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Baby Hawks To Be Released Into Wild

NOBLE, Okla., Aug. 29 (UPI) — More than 200 baby hawks saved from heat and drought in Oklahoma will be released back into the wild in September, wildlife rescuers say. The Mississippi kites were found abandoned after jumping from their nests due to temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain reported. Rescuers […]

Abuses Uncovered At Zimbabwe Diamond Field

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Members of the Kimberly Process are turning a blind eye to rampant abuses at Zimbabwe’s diamond mines, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch discovered that, through a six-month investigation, police and private security guards working at the Marange diamond field shot, beat and unleashed attack dogs on […]

EU Considers Syrian Oil Embargo

BRUSSELS, Aug. 30 (UPI) — An oil embargo targeting Syria is expected to become reality within the next few days from the members of the European Union, diplomats said. Syria has exported most of its crude oil to European countries. The 150,000 barrels of crude exported each day provide Damascus with around 30 percent of […]

Libya Running Out Of Water

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 30 (UPI) — UNICEF is working in war-torn Libya to make up for a water shortage, which the aid agency said could lead to serious health problems if it continues. Fuel shortages and sporadic fighting mean water must be carried from the pipeline sending water to millions of people in Tripoli, Benghazi […]

‘Smart Collars’ Will Track Wildlife

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say “smart collars” will enable people to learn how animals live their lives and possibly transform how wild populations are managed. The collars will use a combination of global positioning technology and accelerometers for recording an animal’s actions as it leaps, runs or is sleeping, The […]

New Energy Standard For Fridges Announced

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday new efficiency standards for refrigerators it says will cut the energy use of most new models by 25 percent. A typical refrigerator in 2014 will use about one-fifth as much electricity as one from the mid-1970s, the department said in a release Friday. […]

Contact With Lockerbie Bomber Confirmed

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 29 (UPI) — The Scottish government said the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 is dying and the matter should be left there. Lockerbie bomber and former Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released from prison by Scottish officials in August 2009 on compassionate grounds because […]

Mixed Views To EPA Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — New rules governing air pollution from coal plants in the United States will have to develop gradually, an analyst said amid concerns of economic calamity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules meant to reduce industrial pollution tied to coal-fired power plants. Cross-state air pollution rules that deal with the […]

Oil Pipeline Divisive Issue In U.S.

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 29 (UPI) — The route for a pipeline carrying oil from tar sands projects in Alberta, Canada, doesn’t seem like a good idea for Nebraska, a federal lawmaker said. The U.S. State Department cleared a major obstacle for TransCanada’s plans to extend a pipeline network that would carry heavy crude oil to […]

Space Station May Be Temporarily Abandoned

HOUSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Astronauts may have to temporarily abandon the International Space Station after the crash of a Russian supply rocket, officials said. The Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress 44 supply ship, expected to deliver 3 tons of supplies to the orbiting lab’s six-man crew, crashed in eastern Russia after a booster rocket […]

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