Tuesday, March 17, 2009

World Hates Bush, Loves Obama's Vine

A protester with thrown shoes (R) confronts the business community outside the convention center where former U.S President George Bush was making a speech in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Reuters/Todd Korol).

Protester dressed as a prisoner chants slogans outside the venue where former U.S. President George W. Bush was speaking to an invited audience of Calgary businessmen today (3/17/09). The event was Bush's first speaking engagement since leaving office in January (AP/Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press).

Rare Molokai vine found only on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Phyllostegia hispida, has been declared an endangered species. It is the second species to be declared endangered under the Obama administration (AP/Hank Oppenheimer, Plant Extinction Prevention Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

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HONOLULU – A rare Hawaii vine has been added to the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. It's the second species to be classified as endangered by the Obama administration....

The Hawaii plant is found only in the wet forests on the island of Molokai, 2,300 to 4,200 feet above sea level. The green vine's loosely spreading branches often tangle in a large mass.

The vine doesn't have a common name, and is known only by its scientific name of Phyllostegia hispida.

...Hawaii has 329 federally protected endangered species, more than any other state. More>>

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