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Notes from Anna: Waiting for the Aurora

What do you do with short days and long evenings, once winter begins in the North? Now that December is here, I decided to search across America for new ways to discover beauty under scarce winter light. >> Read the Full Article

Urine Trouble: On Cat-Pee Stains and Dry Cleaning

Your (once-)beloved feline has urinated on your comforter, which is marked -- gasp! -- "dry clean only." All good enviros know that dry cleaning is a toxic affair, but then, all be-nosed persons know that cat pee isn't a smell one can simply live with. Today in Grist: Getting the cat-pee smell out of your washables. >> Read the Full Article

Plant Suspends Fertilizer Operations Near Las Cruces, N.M.

Recurring concerns by Mesquite residents over possible ground water contamination and unhealthy air from a nearby chemical company have drawn a suspension order from the New Mexico Environment Department, according to a letter the department sent to State Rep. Joseph Cervantes. >> Read the Full Article

Pennsylvania Denies Company's Request to Resume Washington County Mining

Citing the threat of immediate environmental harm, the state Environmental Hearing Board has denied a mining company's request to resume longwall mining under a tributary of Maple Creek in Washington County. >> Read the Full Article

Wind, Solar Power Would Boost New Jersey Economy, Study Says

A proposed renewable energy program would cost New Jersey homeowners as little as $5 a year and provide economic and health benefits to the state, a Rutgers University study has found. >> Read the Full Article

Future Uncertain for Rare Hawaiian Bird

One of Earth's rarest birds might have gone into extinction following the death of one of the last known po'ouli. >> Read the Full Article

Decades of Illegal Logging Blamed for High Death Toll in Philippine Storm

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Wednesday ordered the military and police to crack down on illegal logging, after flash floods and landslides triggered by rampant deforestation killed nearly 340 people this week. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Virgin Island Fishermen Voice Concerns about Proposed Ban on Fishing of Several Species

Local fishermen met with federal regulators Tuesday night to discuss their concerns about proposed bans on the fishing of several popular species. >> Read the Full Article

Christmas Complaints Miss the Point

It started over a month ago -- even before Halloween. The television commercials, the flyers in the mail, the decorations in the mall. Christmas is now a two-month event -- one long blowout sale. >> Read the Full Article

Japanese Aid to Smaller Nations Coincides with Whaling Votes

The only whales seen in Nicaragua are the ones that wash up occasionally on the Pacific beaches. The country has no whaling fleet, no tradition of whaling and certainly no market for whale blubber. >> Read the Full Article