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2008-06-19 12:50:00

Despite tensions between their governments, wildlife experts from Iran and the West are collaborating to save endangered Asiatic cheetahs from extinction in the rugged, mountainous region of central Iran. The country is thought to host the only 60 - 100 Asiatic cheetahs that remain in the wild. The animals inhabit the unforgiving terrain of jagged peaks, gorges and arid plains in the Kuh-e Bafgh protected area in central Iran's Yazd province. Conservation groups from Britain and the U.S. are...

2008-06-14 09:00:20

By Kevin Miller, Bangor Daily News, Maine Jun. 14--GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine -- A conservation group announced the public phase of a fundraising campaign Friday to protect an additional 6,600 acres near Grand Lake Stream from development. The Downeast Lakes Land Trust has already conserved 27,080 acres west of this Washington County town renowned for its historic sporting camps and recreational fisheries. On Friday, the organization's representatives gathered on the scenic shores of...

2008-01-27 03:00:08

By Napier, T L McCutcheon, K; Fish, J Abstract: Data were collected from adults living in households within the Lower Big Walnut Creek watershed in central Ohio to assess psychosocial orientations of local property owners toward natural resources issues within the watershed and to evaluate their willingness to allocate economic resources to implement soil and water conservation programs on their properties. Unlike adoption studies that have examined attitudes toward nonpoint source...

2007-12-19 18:00:14

Employees at GE Energy Financial Services' Birchwood Power Facility in King George, Virginia received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation at the Wildlife Habitat Council's (WHC) 19th Annual Symposium, The Value of Green in Baltimore, Maryland. The GE unit demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship and increasing native biodiversity by achieving Wildlife at WorkSM recertification for the Birchwood Power Facility. "For 20...

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2007-08-03 15:15:00

By GAVIN RABINOWITZ NEW DELHI - A bill to restore land rights to millions of poor tribal people in India could mean the end for India's endangered wild tigers, eliminating much of their protected habitat, conservationists warned Friday. The struggle over the Tribal Rights Bill highlights India's dilemma as it tries to include hundreds of millions of impoverished people in its recent economic growth and at the same time preserve the environment. "Our biggest problem is not from poachers but...

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2007-02-28 08:50:00

ADDO ELEPHANT PARK, South Africa -- The environment minister proposed a package of measures Wednesday to slow rampant elephant population growth - including limited killing and contraception - but stressed there would be no mass slaughter. The elephant population of 20,000 is growing at a rate of more than 6 percent per year, disrupting the delicate biodiversity in the flagship Kruger National Park and other wildlife parks, Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said. He said the...

2006-09-05 16:15:25

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With his trademark cry of "Crikey!" and his ebullient persona, television naturalist Steve Irwin was an atypical but powerful voice for animal conservation, wildlife experts said on Tuesday. Irwin, known to viewers as the "Crocodile Hunter," died on Monday after a stingray's serrated barb pierced his heart while he was filming at the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. His talents as an entertainer served the...

2006-03-30 13:10:00

By Terence Wade CURITIBA, Brazil - Huge nature reserves that stretch across national frontiers are being formed in Asia, South America and elsewhere, a sign that biodiversity has joined security and immigration as a border issue. More than a dozen countries at the 8th U.N. conference on the Convention on Biodiversity in Brazil this week agreed to set up transnational parks or linked national parks in the jungles of Borneo, the steppes of Central Asia and the Pacific Ocean islands of...

2006-01-09 07:47:43

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The "King of the Beasts" may not rule beyond this century unless urgent action is taken to protect remaining lion habitat and halt conflict between humans and the big cats, a leading conservationist said on Monday. "Lions have lost 80 percent of their historic range in the last century and we don't want the next century to be a repeat," said Kristin Nowell, a member of the cat specialist group of the World Conservation Union, the world's...

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2006-01-09 07:45:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG -- The "King of the Beasts" may not rule beyond this century unless urgent action is taken to protect remaining lion habitat and halt conflict between humans and the big cats, a leading conservationist said on Monday. "Lions have lost 80 percent of their historic range in the last century and we don't want the next century to be a repeat," said Kristin Nowell, a member of the cat specialist group of the World Conservation Union, the world's largest network of...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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