Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire and chairman of the Virgin group, is planning one of the most extravagant displays of socially conscious wealth we've ever seen. The New York Post says that he wants to fill one of his privately owned islands with endangered lemurs in order to build ... More >>
"Don't look at us, we have feathers." Photo via HighlandBladePenguins on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have been struck with a peculiar ailment that is leaving scientists confused and the birds chilly. It has been dubbed "feather-loss disorder," and its root cause is unknown. The Wildlife ... More >>
Leah Nash/NYTThere are more rhesus monkeys than you'd think out there getting fat. Getting really fat. And it's not their fault; it's because they're being used as research subjects in studies about obesity and diabetes. At the Oregon National Primate Research Center, scientists are keeping a col ... More >>
greenprophet.com In a food culture that constantly seeks out the rare and arcane, insects constitute the final frontier. Though you can readily find pig ears, fiddleheads, sea urchins, foie gras, and truffles on menus all over town, season permitting, where would you go to find bugs?
Because untreated grease gives us all something to smile about!Here's yet another reason we find ourselves weary of the continuing existence of T.G.I. Friday's.
david.niknvscanon/FlickrBees, the right color.Remember the story about the mysteriously red bees? Well -- big surprise -- it turns out that bees are just as drawn to artificial sweeteners as humans are. Bees from several local hives were caught dipping into the red maraschino cherry juice at ... More >>
Sunday's New York Times includes a somewhat original, overlooked take on the most infamous terrorist in the world, the still-not-caught Osama bin Laden, who released two new audio recordings over the weekend. The article, instead of the standard "Where's Waldo?", focuses on bin Laden's "wide- ... More >>
New York City. If it's not the raccoons, it's the coyotes, geese, sewer gators, rats, bedbugs, or the dangerous fornicating opossums. The New York Post reveals that city officials decided to try to fuck with biology by introducing the rat-tailed marsupials into Brooklyn a few years ago to r ... More >>
The confusing Whole Foods "dot" identification system for seafood. In a press release that just hit our email box at Fork in the Road, Whole Foods announces the chain-wide implementation of their color coding system for identifying fish according to sustainability, as certified by the Blue O ... More >>
You thought it was bad that 400 Canada geese in Prospect Park were killed? Now the state is planning to euthanize 170,000 of them. Run for your lives, geese! According to City Room, who got hold of a report by some government agencies, "The nearly 400 geese gassed to death this month after ... More >>
New babies! We love new babies. Especially when they are super-cute baby sea lions born at the New York Aquarium: An as-yet-unnamed female sea lion has been born to mama sea lion Clarice, and is the first sea lion to be born at the Aquarium.
Bittersweet at the Brooklyn Botanic GardensA 20-year study of plant life in a fifty mile radius of New York City by the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has found that more than 50 plant species native to the region face extinction under pressure from decreasing undeveloped land and the spread of non ... More >>
We're told that the NYPD's elite Emergency Services Unit has been called to the Manhattan side of the Holland Tunnel to chase down a coyote initially spotted in the tunnel. According to the most recent report from the cops, the commuting coyote left the tunnel and was last seen on Varick St ... More >>
Crime is reportedly down, so does that mean there are fewer criminals? Maybe criminals are just getting more stupid. Two co-winners of the just-announced 2009 Darwin Awards — "Honoring those who improve the species . . . by accidentally removing themselves from it!" — are evidence. U ... More >>
The ongoing pissing match over Sarah Palin's inked-up gimme cap has a new combatant, now that John McCain has taken a stand. If you managed to miss this earth-shaking controversy, the Senator's former running mate was photographed in Hawaii wearing a McCain campaign sun visor with the logo bl ... More >>
The Cove exposes a Japanese town's secret dolphin trade, where the intelligent sea mammals are captured for amusement and slaughtered for food. The film, which stars Richard O'Barry, once the world's leading authority on dolphin training and a consultant on the show Flipper, opens today at the Ang ... More >>
But what about the uglies?
Congratulations to the New York Post, which has received action on one of its crusades, an early call to get the LaGuardia Canadian geese that brought down Flight 1549. The cause was taken up by state senators including Hiram Monserrate, and the Post kept up the pressure till it bore fruit: now the ... More >>
A Massachusetts antique dealer has been indicted by the Justice Department for illegally importing sperm whale teeth. (We didn't know this was a hot black market commodity, but then again, there's a collector's market for just about everything. Apparently the hot sperm whale teeth spots in the U.S a ... More >>
Starbucks yesterday opened its first café in Poland, located in downtown Warsaw. The company said it has been wanting to enter Poland, a country that has embraced coffee culture, for awhile. [Seattle PI] Hamptons restaurateur Ed "Jean Luc" Kleefield was arrested Friday after turning himself in fo ... More >>
Today the state department of environmental conservation got to play Elliot Ness, announcing charges against 18 people nabbed in "Operation Shellshock," a sting on illegal poaching, transportation and sales of protected reptiles, specifically turtles, rattlesnakes and salamanders. The Times repo ... More >>
What's for dinner?Apparently, humans are not the only ones who are particular about their food. According to British researchers at the University of Exeter, a dolphin has twice been filmed preparing its food according to a certain "recipe"--a behavior that's extremely rare, even in mammals. The fe ... More >>
Theyre just trying to get a nut
A whale of a cultural clash in an early New York legal battle
The backlash against Councilman Simcha Felder's proposal to create a $1,000 fine for feeding pigeons continues to grow. Pigeon defenders have started a new blog, People for Pigeons, to counter misinformation being spread about pigeons and will host a rally for pigeon rights on the step of City Hall ... More >>
Thar s/he blew, in Gowanus Bay, on Tuesday. The minke whale that wandered into our foul urban stew this week has died. Weighing as much as 5,000 pounds and leaving one heck of a carcass to haul out, the young critter braved the outer reaches of the Gowanus Canal before breaking hearts all over brow ... More >>
Bloomberg's man Dan Doctoroff has an answer for rising seas: more coastal condos!
In the exotic pet universe, it's all about whose is weirder than whose.
"Our political system has something in common with the earth's climate," Al Gore is saying to wild applause. "It is non-linear. Change can seem to be happening slowly, and then it can shift to a completely new path." The former vice president and current star of the documentary An Inconvenient T ... More >>
The man who would've been president warns of an imminent deep impact
Raw sewage continues to pour into the city's waterways
The fast and the furriest: Animating season opens with the journey of a manic menagerie
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New EPA Rule Threatens to Increase Local Pollution
Prez Not All Bad on Environment. Just Mostly.
Gale Norton Rings in an America Where Polluters Police Themselves and Environmentalists Go Extinct