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NASA Radar Plane Gauges Arctic Snow Layer
March 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

A radar-equipped NASA plane is flying low over the Arctic this week to measure the snow on top of sea ice, a finding with implications for polar bears and possibly humans, an ice scientist said this week.

Michigan Officials Seek Tough Clearing Rules
March 22, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Tighter restrictions should be imposed on clearing vegetation from Great Lakes shorelines because it alters water chemistry and damages fish habitat, state regulators said.

Colgate to Buy Majority Stake in Tom's of Maine
March 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Jessica Wohl, Reuters

Tom's of Maine, a big player in the small but growing natural personal products category, has agreed to be swallowed up by Colgate-Palmolive Co., the world's largest maker of toothpaste.

Group Backs Grizzlies on Endangered List
March 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

More than 250 scientists and researchers have signed a letter protesting a federal proposal to no longer protect grizzly bears in the Yellowstone area under the Endangered Species Act.

Climate Change Threatens to Hamper Development in Poorest Countries
March 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Droughts, floods, changing rain patterns and rising sea levels are threatening development in the world's poorest countries, experts and aid workers said Monday at an international water forum.

U.S. Nuclear Commission to Investigate Tritium Leaks at New York Nuclear Plant
March 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday that it will undertake a five-month investigation into several recent accidental releases of radioactive water at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

On Beyond Organic -- Springtime: Gardening & Backyard Farm Animals
March 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

When award-winning gardener and author Shepherd Ogden hears people claim that starting their own organic garden is too complicated, he has a quick reply. “I was an art major,” he says, “I didn’t have any training in this.”

Ethanol Industry Anticipates Summer Growing Pains
March 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Brad Foss, Associated Press

After a spurt of good fortune, the fledgling U.S. ethanol industry is anticipating some growing pains that could bring it unwanted attention this summer.

Amid Teflon Problems, DuPont Still Deals with Legacy of Benlate
March 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Randall Chase, Associated Press

While the DuPont Co. faces lawsuits in several states regarding the potential health risks of a key ingredient in producing Teflon, the company has yet to rid itself of the legal legacy of another controversial chemical.

Mexico's Mayan Underworld Proves Researchers' Dream
March 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Gaynor, Reuters

The ancient Maya once believed that Mexico's jungle sinkholes containing crystalline waters were the gateway to the underworld and the lair of a surly rain god who had to be appeased with human sacrifices.

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