April 18, 2012

Arctic     Photo: Polar Cruises/Flickr

Greenpeace Activists Arrested in Moscow

Group was protesting Arctic oil drilling

Police in Moscow arrested 23 Greenpeace activists on Tuesday for protesting against Arctic drilling at an illegal rally outside the Arctic Oil and Gas Conference. Rosneft, Russia's largest oil producer, signed a deal with Exxon Mobil earlier this week that grants both companies access to each other’s reserves, including areas of Russia's Arctic Kara Sea, which is estimated to hold 36 billion barrels of oil. Environmentalists worry that oil exploration will destroy fragile Arctic ecosystems and warn that the Arctic's remoteness, sub-zero temperaturess, ice floes, and high winds could lead to ruinous spills. The detained activists face fines of up to 1,000 roubles, or $34.

Read more at Reuters


Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna     Photo: tarotastic/Flickr

Fisherman Lands 428-Pound Tuna

Fish won't qualify for world record

A fisherman off the coast of Mexico caught a 427.9-pound yellowfin tuna, the largest-ever with a reel and rod on record, last Thursday after a 30-minute battle. But Robert Pedigo's catch won't qualify as an official record, because a crew member touched the rod during the fight, qualifying it as an "assisted catch" under International Game Fish Association rules. The official world record dates back to 2010, when Californian fisherman Mike Livingston caught a 405-pound yellowfin in Mexican waters.

Read more at Grind TV


Rutherford aboard the St. Brendan

    Photo: Matt Rutherford

Rutherford Sails Solo Around Americas

27,000-mile journey complete in Annapolis

In Annapolis, Maryland on Wednesday, Matt Rutherford became the first person to sail alone and unsupported around North and South America. Rutherford, 31, crossed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Wednesday morning just before 11 A.M., ten months after he first set sail from Annapolis on his boat, St. Brendan. Rutherford purified his own water, supplemented his diet of packaged food with fish, and lost his collection of books to mold in the Northwest Passage. He will not officially make landfall until Saturday, April 21, according to his blog. In March, Rutherford spoke about his return to society with ambivalence. "[At sea] your problems become very basic and are based on survival, not drama," he said. "I am starting to look forward to land but land is also where the problems live."

Read more Solo Around the Americas



Cow     Photo: JelleS/Flickr

Forest Service May Explode Frozen Cows

Animals died in Colorado cabin

The U.S. Forest Service is considering whether to use explosives to dispense with six cows that froze to death in a cabin in Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Other removal options under consideration include burning the cabin with the animals inside or moving the bodies with a helicopter or truck. Whichever option they choose, the Forest Service will have to act soon: if not moved soon, the cows could thaw and rot, potentially drawing hungry bears and contaminating local hot springs. Two Air Force Academy cadets discovered the dead animals during a snowshoeing trip in late March.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times


Afghan schoolgirl reads aloud

Afghan schoolgirl reads aloud     Photo: isafmedia/Flickr

171 Girls Sickened in Afghan Poisoning

Opponents of female education blamed

More than 170 Afghan women and girls were sickened on Tuesday from a suspected act of poisoning at their school's water source. Local officials have blamed radical conservatives who oppose female education. A water sample has been sent to Kabul for testing, and the Afghan police are questioning two school workers who were taken into custody on Wednesday. Similar poisoning incidents affected more than 100 teachers and schoolgirls in 2010.

Read more at CNN