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Rocky Mountain Front in Montana Won't Be Drilled for Years, Says Interior Department

A top Interior Department official said recently that the Bush administration will put the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana off limits to oil and gas development for at least the next four years, until a study of the rugged area is completed. >> Read the Full Article

Denmark to Claim North Pole, Hopes to Strike Oil

Denmark aims to claim the North Pole and hunt for oil in high Arctic regions that may become more accessible because of global warming, the Science Ministry said recently. >> Read the Full Article

Green Partying

In 1989, at a pub called the Slug and Lettuce in Northern London, Edwin Datschefski was sitting with several of his green design colleagues when he noticed an enviro-minded acquaintance at a nearby table. As it turned out, the friend was sitting with a few of his eco-conscious mates, so they pulled some tables together. And so a movement was born. >> Read the Full Article

The Sound Princess: Gadget Helps Bathroom-Bashful Japanese Women

When Naoko Ito uses a public bathroom, she cringes in embarrassment at the thought that other patrons can hear the sounds coming from her stall. That's when she turns to the Sound Princess. >> Read the Full Article

Lead Contamination Is a Serious Problem in Dozens of Drinking-Water Systems, Says Newspaper

Dozens of the nation's largest drinking water utilities have tried to hide lead contamination and failed to correct problems, it was reported recently. >> Read the Full Article

Firm Proposes West Texas as Nuclear Waste Site

A Dallas-based company wants to dispose of tons of uranium waste in far West Texas, a move critics say could make the state a dumping ground for the nation's radioactive waste. >> Read the Full Article

New Ideas Propel the Alternative Hybrid Cars to Mainstream

While they are still derided by some as an uneconomical fad, gasoline-electric hybrid cars and light trucks are proliferating —and their sales volumes are growing, too. >> Read the Full Article

Legislative Bid to Bar Nuclear Waste in Utah Fails

A bid to block nuclear waste from being stored on the Skull Valley Indian Reservation failed late Thursday as senators objected to its inclusion in a sweeping defense bill. >> Read the Full Article

L.A.'s Waste May Wind up in San Diego County if Proposal Goes Through

Garbage from trash cans in Los Angeles could face a 100-mile commute to a North County landfill if the city accepts one of five waste-hauling proposals submitted this summer. >> Read the Full Article

Puerto Rico Water Authority Strike Blamed for Service Loss to 20,000 Customers

More than 20,000 customers did not have water Thursday because of a strike by water authority workers, while the FBI said that at least two criminal acts against water facilities have been brought to their attention, officials said. >> Read the Full Article