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The Sulphur Springs Valley has attracted a record 40,499 wintering sandhill cranes this season, but not all of them are happy. Read more»

An Amur tiger.

The residents of this tiny village have always had a difficult relationship with the local predators, the massive tigers they call "king of the mountains." There are fewer than 20 wild tigers left in this remote northern corner of China bordering Siberia, a few miles from North Korea. Read more»

A Chinese New Year celebrant has second thoughts about his purchase of headgear. Read more» 1

2010 Winter Olympic Cauldron.

Once upon a time it took a village to stage the Winter Olympics. They were smaller, cozier, with a pleasing intimacy. But villages can no longer handle the less charming aspects of the Winter Games, most notably the significant environmental impact. Read more»

Spotted owl

Beginning on Valentine's day, the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity mounts its Endangered Species Condoms, an effort to educate people on the impact of population growth on threatened and endangered animals. Read more» 4

Gov. Jan Brewer visits at an event at the state Capitol on Thursday organized by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Gov. Jan Brewer joined business leaders Thursday in calling Arizona to create a climate more attractive to long-term employment, helping the state move away from growth as its primary economic driver. Read more» 2

Snow covered the tops of the Catalinas on Jan. 23 as the sun broke through the shroud of clouds. This view is at the north end of Craycroft Road, on Tucson's Eastside.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Southern Arizona, effective until 11 a.m. Thursday. An earlier winter storm warning has been canceled. Read more»

A bald eagle is shown in flight in this undated Arizona Game and Fish Department photo. A state lawmaker is pushing for a broad range of protections for the eagle, which remains listed as a threatened species in Arizona.

Bald eagles need additional protection, especially preservation of their habitat, to survive in Arizona, a state lawmaker contends. "If we don't do something to protect their habitat, they will face extinction," said Rep. Ed Ableser. Read more»

In 27 years of Arizona living, I never found a single scorpion, centipede, tarantula, solpugid, vinegarroon, spider, wasp, roach, snake, lizard, arrowhead, or Ed Abbey disciple nesting in my shoe. Read more»

Site Soley school, Port-au-Prince

Looking do more to help victims of the Haitian earthquake? Come out to see some great local music at the Benefit for Haiti Reborn at Club Congress on Sunday. Read more»

Most people wouldn’t consider an earthquake to be an environmental issue. But while the tremors that shattered Haiti early this month have nothing to do with the island’s degradation, the extent of the suffering they unleashed is a direct result of the country’s ecological woes. Read more»

Wedding rings do not generally take the shape of tree rings. But wouldn't it be nice if they did? Can you imagine a wedding ring that kept track of the life of a marriage? And yet Zales R&D won't even return my calls. Read more»

Arizonans should beware scam artists who offer to repair storm damage, warns Attorney General Terry Goddard. Read more»

Some estimates put the annual number of humans bit by venomous snakes at 5.4 million, resulting in perhaps 125,000 deaths. The CDC reports that in the United States alone, 440,000 annual deaths are smoking-associated. It is unclear at this time how many of the snakebite-related fatalities are caused by smoking serpents. Read more»

Text 'Hait' to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross Haiti relief.

As a planet, we have become remarkably adept at response to natural disasters. Not only are nations pooling resources to work together to search, rescue, recover and rebuild, but we are doing so faster than ever before with greater success. Leave it to the technology geeks to further optimize that process. Read more»

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