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Lawsuit Alleges DuPont Contamination of N.J. Drinking Water

Drinking water supplies near a DuPont facility in New Jersey have been contaminated with chemicals, including a suspected carcinogen used in the production of Teflon, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Fossil Suggests Snakes Evolved on Land

A fossil find in Argentina has revealed a two-legged creature that's the most primitive snake known, a discovery that promises to fire up the scientific debate about whether snakes evolved on land or in the sea. >> Read the Full Article

Argentina Urges Foreign Role in Paper Mill Dispute

Argentine President Nestor Kirchner urged all sides Wednesday to try to resolve a dispute over two paper mills being built in neighboring Uruguay that have raised environmental concerns. >> Read the Full Article

Community and Trade -- A Guest Commentary

“Cap and trade” has become the rallying cry for many environmentalists seeking a solution to global climate change. Under a cap and trade approach, limits would be imposed on the amount of greenhouse gases a polluter can emit. >> Read the Full Article

California Biologists Find Finches Ailing

A bacterialike disease that can cause blindness in birds has been detected for the first time in wild finches in California, the state Department of Fish and Game said. >> Read the Full Article

Tiny Reactor Boosts Biodiesel Production

A tiny chemical reactor that can convert vegetable oil directly into biodiesel could help farmers turn some of their crops into homegrown fuel to operate agricultural equipment instead of relying on costly imported oil. >> Read the Full Article

Former Exxon Boss Says Critics 'Don't Understand' Oil

In a speech this week, combative former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond blasted politicians, the U.S. car industry, Wall Street, environmentalists and other critics of the oil industry for what he said was their failure to understand the nature of the energy business. >> Read the Full Article

Act Now on Climate Change, Scientists Urge Canada

Unless Canada's new government moves quickly to tackle global warming the country's economy and quality of life will increasingly suffer in decades to come, 90 top environmental experts told Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an open letter. >> Read the Full Article

Most Portugal Wildlife under Threat, Study Says

More than half of Portugal's bird, animal and fish species face some degree of threat, mostly from human action, according to a government study released on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Community and Trade

(By Steven J. Moss) “Cap and trade” has become the rallying cry for many environmentalists seeking a solution to global climate change. Under a cap and trade approach, which is already widely employed as part of traditional air quality programs, limits would be imposed on the amount of greenhouse gases a polluter can emit. >> Read the Full Article