Science News Archive - September 02, 2008

By MIKE BYRNE Rescuers plucked a fisherman from almost certain death after he plunged in to the River Teign. The fisherman from Exeter, who has not been named, was wearing full body waders - which had filled with water and threatened to send him to the bottom.

Young people working to protect a delicate endangered butterfly have received a financial boost. The funding will help members of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) charity regenerate the habitat of the pearl-bordered fritillary on Bodmin Moor.

By Katherine Fischer Hiking up Valley View trail in Big Sur's National Park, I feel the usual breeze streaming across my face down from the Santa Lucia mountains.

By Jaswinder Kaur WILDLIFE experts in Sabah were caught off guard on Aug 5 when a Sumatran rhinoceros ventured out of its forest habitat and made its way into an oil palm estate.

By The Associated Press TRIVENIGANJ, India (AP) - Stranded by hundreds of miles of floodwaters and trapped on rooftops and trees, desperate villagers stormed rescue boats on Sunday as they tried to escape the flooding that tore through a riverbank and spilled over northern India's vast plains.Two weeks after the Kosi River overflowed its banks, Indian officials commandeered private watercraft after hearing that boat owners were charging people up to $150 each for a lifesaving ride - an impossibly large amount for those marooned in impoverished villages where many survive on a dollar a day.At a makeshift command post on a bridge outside Triveniganj, near the Nepal border, boats filled with survivors arrived every 10 or 15 minutes.

By Sean Ryan Unless something unexpected crops up, New Berlin's application to buy Lake Michigan water should gain state approval. "I'm certainly not aware of any new problematic issues," said Todd Ambs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Water Division administrator.

By Chris Prasad IF you've got the moolah and are looking to invest in something unique in exotic Asia, nothing beats that alltime fetish of having a private island to call your own.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Volunteers calling themselves the Redang Reef Rangers have pledged to devote their time to protect Redang island's aquatic heritage. Particularly close to their heart are its beautiful corals.

This time of the year can be very rewarding, even if you're not a steadfast birdwatcher - and if you like to be surrounded by nature of all kinds, then the Somerset Levels are for you.

Environmental advisers to Network Rail have given hope to Brumby Wood Lane residents protesting against plans to axe a mile of track- side trees. Wildlife-lovers in a similar situation in York saved their trees from the Network Rail chop in 2003, a special consultant revealed this week.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]