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Arctic Thaw Could Open Vast Oil and Gas Region

An accelerating thaw of the Arctic may open vast regions for oil and gas exploration but that brings worries of spills in the fragile environment, experts said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Massachusetts Governor Boosts Wind-Farm Opposition

Two days after a federal agency released an initial favorable review of a proposal for an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, Governor Mitt Romney stepped up his opposition to the plan in a visit with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. >> Read the Full Article

Thames Water Splashes out Millions in Contracts on Making Estuary Fit to Drink

British engineers have picked up tens of millions of pounds' worth of contracts in an unusual scheme to build a vast emergency desalination plant to turn salty Thames estuary water into drinking water. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Okapi Calf Doing Well at Missouri Zoo

A rare okapi -- something of a cross between a giraffe and a zebra -- born at the St. Louis Zoo this summer is doing well despite a shaky relationship with its mother, zoo officials said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

DOE Keeps Mum on Preferred Option for Uranium Tailings Piled Near Moab, Utah

The long-awaited draft environmental impact study of what to do with 12 million tons of radioactive uranium ore tailings piled next to the Colorado River near Moab contains a mystery: What does the Department of Energy believe is the best solution? >> Read the Full Article

Louisiana Reports First Cases of Soybean Rust

The first U.S. cases of the fungus soybean rust, which hinders plant growth and drastically cuts crop production, were found at two research sites in Louisiana, officials said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesia in Tough Spot in Newmont Mining Case, Says VP

Critics are applying a double standard to Indonesia over its pursuit of an environmental case involving the world's largest gold miner, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Group Says Forest Service Fails to Monitor Grazing

An environmental group accused the U.S. Forest Service of failing to adequately monitor livestock grazing allotments in New Mexico and Arizona and allowing overgrazing. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Dismisses Report That Says Biotech Corn Should Be Better Regulated to Protect Mexican Countryside

Mexico is trying to limit the importation of genetically modified corn from the United States after a NAFTA watchdog group recommended better regulation of the crop, something U.S. officials have said is unnecessary. >> Read the Full Article

Abraham Sees Congress Backing Alaskan Oil Drilling

U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Wednesday he was optimistic the new Congress would vote next year to allow oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge. >> Read the Full Article