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DOE Cleanup Chief Tours Nuclear Reservation

The Department of Energy still is evaluating its options on Initiative 297, said Paul Golan, DOE's acting assistant secretary for environmental management, last week. >> Read the Full Article

New Galveston, Texas, Center Offers a Glimpse of Gulf's Ecosystem

It's less than a mile long and takes no more than an hour to traverse, but within that span, visitors to the new Wetlands Center can experience some of the variety of Texas' Gulf coast. >> Read the Full Article

More Than 60 Nations to Protect Sharks

More than 60 countries agreed Sunday to ban the killing of sharks for their fins in the Atlantic Ocean, a move that conservationists hope will increase protection of threatened species around the world. >> Read the Full Article

Asian CEOs Warned of Threat from Climate Change

More severe tropical cyclones, heatwaves and a dramatic shift in rainfall patterns could batter Asia by the end of the century as its factories boom, a leading climate expert told Asian chief executives on Friday. >> Read the Full Article

As Ice Thaws, Arctic Peoples at Loss for Words

What are the words used by indigenous peoples in the Arctic for "hornet," "robin," "elk," "barn owl" or "salmon?" If you don't know, you're not alone. >> Read the Full Article

San Francisco Mulls Ban of Beloved Zoo Elephants

San Francisco officials pondered Thursday whether to stop keeping elephants in the city's zoo as activists pushed for a ban amid concerns about their conditions in captivity. >> Read the Full Article

Religion Can Be Powerful Tool for Protecting Ecology, Environmentalists Say

Religion can be used to mobilize people to protect the environment because spirituality is closely linked to nature, members of a panel on faith-based conservation said last week. >> Read the Full Article

North Dakota Experimental Forest a Surprise Success

A small forest that took root as an experiment some 70 years ago remains a largely overlooked oddity in a state known as the least-forested in the nation. But it has helped grow jobs and sprout millions of seedlings far beyond North Dakota. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra on Whether to Buy Your Sparkling Water at Wal-Mart

With the busiest shopping day of the year coming this Friday, Grist thinks it knows what's on your mind: globalization, the race to the bottom, sprawl, and low, low prices! OK, maybe not. But that's what's on Umbra's mind. A reader writes in asking what's wrong with a certain store that begins with "Wal" and ends in "Mart," and Umbra tells it like it is. (Hint: plenty.) Get the skinny on where not to buy your holiday gifts -- today on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Congress OKs Funding for University of North Dakota Fuel-Cell Research Center

UND is one step closer to housing a $3 million hydrogen fuel cell research center. >> Read the Full Article