Top Stories

Swimmers, Fishermen Warned to Avoid Some Beaches in U.S. Virgin Islands

Over the past few months, high bacteria levels have forced officials to warn swimmers and fishermen to stay away from several beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands, officials said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Effort to Save Massachusetts Lake Bogs Down

The weed came suddenly to Lake Cochituate, its feathery tentacles slithering along the lake floor, choking out native plants and thickening the water. >> Read the Full Article

New Pressures Threaten California Ecosystems

A proposal to send more water to Central Valley fields and Southern California neighborhoods could undermine ecological gains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, environmentalists say. >> Read the Full Article

France to Host Nuclear Fusion Project, Says EU Source

The European Union is confident of a deal on Tuesday for France to host a $12 billion global nuclear fusion project after Japan signalled it would give up its bid in return for compensation, an EU source said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

China Hopes to Flush Smelly Toilet Image

Beijing hopes the smelly reputation of its public restrooms will be, well, flushed down the toilet soon. City officials will use the 2004 World Toilet Summit, starting Nov. 17, to showcase efforts to transform the capital's lavatories from foul to fragrant, from crude to cultured. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Try to Save Largest Salamander

The population of North America's largest salamander is plummeting in Missouri and Arkansas, and scientists from five states met to consider how to prevent the creature's disappearance. >> Read the Full Article

Japan to Meet Kyoto Protocol Targets by Buying Rights to Pollute from Companies in 2006

Japan's government said Monday it will try to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions promised under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming by purchasing the right to pollute from Japanese companies. >> Read the Full Article

Eight Nations Find Arctic Warming Quickly

Scientists say changes in the earth's climate from human influences are occurring particularly intensely in the Arctic region, evidenced by widespread melting of glaciers, thinning sea ice and rising permafrost temperatures. >> Read the Full Article

Ohio Researcher Says Zinc Oxide's Future Bright -- as a Light Source

Researchers at Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base are investigating the amazing properties of a substance so common it is found in baby powder. >> Read the Full Article