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Agencies issue plan to run Columbia dams, preserve salmon

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Once an expected challenge is filed, it will be up to U.S. District Judge James Redden to decide whether the plans - known as biological opinions - meet the demands of the Endangered Species Act to put salmon on the road to recovery.

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Scientists: Warming may greatest threat to tropical species

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Tropical species are accustomed to living in a small temperature range and thus may be unable to cope with changes of even a few degrees, according to an analysis in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Chile forces residents to leave region of volcano eruption

Posted: 05/08/2008 - The week-old eruption at the Chaiten volcano has scattered ash across a wide swath of South America, forced regional airports to close and drove more than 7,000 people from their homes. Volcanologist Luis Lara warned it could grow worse.

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Australia's Koalas at risk from climate change

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Koalas are threatened by the rising level of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere because it saps nutrients from the eucalyptus leaves they feed on, a researcher said Wednesday.

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Survey shows US honey bee deaths increased over last year

Posted: 05/08/2008 - As beekeepers travel with their hives this spring to pollinate crops around the country, it's clear the insects are buckling under the weight of new diseases, pesticide drift and old enemies like the parasitic varroa mite, said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the group.

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Scientists map the genetic makeup of the platypus

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Unique to Australia, the platypus has confounded observers for centuries. Aboriginal legend explained it as the offspring of a duck and an amorous water rat. When the British Museum received its first specimen in 1798, zoologist George Shaw was so dubious he tried to cut the pelt with scissors to make sure the bill had not been stitched on by a taxidermist.

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System uses sound to find whales, avoid ship strikes

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Ship strikes are the top human-related cause of death for these mammals, which are in danger even from this vessel, a slow-moving research boat called the Shearwater. But new technology could soon help safeguard the whales by using sound, not sight, to track the creatures' movements.

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New Orleans mayor pushing residents to leave FEMA trailers

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Lingering fears about formaldehyde fumes inside federally issued trailers and the impending hurricane season have Mayor Ray Nagin pushing to empty thousands of the structures, intended as temporary housing after Katrina.

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Rain Check

Posted: 05/04/2008 - How has our rainfall compared to average so far in 2008?

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Several Rain Chances this Week

Posted: 05/04/2008 - A powerful storm system will impact our weather for a good chunk of the work week that will bring lots of rain and a chance for severe weather too.

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Interactive Storm Report Map

Updated: 05/02/2008 - zoom in and click on the icons to read about storm reports from t-storms that have produced some severe weather Thursday evening. If the map does not show up click on the "view larger map" at the bootom of the page.

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Tornado Rips through North Central Kansas

Updated: 04/26/2008 - An EF 2 tornado tore through portions of North Central Kansas early Friday morning. There have been numerous reports of power outages and homes damaged or even destroyed. The tornado had winds estimated at 115 MPH.

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