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Avoiding Health Risks from PBDEs

(By Joyce H. Newman) After widespread media coverage of the potentially toxic levels of the chemical, PDBE, recently measured in breast milk, in farmed salmon, and other fatty foods, we learned for the first time that American women hold the frightening distinction of having the highest levels of PBDEs in the world. In fact, according to recent estimates, women in the U.S. have as much as 10 times to 100 times the levels of women in Europe. >> Read the Full Article

California Farmers Say Relief is Needed to Save Family Farms

Edwin Camp has spent most of his life working on the family farm, tending potatoes, carrots and grapes in California's fertile Central Valley -- famously known as "America's salad bowl." But in recent years, he has logged less time in the fields and more days politicking against what he calls stringent labor and environmental laws threatening family farms. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Virgin Islands Government Sues Oil Refinery, Alumina Plant for Damaging Environment

The U.S. Virgin Islands filed suit Wednesday suing the Western Hemisphere's second largest oil refinery and a defunct alumina plant for allegedly releasing pollutants that tainted the groundwater and marine and coastal resources on St. Croix island. >> Read the Full Article

MIT Looks to Help Solve World's Energy Woes

The amount of energy-related work at MIT could double over the next five years as the institute mounts a research effort to address the world's growing energy problems. The program comes at a time when energy demand and consumption are surging globally as China, India, and other developing countries build industrial economies. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Nudge Fish Closer to Extinction

Scientists trying to study the endangered Devils Hole pupfish near Death Valley inadvertently nudged the endangered fish closer to extinction. >> Read the Full Article

Editorial: Ethanol Use as Fuel is Burning Money

Popular or not, ethanol use as fuel is burning money. This won't be a popular position here in the Corn Belt, but I don't see any sense in requiring motorists to burn ethanol. >> Read the Full Article

Montana to Fight Spread of Noxious Weeds

They infest a portion of Montana the size of Florida and Arkansas combined, and go by names like tansy ragwort, yellow toadflax and houndstongue. One species, knapweed, takes an estimated $42 million economic toll on the state every year. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Proposes Allowing Fish Farming up to 200 Miles off Coasts

The Bush administration, seeking to tap into one of the world's fastest-growing food industries, wants to allow fish farming up to 200 miles off the nation's coasts. Citing pilot projects off New Hampshire, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the administration said Tuesday it was sending a bill to Congress to establish regulations for fish farming, known as aquaculture. >> Read the Full Article

Families to Donate Land to Park District

Weston Cook wanted to leave the city behind and build a country home with plenty of elbow room for his children to roam. He and four other families bought 216 acres south of Brentwood five years ago, but hit a wall of opposition as conservationists and wildlife regulators balked at letting five homes sprawl over so much prime habitat for rare frogs, salamanders and other grassland survivors. >> Read the Full Article

World Scientists Say Humans Causing Global Warming

Scientists, including from the United States and China, threw down the gauntlet to world leaders on Tuesday saying mankind was the major source of global warming and urging action, one month ahead of a G8 summit. >> Read the Full Article