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Japan Quake Causes Radioactive Water Spill from Spent Fuel Storage Pools; No Leakage Outside

Water containing small amounts of radiation spilled out of spent fuel storage pools at two nuclear power plants in northern Japan when a powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook the region, the plants' operator said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Uruguay's President Says Pulp Mills Will Be Built Near Argentine Border

Uruguay's visiting president said Wednesday he would not block construction of two wood chip processing factories near the Argentine border, despite environmental concerns. >> Read the Full Article

Dinosaur-Era Tree Set for First Auction Sale

Saplings of a giant tree that was a snack for dinosaurs and was believed to also be extinct until a chance discovery in Australia will be offered for sale to the public next month for the first time. >> Read the Full Article

Commission Votes to Cap Annual Catch of Menhaden Fish in Chesapeake

Concerned about potential overharvesting, a regional commission has voted to limit the catch of a small but ecologically important fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Wednesday's vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission would curtail the annual menhaden catch in the bay to 106,000 metric tons for five years beginning in 2006. >> Read the Full Article

Explorer Says Preserving African Resources Key to Relieving Continent's Poverty

Preserving African resources should be a priority for world leaders trying to pull Africans from poverty, an explorer said after recently flying around the continent taking pictures of the land. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: Triple Bottom Line

An emerging term in the business world is the "triple bottom line." Just what is the triple bottom line? EarthNews Radio host Jerry Kay finds out the answer. >> Read the Full Article

Experts Say Pocket Gopher Near Extinction

Can the pocket gopher be saved? The rodent, a secretive animal that usually goes unnoticed underground, is near extinction in south Georgia, biologists say. They're starting a new push to save the creature ecologists say does important work providing habitat for other animals and aerating the soil. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Senators Say Global Warming Obvious in Far North

Fresh from visits to Canada's Yukon Territory and Alaska's northernmost city, four U.S. senators said Wednesday that signs of rising temperatures on Earth are obvious and they called on Congress to act. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Seek Better Electronics Recycling

Toxic waste from computers, TVs and other electronic devices discarded in the United States and dismantled in China and India is an even more severe problem than previously feared, according to environmental groups that seek better recycling programs. >> Read the Full Article

Group Wants to Transplant African Animals

Lions stalking deer in the stubble of a Nebraska corn field. Elephants trumpeting across Colorado's high plains. Prominent ecologists are floating an audacious plan that sounds like a "Jumanji" sequel -- transplant African wildlife to the Great Plains of North America. >> Read the Full Article