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Workers Try to Contain Oil from Sunken Tanker in Chicago Canal

A day after a barge exploded and sank in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, authorities suspended their search for a missing crew member and worked to contain the viscous petroleum byproduct that oozed from the wreckage. >> Read the Full Article

Maine Forestlands in Times of Change

Maine's North Woods are in a time of transition with huge swaths of land changing hands almost weekly, paper mills struggling to survive in a new global market, and multimillion-dollar homes being constructed inside a vast wilderness. >> Read the Full Article

Hiding Bycatch Nets a Big Fine

A Seattle-based commercial fishing company has pleaded guilty and been ordered to pay $500,000 in penalties for illegally disposing of halibut while catching other types of fish off Alaska. >> Read the Full Article

Farm Teen Reaps State Energy Grant

Charlie Andersen was noodling around with the idea of growing corn on his family's farm in Charlestown Township and converting it to fuel. He figured the fuel could be used for heating a greenhouse-type structure called a hoophouse. Or for running the tractor. >> Read the Full Article

Puget Sound Environmental Report Yields Mixed Results

Many of Puget Sound's declining herring populations have rebounded, the acres covered by the invasive grass spartina are half what they were a few years ago and sites once contaminated with heavy metals are slowly being cleaned up, according to a biennial report by the state on Puget Sound's health. >> Read the Full Article

The Final (Probably) Word on Plastics from Umbra

Readers remain atwitter over kitchen plastics, about which eco-advice guru Umbra Fisk admits to having been less than perfectly clear in the past. To find out which plastics are OK, which aren't, and why avoiding them all might be the simplest answer, pop the top off of Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Canada Can Learn from California

To mandate or not to mandate, that is the question. At least, that is the question Canada's environment minister, Stéphan Dion, is asking in regards to fuel efficiency standards for new cars sold in Canada. >> Read the Full Article

Nuclear Power Makes a Comeback

Decades after it was written off as a costly failure, the nuclear power industry is being revived with plans for new reactors in Illinois and other states. Utilities are considering building or restarting up to eight reactors in Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, and Idaho, as well as in Illinois. >> Read the Full Article

Notes from Anna: The Mailroom as Landscape

I am immensely grateful to those of you who took the time to respond to "Notes" and enlarge the discussion of environmentalism and culture that has begun to take shape on this page. I see the goal of this column as facilitating the discourse that already goes on in the environmental community, as it became clear to me from the last week's e-mail. >> Read the Full Article

Congo Police, Army Accused of Elephant Poaching

Congo's police and fractious army have been accused of involvement in rampant elephant poaching that threatens to wipe them out from a world heritage site in the east of the former Zaire, a new study has warned. >> Read the Full Article