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Nicaragua Seeks New Canal to Link Atlantic, Pacific

Nicaragua wants to build a waterway like the Panama Canal that would link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at a cost of $18 billion, President Enrique Bolanos said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Ozone Hole Matches Record Size

The "ozone hole" over Antarctica this year has matched the record size of 11.4 million square miles, the U.N. weather agency has said. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Population to Top 300 Million This Month

Some time this month, the number of Americans will surpass 300 million, a milestone that raises environmental impact questions for the only major industrial nation whose population is increasing substantially. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Swaps Guatemalan Debt for Forest Protection

The United States will forgive about 20 percent of the $122 million debt owed by Guatemala so the money can be used to protect threatened plants and wildlife, the government said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

More Than One Quarter of Yangtze Water Undrinkable

More than one quarter of the water in the Yangtze River is so polluted it cannot be treated to make it drinkable, Xinhua news agency said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Singapore Skies Smoggy from Indonesia Fires; Air Quality Rated Moderate

Forest fires in Indonesia have created smoggy skies in neighboring Singapore, although the city-state says the air quality hasn't deteriorated to unhealthy levels. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. FDA Says Spinach Safe but Has Bigger Concerns

Fresh spinach is safe to eat in the United States because all E. coli-tainted spinach has been recalled, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Proposed Border Fence Could Face Environmental Obstacles in Texas

Plans to build a fence along about 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) of the U.S. border with Mexico could mean the destruction of costly environmental restoration projects and could cut into lucrative tourism and cross-border spending in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere in South Texas. >> Read the Full Article

Vietnam, U.S. Set New Tone on Dioxin War Legacy

Doctors warn people living near the Bien Hoa military airport not to drink the water, eat the fish or grow fruit and vegetables because of wartime dioxin poisoning. >> Read the Full Article

Ecuadoreans Learn to Live with Danger in a Country Brimming with Active Volcanos

All across the volcano-dotted landscape of this Andean nation, millions of people have become accustomed to living in the shadow of mountains that can lay waste to their villages and farms in a matter of hours. >> Read the Full Article