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NRC Chairman Says U.S. Needs 100 New Nuclear Power Plants across Country

The United States needs to add about 100 nuclear power plants over the next two decades to meet burgeoning demand for electric power and maintain the current generating mix, Nils J. Diaz, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission told reporters. >> Read the Full Article

Small Oil Company Touts Potentially Huge Discovery, Analysts Skeptical

A tiny oil company has snapped up leasing rights to a half-million acres in central Utah that it says could yield a billion barrels or more of oil. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: Organic Beauty Products

Many websites are now touting beauty products that are "organic." But some of these companies' offerings are loaded with chemicals, and the consumer has to check the veracity the "organic" claims. >> Read the Full Article

Soybean Growers Brace for Insect Outbreak

Farmers are bracing for what researchers predict will be the return of an insect that attacks soybeans in the Midwest, where most of the crop is grown. >> Read the Full Article

Ask Umbra: This Mortal Soil

Ah, spring is in the air. Or is that smog? Whatever the aroma, it causes one reader to wonder about the environmental impacts of mulching one's garden. Green advice guru Umbra Fisk is a veritable horn of plenty on the topic. Get her advice on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Myanmar Issues Regulations to Save Decimated Marine Turtle Population

Eating the meat and eggs of turtles will no longer be allowed under a package of regulations issued by the Myanmar government to save the country's decimated population of marine turtles, a state-run newspaper said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Beached Dolphins Released into Waters off Florida

Seven stranded rough-toothed dolphins swam to freedom 14 miles offshore in the Florida Straits Tuesday as rescue volunteers released them back into deep waters after two months of rehabilitation. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Energy Chief Wants Global Push for 'Clean Coal'

U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman called for more international efforts to develop coal as an alternative energy source as ministers met Tuesday to address concerns over the future of the world's energy supplies. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Zoo Considers Using Animal Waste as Energy Source

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking to become the first zoo in the nation to be powered by its own animal waste -- particularly the prodigious piles produced by its pachyderms. >> Read the Full Article

Early Alaska Wildfire Sparks Fears of Tough Season

Alaska's wildfire season got off to an early start this year with more than 4,800 acres of spruce forest ablaze Tuesday, and authorities warned low water levels and high temperatures could mean a tough fire season ahead for the western United States. >> Read the Full Article