Saturday, February 18, 2006

Goat Repellent - Tiger poo, the new black gold - Feb 17, 2006: "Tiger poo, the new black gold

Friday, February 17, 2006; Posted: 12:19 p.m. EST (17:19 GMT)

CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) -- A tiger's roar might be scary, but Australian researchers have found that the predator's poo is just as potent.

Researchers at the University of Queensland said on Friday they had successfully trailed a tiger poo repellant, warding off wild goats for at least three days.

'Goats wouldn't have seen a tiger from an evolutionary point of view for at least 15 generations but they recognize the smell of the predator,' repellent creator Peter Murray said in a statement.

'If we can show this lasts weeks ... we've just tapped into probably a billion-dollar marke"

Friday, February 17, 2006

Glacier Melt Could Signal Faster Rise in Ocean Levels

Glacier Melt Could Signal Faster Rise in Ocean Levels: "Glacier Melt Could Signal Faster Rise in Ocean Levels
By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 17, 2006; Page A01
Greenland's glaciers are melting into the sea twice as fast as previously believed, the result of a warming trend that renders obsolete predictions of how quickly Earth's oceans will rise over the next century, scientists said yesterday.
The new data come from satellite imagery and give fresh urgency to worries about the role of human activity in global warming. The Greenland data are mirrored by findings from Bolivia to the Himalayas, scientists said, noting that rising sea levels threaten widespread flooding and severe storm damage in low-lying areas worldwide."

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

�Lost World� of wildlife found in Indonesia - Environment -

�Lost World� of wildlife found in Indonesia - Environment - ": 11:49 a.m. ET Feb. 7, 2006
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Describing it as the discovery of a �Lost World,� conservation groups and Indonesia on Tuesday said an expedition to one of Asia�s most isolated jungles had found several dozen new species of frogs, butterflies, flowers and birds.
�It�s as close to the Garden of Eden as you�re going to find on Earth,� Bruce Beehler, a Conservation International scientist who led the expedition, said in a statement.
�The first bird we saw at our camp was a new species,� he added. �Large mammals that have been hunted to near extinction elsewhere were here in abundance. We were able to simply pick up two Long-Beaked Echidnas, a primitive egg-laying mammal that is little known.�"