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Radioactive Cesium Leaks into Baltic from Swedish Nuclear Plant, No Risk to Public
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Radioactive cesium has leaked into the Baltic Sea from storage tanks at a nuclear power plant in central Sweden, but poses no risk to the public or the environment, the state nuclear authority said Wednesday.

India, Pakistan Fail to Resolve Differences over Disputed Water Project
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

India and Pakistan failed Wednesday to resolve their differences over New Delhi's plan to build a dam that Pakistan fears will deprive its farmers of vital water supplies.

Government Scientist Denies Falsifying Yucca Mountain Data
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

A scientist at the center of a controversy over potential falsification of documents about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump insisted before Congress on Wednesday that he did not alter paperwork on the project.

Panel Affirms Radiation Link to Cancer
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The preponderance of scientific evidence shows that even very low doses of radiation pose a risk of cancer or other health problems and there is no threshold below which exposure can be viewed as harmless, a panel of prominent scientists concluded Wednesday.

Ireland's Capital Running Out of Space for Its Garbage, Dublin City Council Says
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Ireland's capital will export its garbage because it's running out of landfill space and a new incinerator faces years of procedural delays, according to the Dublin City Council's senior waste management official.

Canada's Mosquito Capital Seeks More Dragonflies
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Canadian city, besieged by voracious mosquitoes each summer, is trying to boost its dragonfly ranks amid hopes the larger flying insect will eat up the smaller blood-sucking pest.

Warming May Harm Africa's Sand Dune Fields
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press

Global warming could have a major impact on Africa's southern sand dune systems, spreading desert-like conditions and destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people before the end of the century, new research warns.

Central California Fig Growers Fool Wasps to Grow Fruit
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Dennis Pollock, The Fresno Bee

When it comes to frustration, it would be hard to top the experience of a tiny wasp responsible for the production of what some say is the nation's tastiest fig. For decades, growers of figs in the Valley have been tricking the wasp and fooling Mother Nature in order to pollinate the flowers -- which are inside, not outside -- a certain variety of fig.

Review Board Finds EPA Downplayed Potential Risks of Chemical Used for Teflon
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Randall Chase, Associated Press

A controversial chemical used by DuPont Co. to make the nonstick substance Teflon poses more of a cancer risk than indicated in a draft assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency, an independent review board has found.

Reform Badly Needed in Fisheries Department -- A Guest Commentary
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

The Economist magazine is not exactly known for having a particularly green image. So when the magazine turns its gaze to issues of environmental conservation, you can bet that there is either a serious environmental problem or a real political mess somewhere. In the case of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), it's both.

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