When scientists talk about the destruction of rain forests or the acidification of oceans, we often hear about the tragic loss of plants and animals.
But ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley, say there's also a human tragedy that frequently goes unnoticed: As fish and fauna are wiped out, more children around the world are forced to work. And more people are forced into indentured servitude, scientists wrote Thursday in the journal Science.
Should we add cane toads to the list of alien creatures that have invaded the Treasure Coast? According to the weekly newspaper 32963, which serves that zip code, a resident of the Vero Beach barrier island noticed his 18-month-old English Setter named Major was foaming at the mouth and shaking his head. The owner rushed the dog to a vet, who treated Major for venom poisoning from a cane toad. Apparently, Major had bit a cane toad or licked it or just sniffed it. Cane toads are big. They squirt a milky venom from glands behind their ears that can be lethal to small mammals and harmful
The number of tropical storms that form in August compared to July is nearly three to one on average. And by the time this week ends and August begins, we could have our season's second named storm. Florida Public Radio Meteorologist Jeff Huffman is tracking the potential new development in today's daily tropical update.