Rare whale’s recovery hurt by entanglements, scientists say

PORTLAND, Maine – The ability of an endangered whale species to recover is jeopardized by increasing rates of entanglement in fishing gear and a resultant drop in birth rates, according to...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Lightning strike kills 323 reindeer in Norway

The macabre images released Monday by the Norwegian Environment Agency look like something out of a wildlife zombie apocalypse movie, or the aftermath of a cervid “Game Of Thrones” battle: a...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop

LOS BANOS, Calif. – A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird’s-eye view of a vast tomato field in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s most...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Obama creates world’s largest marine protected area off coast of Hawaii

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday expanded a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Mice quarantine themselves when sick – a lesson for us all

In 1665, a bundle of cloth from London arrived at the door of the tailor for the village of Eyam, a tiny community in the midlands of England. Within a week, the tailor’s assistant was dead. The...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Good Earth Briefs

Learn how glaciers shaped our landscape The San Juan Mountains Association will hold its Glacial Landforms Field Seminar at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Highland Mary Lakes near Silverton. While hiking...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

California island foxes removed from endangered species list

LOS ANGELES – Not long ago, foxes native to the Channel Islands off the California coast teetered on the edge of extinction. They have rebounded to the point where U.S. wildlife officials recently...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Historic apple orchards begin comeback in Montezuma County

An apple orchard revival is taking place in Southwest Colorado. The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project wants to return the region back to the glory days of the early 20th century when the apple...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

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Learn about lichens in San Juan Mountains The Southwest Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society will sponsor a field trip to study lichens at 8 a.m. Sunday. The group will meet at Animas City...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Global warming divides Americans more than abortion

WASHINGTON – Tempers are rising in America, along with the temperatures. Two decades ago, the issue of climate change wasn’t as contentious. The leading U.S. Senate proponent of taking action on...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Greenland shark now oldest living animal with backbone

WASHINGTON – In the cold waters of the Arctic, a denizen of the deep lurked for centuries. Now scientists calculate that this female Greenland shark was the Earth’s oldest living animal with a...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

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Hike to feature environmental art Allison Andersen will lead a free hike to explore environmental trail art by Mary Ellen Long from 8:20 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Participants will meet at Edgemont...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth