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Washington Scientists Study Whether Whale Watching Poses Threat to Orcas

Killer whales get the superstar treatment every summer off the Washington coast, where tourists fill up whale-watching boats to catch a glimpse of the majestic animals. Now, researchers are studying whether all the attention could be a bad thing. >> Read the Full Article

Canada Blocks Asbestos Type from Global Toxic List

Canada has blocked the addition of a carcinogenic type of asbestos to a global list of toxic chemicals, a move that environmentalists said could undermine efforts to protect people and the environment. >> Read the Full Article

Governors Worry Proposed Ocean Trust Fund Might Spur More Offshore Drilling

A presidential commission has modified its proposal for a trust fund that would use up to $4 billion in annual offshore oil and gas royalties to safeguard oceans and coastal areas. The change was to answer governors' fears the idea might spur more drilling off their coasts. >> Read the Full Article

Slowly but Surely Asia Switches on to Green Power

Rising oil prices and pollution are fueling interest in green power in Asia, but experts see no prospect of a rapid switch from the region's growing dependence on oil, coal, and gas. The problem is the high cost of renewable energy projects such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels; a lack of government incentives; and vested interests who believe green power is not viable or a threat to their wallets. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Warns of Malnutrition in Flood-Hit Bangladesh

Bangladeshi children and women face acute malnutrition after the worst floods in 15 years swept the impoverished country, the United Nations has warned. >> Read the Full Article

Death Toll Rises to 691 in Haiti; Hundreds Left Homeless

Blood swirled in knee-deep floodwaters as workers stacked bodies outside the hospital morgue Tuesday. Carcasses of pigs, goats, and dogs and pieces of smashed furniture floated in muddy streams that once were the streets of this battered city. >> Read the Full Article

California may issue greenhouse-gas order to automakers

California is expected this week to order automakers to cut "greenhouse gases" from passenger cars, trucks and SUVs, becoming the first state in the nation to try to combat global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Dead Whale Washes Up in Rio

A dead whale washed up on a tourist beach in Rio, the latest in a series of recent unexplained whale deaths on Brazil's southeastern coast. >> Read the Full Article

House Bill Would Guarantee Pack Animal Access to Public Lands

Seeking to head off environmental groups that want to limit access to federal lands, House lawmakers won approval Tuesday of legislation to assure that people can continue to use pack and saddle animals in their visits to parks and wilderness areas. >> Read the Full Article

Residents' Lawsuit to Block Nuclear Fuel-Reprocessing Plant Reviewed by Japanese Court

An appeals court recently began reviewing a lawsuit filed by residents in northern Japan who are opposed to a government-backed program to reprocess radioactive waste at a plant nearby, a lawyer said. >> Read the Full Article