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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.

Humans Spur Worst Extinctions Since Dinosaurs
March 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Humans are responsible for the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs and must make unprecedented extra efforts to reach a goal of slowing losses by 2010, a U.N. report said on Monday.

Kenyan Sees Natural Link of Environment, Women's Rights
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Allan Brettman, The Oregonian

For Wangari Maathai, a life of curiosity and activism began by stirring up mysterious tiny orbs in a stream near her childhood home in Kenya.

Eagle Lays First Egg in 50 Yrs on Santa Cruz
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

For the first time in more than 50 years, an eagle has laid an egg in a nest on Santa Cruz Island, wildlife biologists announced.

China to Boost Coal Output to Record Levels Despite Environmental Worries
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China plans to boost coal output by up to 18 percent before 2010 to meet soaring energy needs despite environmental concerns, a government newspaper quoted an industry official as saying.

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