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Conclusion of new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources draft report is wrong, environmentalists contend

Conclusion of new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources draft report is wrong, environmentalists contend

An environmental advocacy group has contended that a new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) draft report has wrongly suggested that sand mining operations don't generate fine dust particles and mustn’t affect human health.

Last week, the DNR came up with a potential update to its 2012 sand mining study for public comment. The analysis was based on the latest scientific and socioeconomic data regarding sand mining in Wisconsin. The agency used the analysis to tell about the policy discussions and decisions.

Over a dozen shark species swim in South Carolina waters that shore-based fisherman might hook into

Over a dozen shark species swim in South Carolina waters that shore-based fisherman might hook into

During summer, toss a line into the water off a beach in the southeast and most probably the first thing that will come to sample your bait would have sharp teeth and sandpaper-tough skin. And in case you manage to hook a shark and bring it to shore, a crowd will surely gather soon.

Weather and water levels affecting wild birds in parts of Wayne County and up north

Weather and water levels affecting wild birds in parts of Wayne County and up north

The wild birds in parts of Wayne County and in up north have been badly affected by Weather and water levels. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has detected type C botulism in 50 lifeless mallard ducks discovered near Marsh Creek in Woodhaven, and also some wild waterfowl in the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. Around 20 mallards have been found dead in the region.

DNR WDL pathologist Julie Melotti said in a statement that though this isn’t uncommon, they will keep on monitoring the locations and other sites, for dead birds.

National Park Service finds Two Litters of Mountain Lion Kittens in California

National Park Service finds Two Litters of Mountain Lion Kittens in California

Two litters of mountain lion kittens have been spotted in California’s Santa Susana Mountains, said the National Park Service officials in a statement. The blue-eyed kittens, born to two different mothers, have the same father, the officials added.

Last month, the National Park Service reported that its researchers saw five kittens in the Californian mountain range. The large transverse range of mountains is known for connecting mountain lions from Santa Monica Mountains and national forest Los Padres National Forest.

Living ‘ghost fish’ noticed for the first time ever in Mariana Trench

Living ‘ghost fish’ noticed for the first time ever in Mariana Trench

Deep under the surface of the ocean, for the first time ever, scientist have seen a living ‘ghost fish’, an eel-like creature in Aphyonidae family. The nearly four-inch long fish possesses eerie white skin and a tadpole-like tail. It has been captured on camera on a ridge roughly 8,200 feet underwater in the Pacific.

In the video, Bruce Mundy, a fisheries biologist with NOAA, said that to his knowledge it is the first time ever that a fish in this family has been spotted alive. He called it an extremely uncommon sighting.

This is How Gypsy Moths Became a Threat for New England

This is How Gypsy Moths Became a Threat for New England

New England is going through a moth-problem these days. Gypsy moths are all around in the region and leading to cancellation of flights. As per a report, 2016 could be one of the worst years with the moth larvae affecting acres of forest in Massachusetts.

Ancient bones signal towards cannibalistic practices among Neanderthals

Ancient bones signal towards cannibalistic practices among Neanderthals

Researchers found ancient bones in Belgium indicating that Neanderthals practiced cannibalism over 40,000 years ago. The ancient humans exercised butchery and extracted bone marrow from body. They even used remains of their dead relatives for making tools.

The greatest amount of Neanderthal remains in the north of the Alps was found at Goyet caves. The bones provided knowledge of the practices the ancient people engaged in. The bones found from the site gave knowledge that Neanderthals made tools out of the bones of their relatives who had died.

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