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Russia To Probe Death Of Rare Leopard

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Russian conservation experts say they’ve launched an investigation into the death of a rare Amur leopard, one of only an estimated 40 left in the wild. Poaching is believed to be the most likely cause of the leopard’s death, although a team of conservationists will look at other possible […]

Manatees Victims Of Florida Cold Snap

MIAMI, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Florida wildlife experts say 2011 was a bad year for the state’s manatees, blaming cold weather for the second-deadliest year on record for the marine mammals. State wildlife biologists said of the 453 dead manatees recovered in state waters last year, more than a quarter of them were killed by […]

Earthquakes At Lake Mead A Puzzle

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 (UPI) — A series of small earthquakes at Lake Mead may have been caused by Colorado snow runoff that rapidly filled the lake last spring and summer, a geologist says. Lee Allison, Arizona state geologist and director of the state’s geological survey, said he began to notice the small quakes, ranging […]

Belarus Tightens Grip On Internet

MINSK, Belarus, Jan. 3 (UPI) — Internet users in Belarus who visit Web sites hosted in other countries could soon face fines of up to $125 under a new law, authorities say. Internet cafe owners could also be fined and have their businesses closed down if their customers are found visiting Web sites outside Belarus, […]

Spain Launches Strong Anti-Piracy Law

MADRID, Jan. 3 (UPI) — The Spanish government says recently adopted Internet anti-piracy laws could mean Web sites deemed to be carrying pirated material could be blocked within days. The legislation has created a government body with powers to force Internet service providers to block sites in a crackdown welcomed by the movie and music […]

Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Law

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) — A new law governing oil and natural gas pipelines in the United States provides a strong framework to prevent future accidents, a House leader said. U.S. President Barack Obama signed a measuring into law regulating oil and gas pipelines in the United States. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of […]

U.S. Concerned By Iran-Pakistan Pipeline

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) — Washington has serious concerns about decisions by Islamabad to move closer to a decision on a natural gas pipeline from Iran, a U.S. official said. Pakistan is facing an energy crisis due to a 33 percent decline in natural gas supplies compared with last year. The government last month said […]

U.S. To Monitor Cuban Oil Work

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Coast Guard plan to inspect an oil rig leased by Spanish energy company Repsol in Cuban waters, an official said. Repsol last year announced plans to drill exploration wells in Cuban waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A group of U.S. House of […]

Giant Weed Said Border Security Obstacle

LAWRENCE, Kan., Dec. 30 (UPI) — A giant invasive weed is threatening the ecosystem along southern U.S. rivers and could hamper security efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border, researchers say. Scientists writing in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management report areas of giant reed, Arundo donax, are encroaching on the waters of the Rio Grande […]

Elusive Snow Leopards Caught On Camera

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 30 (UPI) — A remote camera in the mountains of Afghanistan has captured a rare photograph of a snow leopard mother and her cub, a U.S. wildlife conservation group says. Photographs of the elusive animals are hard to come by, the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York said, so a picture of […]

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