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U.S. Research Ship Pays US$2 Million Fine for Reef Damage

Mexico announced Monday that a U.S. research ship has paid a fine of 2,221,720 pesos (US$20 million, euro15 million) for having run aground on a coral reef and damaged it. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra on Avoiding Unsightly Bathroom Mold

A reader inquiry about removing bathroom mold without toxic chemicals sends Umbra on a cleaner-testing jag, squirting this and that all over the Grist Test Bathroom. The things she does for you people! Find out the results and get lectured on the benefits of planning ahead -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Mercury Damage to Babies Costs Billions, Study Says

Lower IQ levels linked to mercury exposure in the womb costs the United States $8.7 billion a year in lost earnings potential, according to a study released Monday by researchers at a New York hospital. >> Read the Full Article

Judge Approves $107.6 Million Settlement against DuPont over Alleged Poisoning of Water

A judge Monday approved a $107.6 million (euro81.16 million) settlement of a class-action lawsuit against DuPont Co. in which residents alleged that a chemical used in making the nonstick substance Teflon contaminated their water supplies. >> Read the Full Article

Traders Gather for Conference on the World's Newest Trading Commodity: Pollution

With trade booming and prices up, it's no wonder traders are anxious to talk about the world's latest commodity: pollution permits. >> Read the Full Article

Greenpeace Urges World Bank, ADB to Shift Funding to Renewable Energy

Greenpeace on Tuesday urged international funding agencies such as the World Bank to shift financing from large-scale, fossil-fuel projects to renewable energy to help stop global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Tiny Trees Spur New Growth in Industry

A question is humming around the edges of the Oregon Logging Conference this week, like the distant sound of a chain saw bucking firewood. >> Read the Full Article

North Carolina Oyster-Growing Project to be Permitted

People who signed up a year ago for a pilot study to grow oysters in cages under their docks have yet to get the go-ahead from state fisheries officials. >> Read the Full Article

Oil Firm Near $52 as Cold Hits U.S. Northeast

Oil prices firmed near $52 a barrel Monday as a blast of cold, snowy weather in the U.S. Northeast threatened to tighten already strained heating oil supplies in the world's largest energy consumer. >> Read the Full Article

Athens' Sludge Mountain Upsets Residents

Residents near a giant seaside sewage plant close to Athens staged a protest Tuesday, alarmed by reported plans to burn thousands of tons of potentially toxic sludge. >> Read the Full Article