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Seven Rare Whales Found Dead on New Zealand Beach

The carcasses of seven rare Gray's beaked whales have been found on an isolated northern New Zealand beach where they apparently were stranded, the Conservation Department said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Pols are Pushing Cleanup of Creek

Elected officials and environmental advocates are calling on Mayor Bloomberg to clean up toxic Newtown Creek -- whether the city wins the 2012 Olympics or not. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Say Removing All Radioactive Waste from Defense Sites Impractical

A significant amount of radioactive waste from Cold War bomb-making should remain at former production sites, and several locations should be kept open longer than planned to treat waste from elsewhere, scientists recommended Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel Chats with <i>Grist</i> about Climate Change

In 1997, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) led the fight against American ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. So some folks may be surprised to hear that he's recently stepped up as a leading Republican voice on climate change. He's just introduced three bills designed to spur innovation in clean technology and thereby reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. He chats with Amanda Griscom Little about how what looks like a change of heart really isn't -- on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Coastal Zone Growth Places Millions in Hazard Areas

More than half of all Americans live on or near the nation's coastal areas, and the number is growing, posing a challenge for emergency management officials in the event of hurricanes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, federal officials said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Army Publication: Israeli Military Causes Severe Environmental Damage

Bombs and shells from a seabed disposal site wash up on the Israeli shore, and precious fresh water is fouled with diesel fuel -- just two examples of severe environmental damage by Israel's military, according to one of the army's own publications. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Republicans Ready to Push Arctic Refuge Drilling Measure

A Senate showdown over an Alaska wildlife refuge is expected within weeks as Republicans plan to use a budget measure to overcome strong opposition to allowing oil drilling in the protected area. >> Read the Full Article

Thais Fight to Save Rare Fossil Bed from Miners

Thai conservationists urged the government on Wednesday to stop a state firm digging up what they called the world's only bed of fresh water snail fossils. >> Read the Full Article

Winds Trapping Pollutants, Solar Storms, Blamed for Arctic Ozone Loss

Ozone levels over the Earth's far north dipped sharply early last year when polar winds trapped nitrogen pollutants, researchers reported Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Panel Delays Emissions Vote Again

Sen. James Inhofe, chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, again delayed a panel vote on a Bush administration plan to cut utility air pollution Tuesday after four panel members asked for more data. >> Read the Full Article