National Zoo in Washington in this July 20, 2006 file photo. Photo: Reuters/Molly Riley/Files ANIMALS) Asia’s tiger population could be close to extinction with fewer than 3,500 tigers remaining in the wild and most clustered in fragmented areas making up less than 7 percent of their former range in Asia, a study says. The study... 

Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing in a Warmer World

A leopard seal rests on Antarctic sea ice between penguin-hunting forays. Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Christine Dell’Amore National Geographic News Published August 16, 2010 Models solve mystery, but suggest South Pole sea ice melt will soon accelerate. Climate scientists have cracked the mystery of why Antarctic sea ice has managed to grow despite global warming—but... 

Watch out for Yellowstone bears — they’re hungry

A grizzly bear walks across a road near Mammoth, Wyo., in Yellowstone Park. Yellowstone’s grizzlies are going to be particularly hungry this fall, and that means more dangerous meetings with humans in a year that is already the area’s deadliest on record. Watch out for Yellowstone bears — they’re hungry Two people have been fatally mauled by grizzlies so far this year By MATTHEW... 

Dozens of whales die after 58 are stranded on New Zealand beach

(CNN) — A beachgoer in a remote area of northern New Zealand found a horrific sight Friday morning — 58 pilot whales stranded on Karikari Beach. When conservation officials arrived, only 15 of the animals were still alive. The whales probably became stranded sometime during the night, said Carolyn Smith of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation in Kaitaia, and that’s...