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60% of deforested Amazon used for cattle: study

More than 60 percent of deforested areas of the Brazilian Amazon forest are used for grazing cattle, while only five percent is used for agriculture, a new government study said. From research of satellite imagery, Brazilian officials found of the 719,000 square kilometers (277,000 square miles) cleared up to 2008,…

Happy Feet the penguin begins long swim home

Happy Feet, the lost penguin who became a worldwide celebrity after he washed up on a New Zealand beach was released back into the Southern Ocean on Sunday to begin a long swim home to Antarctica. “It’s an indescribable feeling to see a patient finally set free. It?s definitely the…

Wind and rain warnings for Alabama and Mississippi ahead of Lee

MOBILE, Ala (Reuters) – Heavy rains and strong wind gusts pressed across southern Alabama and Mississippi on Saturday as the center of Tropical Storm Lee neared coastal Louisiana to the west. The National Hurricane Center extended the tropical storm warning, already in effect from Mississippi to Texas, further east to…

Sixty percent of Gulf oil production shut down by Tropical Storm Lee

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Sixty percent of crude oil production and more than half of natural gas output were shut in U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday as Tropical Storm Lee hammered the Louisiana Coast, the U.S. government said. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said 844,190…

Prosthetics runner wins silver at track and field world champs.

Oscar Pistorius will receive a historic world silver medal on Saturday but the moment will be tinged with bitterness after he was left out of the 4x400m relay team for the final. The controversial ‘Blade Runner’, who runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades, was a member of the South…

Obama withdraws smog regulation, overruling EPA

President Barack Obama Friday announced that he would overrule the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial anti-smog regulations. Business leaders and Republicans had voiced strong objections to the new smog standards, and they count Obama’s decision as a victory. Obama cited a desire to avoid costly regulations as his reason for telling…

Tsunami warning lifted after 6.8 Alaska quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting a tsunami warning for a portion of Alaska’s coast that was lifted after an hour. There were no reports of damage or injury from the quake and…

Space junk reaching “tipping point,” report warns

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla,. (Reuters) – The amount of debris orbiting the Earth has reached “a tipping point” for collisions, which would in turn generate more of the debris that threatens astronauts and satellites, according to a U.S. study released on Thursday. NASA needs a new strategic plan for mitigating the…

Five VA patients blinded by Avastin: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Five patients being treated for eye disease were blinded after being injected with Roche Holding AG’s Avastin at the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs medical center, according to the New York Times. VA officials did not respond to requests for comment. The latest cases of blindness follow…

New Mars samples ‘unlike any seen before’

A new site being explored by the Mars rover Opportunity has yielded soil samples unlike any examined before on the red planet and that appear more favorable for life, scientists said. Opportunity, the indefatigable robot that has been exploring Mars for seven and a half years, arrived three weeks ago…

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