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Interior Secretary Orders Utah Rivers Protected from New Mining Claims

Interior Secretary Gail Norton approved an order recently that prohibits mining companies from making claims on nearly 200 miles of scenic rivers in southeastern Utah. >> Read the Full Article

The Truth About Garbage

Ashes to ashes: The cycle of life returns human bodies to the soil, where they decompose and eventually return to new life as a tulip or perhaps as an apple (unless they've been embalmed, but that's another story). >> Read the Full Article

Captain and First Mate of Uruguayan Fishing Boat Are Fined for Poaching Chilean Sea Bass

The captain and first mate of a Uruguayan fishing boat were fined 30,000 Australian dollars (US$20,700; euro 17,000) each recently, after pleading guilty to poaching prized Chilean sea bass from Australian waters. >> Read the Full Article

Green Meeting in Brazil to Propose Environmental Court

A meeting this week sponsored by major energy companies will propose creating an international court to assess and punish environmental crimes, organizers said. >> Read the Full Article

Stronger Ivan Eyes Cuba After Slamming Caymans

Hurricane Ivan, leaving a trail of battered islands and at least 68 dead in a rampage across the Caribbean, churned closer to Cuba Monday with 160-mph winds, on a path that could take it to U.S. shores. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: Is There a Connection Between Environmental Toxins and Breast Cancer?

More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States, and 20 percent are likely to die from it. Breast cancers among women have climbed steadily in the United States and other industrialized nations since the 1940s. >> Read the Full Article

Riverside, CA area drivers have fourth-longest average commute in U.S.

Drive times have increased for Riverside commuters who trail only New York, Chicago and Newark for time spent on the road, new census data shows. >> Read the Full Article

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. plans to build China's biggest methanol plant

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. is planning to build with a Chinese chemical company a methanol plant in Chongqing, which will have the biggest production capacity in China, company officials said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Agency to Study Environment in Iraq

Scientists will begin investigating environmental "hot spots" in Iraq as part of a long-term strategy to clean up the country after ten years of war and instability, the U.N. Environment Program said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

ChevronTexaco sells share of Thai exploration block to Mitsui

An affiliate of U.S. oil company ChevronTexaco announced Monday it will sell a share of an offshore oil exploration block in the Gulf of Thailand to Japan's Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. >> Read the Full Article