The graceful albatross – immortalized in a centuries-old poem as an omen of both good and ill – is under siege.

The graceful albatross – immortalized in a centuries-old poem as an omen of both good and ill – is under siege.

This is the story of the “Grey-Head.” It’s but a single member of a large family of albatross called Diomedeidae. Major research studies published recently, warn of twin threats facing the already-endangered bird. Each is different. Each is insidious. In general, the albatross carries higher burdens of mercury in its body than any other bird […]

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Recent research shows: More rare, endangered sharks are dying in the worldwide trade in shark fins than earlier feared.

Recent research shows: More rare, endangered sharks are dying in the worldwide trade in shark fins than earlier feared.

The finning of sharks is not for the faint of heart. After hauling them aboard their vessels, the fishers cut off their fins, then toss them back into the ocean. Still alive, they sink to the bottom where they’re either eaten by other predators or die of suffocation. About 100 million sharks are believed to be […]

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