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Radioactive Cesium Leaks into Baltic from Swedish Nuclear Plant, No Risk to Public

Radioactive cesium has leaked into the Baltic Sea from storage tanks at a nuclear power plant in central Sweden, but poses no risk to the public or the environment, the state nuclear authority said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

India, Pakistan Fail to Resolve Differences over Disputed Water Project

India and Pakistan failed Wednesday to resolve their differences over New Delhi's plan to build a dam that Pakistan fears will deprive its farmers of vital water supplies. >> Read the Full Article

Government Scientist Denies Falsifying Yucca Mountain Data

A scientist at the center of a controversy over potential falsification of documents about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump insisted before Congress on Wednesday that he did not alter paperwork on the project. >> Read the Full Article

Panel Affirms Radiation Link to Cancer

The preponderance of scientific evidence shows that even very low doses of radiation pose a risk of cancer or other health problems and there is no threshold below which exposure can be viewed as harmless, a panel of prominent scientists concluded Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Ireland's Capital Running Out of Space for Its Garbage, Dublin City Council Says

Ireland's capital will export its garbage because it's running out of landfill space and a new incinerator faces years of procedural delays, according to the Dublin City Council's senior waste management official. >> Read the Full Article

Canada's Mosquito Capital Seeks More Dragonflies

A Canadian city, besieged by voracious mosquitoes each summer, is trying to boost its dragonfly ranks amid hopes the larger flying insect will eat up the smaller blood-sucking pest. >> Read the Full Article

Warming May Harm Africa's Sand Dune Fields

Global warming could have a major impact on Africa's southern sand dune systems, spreading desert-like conditions and destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people before the end of the century, new research warns. >> Read the Full Article

Central California Fig Growers Fool Wasps to Grow Fruit

When it comes to frustration, it would be hard to top the experience of a tiny wasp responsible for the production of what some say is the nation's tastiest fig. For decades, growers of figs in the Valley have been tricking the wasp and fooling Mother Nature in order to pollinate the flowers -- which are inside, not outside -- a certain variety of fig. >> Read the Full Article

Review Board Finds EPA Downplayed Potential Risks of Chemical Used for Teflon

A controversial chemical used by DuPont Co. to make the nonstick substance Teflon poses more of a cancer risk than indicated in a draft assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency, an independent review board has found. >> Read the Full Article

Reform Badly Needed in Fisheries Department -- A Guest Commentary

The Economist magazine is not exactly known for having a particularly green image. So when the magazine turns its gaze to issues of environmental conservation, you can bet that there is either a serious environmental problem or a real political mess somewhere. In the case of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), it's both. >> Read the Full Article