| May 4, 2015
| 7:32 PM
SeaWorld is fighting three lawsuits from customers who say the company misled them about treatment of its whales, but several legal experts say the cases may be difficult for the plaintiffs to win.
"It's just highly unlikely it's ever going to result...
| May 2, 2015
| 8:50 PM
For decades, oyster growers in southwest Washington have battled to control native shrimp that burrow in the mudflats and make it hard for oysters to grow.
Now, after getting state approval, a group of shellfish farmers plan to spray a widely used...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 8:00 PM
As the hub of California’s sprawling water system, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta has been the focus of the state’s water fights for decades.
Competing interests — environmental, urban and agricultural — have defeated repeated...
| May 1, 2015
| 7:30 AM
Experts have reported some good news about their long-running efforts to protect fish in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: A ban on fishing in one large portion of the reef has helped fish throughout the habitat.
The protections also appear to...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 6:11 AM
A loud, trumpet-like call sweeps across acres of tall grass fields at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel.
The call, made by a male whooping crane, is quickly followed by a shorter, two-note call from a nearby female.
"That's the unison call," said...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 3:24 PM
An unusually large number of whales dining in areas off the West Coast also prized by the fishing industry is contributing to an alarming surge in the number of cetaceans entangled in crabbing gear.
Environmental groups are urging state fisheries...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 7:04 AM
Paula Coughlin led a group of volunteers to a remote Woodstock property on April 25. A quarter of a mile in, they stopped beside a pool of water that measured about 20 feet by 60 feet. This was the mother lode, the vernal pool they were looking for....
| Apr 23, 2015
| 1:14 PM
In what may be a first for a long-extinct non-human animal -- and certainly for an extinct creature of such stature -- scientists have assembled the complete genome of the woolly mammoth, gaining insight into why the last surviving population of the great...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 2:14 PM
The Alaska yellow cedar edged one step closer to being listed as a threatened or endangered species after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the tree may warrant such protection because of the ravages of climate change.
The move was...
| Apr 20, 2015
| 11:37 AM
Most of the world's humpback whales could soon be removed from the endangered species list under a new plan from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency announced on Monday.
Citing improved conservation efforts and population...
| Apr 18, 2015
| 8:42 AM
MELBOURNE— Biologists may soon have another biological weapon in their war against the infamous Brazilian pepper tree: an army of jumping plant lice.
These tiny insects — called Calophya Latiforceps — have the gall to go up against...