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New research: Herbicide causes sex change in frogs

By Fri, Mar 05, 2010 10:10PM UTC

Atrazine, a common weed killer in much of the world, has been shown to turn male frogs into fully functioning, egg-laying females, according to a recent study. Illegal in the European Union since 2004 – but widely used in the U.S. and elsewhere – the agricultural herbicide is what’s known

Coldest winter since the 1980s traps ships

By Fri, Mar 05, 2010 4:52PM UTC

It’s bloody cold in northern Europe: The Baltic Sea was dotted with around 50 ships stuck in the ice on Thursday, including one large passenger ferry carrying around than 1,000 people. Many will remain where they are until Friday, Swedish maritime authorities said. Sweden has suffered an unusually harsh winter

Japan says it won’t comply with possible tuna ban

By Fri, Mar 05, 2010 2:07PM UTC

Japan will not comply if a ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna is imposed, a senior official said after the United States threw its support behind the move ahead of a crucial vote on banning exports of the fish that’s prized in Japan for sushi. “If worse comes

Malaysia warns of rise in dengue fever deaths

By Fri, Mar 05, 2010 2:01PM UTC

An official says Malaysia is urging people to take precautions against dengue fever after a rise in deaths from the mosquito-borne virus. Health Ministry official Lim Chau Leng says 31 people have died after catching the disease in the first two months of the year, compared with 28 deaths in

‘Extinct’ frog species discovered after 30 years

By Thu, Mar 04, 2010 4:17PM UTC

A species of frog thought to have been extinct for 30 years has been discovered in rural Australian farmland, officials said Thursday. Frank Sartor, minister for environment and climate change, said the discovery of the yellow-spotted bell frog is a reminder of the need to protect natural habitats so “future

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