Posts Tagged Environment and nature

Majka wins short, steep Tour de France Stage 17

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 237.5 kilometers (147.6 miles) with start in Carcassonne and finish in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PLA D’ADET, France (AP) — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna.

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Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

This June 18, 2009 file photo shows cows grazing in Rock County, Neb.   Compared to the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases connected to global warming per calorie, puts out six times as much nitrogen for water pollution, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  (AP Photo/Bill Wolf, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

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Exploring the islands of Cross Lake

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — What better way to spend a warm summer evening in July than exploring the 8,575 acres of Cross Lake with its many islands, inlets and wildlife. The body of water not only supplies drinking water to the city of Shreveport, it also provides recreational opportunities and a home for myriad species of birds.

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5 Things to know about Tour de France Stage 15

New Zealand's Jack Bauer, front, and Switzerland's Martin Elmiger, rear, ride in the breakaway during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 222 kilometers (137.9 miles) with start in Tallard and finish in Nimes, France, Sunday, July 20, 2014. The two riders who rode solo for the whole stage were caught by the sprinting pack in the last meters of the race. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

NIMES, France (AP) — A long, flat transition stage across a rainy Provence saw Tour de France riders leave the Alps behind and finish with the prospect of a rest day ahead of them on Monday.

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As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

In this July 1, 2014 photo released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, (IFAW) gray seals congregate on the shore in Chatham, Mass. Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that they are taking over large stretches of shore, attracting sharks which feed on them, and are interfering with fishing charters. (AP Photo/International Fund for Animal Welfare)

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

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