Drugged livestock, Chernobyland, wolverine wait listing
Wolverines will have to wait for the protection they deserve. Photo courtesy of Lory Joly at http://oas.visitsweden.com
Leaked email reveals Fox News' climate change bias
Nonprofit media research center Media Matters recently came across an email showing that a top Fox News official ordered staff to cast suspicion on any mention of climate change science during their news reports, reports the Guardian, explaining that "it is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies." With this latest revelation, it's no wonder then that a recent survey found that Fox News viewers are "significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources."
Wolverines told to get in line for endangered species protection
Despite being fierce hunters, wolverine populations are on the decline, enough so to be considered endangered by federal wildlife officials, reports the Associated Press. Still, thanks to a backlog of other species that are in more imminent danger, the largest member of the weasel family won't be reaping the benefits of endangered species protection anytime soon. Instead, they'll need to get behind other species on the list, whose numbers total in the hundreds.
Climate scientists mildly surprised by Copenhagen cable leaks
It takes a lot to shock people these days. The revelation that the U.S. government was actively working to undermine the climate change agreement through back door deals at the Copenhagen summit came as little surprise to those who attended last year's talks, reports LiveScience. The article quoted Elizabeth Malone, senior research scientist with the Joint Global Change Research Institute, as saying, "It's certainly not news that almost every country or small bloc of countries showed up with an agenda that prevented countries from reaching an agreement."
U.S. livestock pumped full of antibiotics
A recent FDA report found that livestock in the U.S. chowed down and were injected with almost 30 million pounds of antibiotics last year, writes the LA Times. Though the report is the FDA's first foray into adding up drug use by American livestock, the Union of Concerned Scientists and others have been raising the alarm on antibiotic overuse for years as it can render once potent antibiotics worthless through antibiotic resistance.
Chernobyl turned into tourist attraction
Tourists looking for an unusual vacation spot next year can check out the site of one of the world's worst nuclear reactor meltdowns, reports the Guardian. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster killed an unknown amount of people and forced about 350,000 to leave their homes, turning once-bustling cities into ghost towns. Tourists are allowed to walk through designated safe zones to check out the remnants, though they'd be wise to avoid walking off of the beaten path, as much of the area is still heavily contaminated.