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Salvage Team Reaches Wreck of Alaska Freighter; Ship Leaking Oil Badly

An oil spill in the heart of an Alaska wildlife refuge may not be as big as initially feared, but the harsh weather that first cracked a freighter in half still threatens to unleash thousands more gallons of viscous oil. >> Read the Full Article

Sacramento, Calif., Homeowners in 'Zero Energy Homes' Cheer Low Utility Bills

Micah Van Der Kamp of Sacramento looks forward to his monthly electric bill. >> Read the Full Article

Linthicum Heights, Md.-Based Coal Producer Starts Trading its Shares

Linthicum Heights-based Foundation Coal Holdings Inc., the nation's fourth-largest coal producer, began trading its shares yesterday, becoming the newest publicly traded company in a state better known for its strengths in biotechnology, technology and financial services. >> Read the Full Article

Notes from Anna: Without Labels

Christo and Jeanne-Claude believe that "labels are very important, but for bottles of wine, not for artists." You may already know Christo and Jeanne-Claude by their large-scale temporary environmental works, like Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, or Surrounded Islands in Miami, Florida. >> Read the Full Article

Shrimp Imports Tightened to Save Turtles

Sea turtles stand to gain protection from accidental killings through a new federal policy announced Thursday to require stricter documentation on imports of shrimp and shrimp products. >> Read the Full Article

California Regulators Agree to Require Diesel Emission Upgrades

Air pollution regulators approved mandatory requirements Thursday to clean up illegal diesel engines, a move made in frustration with the failure of a voluntary plan backed by the trucking industry. >> Read the Full Article

Major Fuel Spill Reported at Site of Broken, Grounded Freighter; Six Crew Still Missing

A major spill of dense, viscous fuel from a freighter that ran aground was menacing sensitive wildlife habitat in the Aleutian Islands, but finding the six crew members lost at sea remained a priority -- despite their diminishing odds for survival. >> Read the Full Article

Study: Wild Monkeys Resort to Use of Tools

Wild South American monkeys routinely use fist-sized rocks to crack open seeds and to dig in dry Brazilian soil for grubs and edible tubers, researchers report in the journal Science. >> Read the Full Article

Government Relying on Industry to Protect Water Supplies

The Environmental Protection Agency issued new voluntary guidelines Thursday that rely on industry to secure drinking water and wastewater treatment plants against attack. >> Read the Full Article

To the Beat of Drums, African Woman Receives Nobel Peace Prize

The first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, environmental activist Wangari Maathai, received her award Friday to the beat of drums and dancers that broke with the usual stodgy ceremony, and she urged her audience "to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder." >> Read the Full Article