Rangers in Gunnison National Park have recovered what they believe to be the body of a hiker missing since Sunday. The unidentified hiker obtained a permit indicating he’d leave the park on Saturday. When rangers found his car at the trailhead Sunday morning, they began a search of his intended route.
The body was located Tuesday in the park’s Black Canyon, 1,000 feet below the canyon’s southern rim. The hiker is believed to have fallen to his death. Rangers are currently at... Read More
Climate change could make that bottle of French Bordeaux even pricier, forcing you to switch to a vintage from Montana or even China. A recent study from Conservation International indicates that shifts in temperature and moisture may render some traditional wine regions unsuitable for growing notoriously picky grapes.
Popular wine regions could see a decrease production of up to 70 percent by 2050. But other places, especially those in higher latitudes, may find themselves the new premier a... Read More
Two more patients died of bird flu in China this week, bringing the outbreak's death toll to nine, as officials announced they had traced the source of the virus to chickens and wild birds from around eastern Asia. The China Securities Journal reported on Wednesday that a vaccine for the virus behind the disease, H7N9, was in development, and would be available in the first half of this year.
The strain of bird flu responsible for the current epidemic was first discovered in humans last month... Read More
Professional snowboarder Chelone Miller, an athlete looking to make the 2014 Olympics in snowboardcross and the younger brother of skier Bode Milller, was found dead on Sunday, April 7, in Mammoth Lakes, California. The New Hampshire native was 29. Early reports state that Miller died of an apparent seizure, which likely stemmed from a 2005 dirt bike accident that left him in a coma for 11 days.
"Chelone Miller had a purity of spirit that was contagious," said Pat Bridges, the editor of Snowb... Read More
Could military-style drones play a role in the future of wildlife protection? Monitoring endangered species within the boundaries of massive game reserves has long been a challenge for conservationists, but drones could help change that by covering more ground in less time and with less manpower.
Poachers managed to kill 22 one-horned rhinos in the India’s 185-square mile Kaziranga National Park in 2012, and have already killed 16 so far this year. The park's three hundred armed guards ... Read More