December 9, 2009


"Wired" Irish River Detects Pollution in Real Time
National Geographic News -
06 Dec 2009
C Dell'Amore
Photo credit: A Lawlor/DEPLOY Project

Nature has gone wireless in Ireland, where scientists have outfitted a major river with sensors that detect spikes in pollution in real time.

. . . Called the DEPLOY project, the program was developed as a cheaper alternative to sending out scientists to collect water samples several times a day.

In addition, the technology can identify a disastrous influx of pollution, such as toxic industrial-chemical spills, before fish go belly up.

Texas group to sue over whooping crane deaths
The Houston Chronicle - (Source: Associated Press)
08 Dec 2009
Photo courtesy of The Chattanoogen

A conservation group says state regulators are to blame for last year's record die-off in the world's only natural flock of endangered whooping cranes, alleging water-use policies dried up food and water supplies in their drought-stricken South Texas winter habitat.

. . . The commission has allowed too many water permits for the booming areas along the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers, resulting in high salinity in marshlands and estuaries, the group said.

That led to widespread malnutrition and 23 deaths among the crane population during the November to March period — the most deaths in one winter since 1938 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began keeping record of the cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Corpus Christi.

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Raccoons in Central Park Raise Rabies Concerns
The New York Times -
08 Dec 2009
AG Sulzberger
Photo credit: A Vernon/Flickr

Location: New York, New York, USA - Map It

City health officials are warning visitors to Central Park to avoid contact with wild animals and to keep their dogs on a leash following the discovery of three rabid raccoons, two in the last week.

The discovery was a surprise because, in the previous six years, only one rabid animal had been found in Manhattan, with the majority of rabies cases in the city isolated to Staten Island and the Bronx.

Another rabid raccoon that was found earlier this year, near the northernmost tip of Manhattan, was believed to have crossed over from the Bronx on a railroad bridge.

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Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2009 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print]
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Evidence for thyroid endocrine disruption in wild fish in San Francisco Bay, California, USA. Relationships to contaminant exposures
Aquat Toxicol. 2009 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print]
NK Brar et al.

Morbillivirus Infection in Free-ranging Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Southeastern United States: Seroepidemiologic and Pathologic Evidence of Subclinical Infection
Veterinary Microbiology. 2009 [Epub ahead of print]
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A Method for Investigating Population Declines of Migratory Birds Using Stable Isotopes: Origins of Harvested Lesser Scaup in North America

PLoS One. 2009 Nov 25;4(11):e791
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