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Umatilla, Oregon safety breach stalls burn of chemical weapons agent

Crews have temporarily quit burning chemical weapons at Umatilla's newly started incinerator after two workers walked through the wrong door -- into a room called the Toxic Cubicle. >> Read the Full Article

Expect the Unexpected in Antarctica

Rosemarie Keough almost died taking a penguin's picture. Camped on Antarctic sea ice with a small expedition of adventurers and photographers, she loaded film into three cameras and hiked a half-mile in a snowstorm to capture a colony of emperor penguins. >> Read the Full Article

Hydroponic Sea Oats Grown in Florida Panhandle to Save Energy

Thousands of sea oats, so vital for preventing coastal erosion, are being raised in this rural Florida Panhandle community more than 30 miles from the nearest beach and without a speck of sand. >> Read the Full Article

If There Ever Was a Time for Composting, It Is Now

If there ever was a time for composting, it is now. Backyards are overflowing with old plant material, stuff once foolishly called "garbage:" old stems, leaves, and flowers from the garden; kitchen trimmings; leaves from trees. >> Read the Full Article

Resistant Bacteria and Mercury Threaten the Great Lakes and Human Health, Report Says

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, airborne mercury, and urban sprawl are threatening the health of the Great Lakes and millions of people who live around them, a report to the Canadian and U.S. governments concluded this week. >> Read the Full Article

Only in Nevada Is Bush's Record on Environment Likely to Be a Decisive Issue

For environmentalists hoping to turn anger at President Bush into electoral votes for John Kerry, the biggest and perhaps only field of dreams is a nuclear waste dump site in Nevada. >> Read the Full Article

Dark Future for White Animals in Arctic

Ideal for an Ice Age, white fur used as camouflage by animals from polar bears to Arctic foxes may be going out of fashion because of global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Colorado Sand Dunes to Become Newest National Park

Colorado became home to the country's newest national park when Interior Secretary Gale Norton officially reclassified the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. >> Read the Full Article

Spreading Slums May Boost Extremism, Says U.N. Agency

Extremism is likely to flourish in the world's rapidly spreading slums if governments do not tackle the poverty that fuels it, a senior United Nations official said at the start of a forum on urban life this week. >> Read the Full Article

Israel's Red Sea Fishery Is Killing Coral Reef, Scientists Say

A panel of experts from Israel and abroad urged the government this week to immediately halt fish farming in Israel's Red Sea coastal waters, saying pollution from the fish cages is killing off a unique coral reef. >> Read the Full Article