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Wet Winter Threatens Spring Flooding

The wet winter that brought mudslides and record rains to the Southwest is now threatening spring flooding, forecasters said Thursday. Flooding is also expected in North Dakota, Minnesota and New England. >> Read the Full Article

Greenpeace and British Trawlermen in Sea Standoff

British coastguards said on Friday they had intervened to stop a confrontation at sea between Greenpeace protesters and trawlermen because of fears people could be killed. >> Read the Full Article

Aim: To Measure Green against Green

Villebois is going green, but just how green remains to be seen. Developers of the "new urbanist" community in western Wilsonville want to ask its future residents just how much they are willing to pay to enjoy the health and environmental benefits of the latest rainwater-management systems, ecologically sensitive roof types and natural ventilation systems. >> Read the Full Article

Manatees Have Brittle Bones, Study Shows

Despite their huge size, the bones of manatees are as brittle as fine porcelain, making them extremely vulnerable to being broken when struck by a boat, a University of Florida researchers said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Study Links Mercury from Power Plants to Autism

After years of debate about whether a nationwide explosion in autism is related to a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines, Texas researchers have found a new suspect: mercury from coal-burning power plants. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists: Road Salt Harms Environment

The use of salt to melt snow and ice from slippery roads has an environmental downside that can affect a widespread area long after winter has passed, scientists say. >> Read the Full Article

Week in Review: March 14th - 18th

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 51-49 in favor of the Bush administration's proposal to drill in the 19-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Environmentalists decry the likely impact on wildlife, including polar bears, migratory birds, and caribou, while drilling supporters argue that new technologies will be protective of the ecosystem. >> Read the Full Article

China Takes Over as Leading Consumer

(By Lester Brown) Although the United States has long consumed the lion's share of the world's resources, this situation is changing fast as the Chinese economy surges... >> Read the Full Article

DuPont Agrees to Reduce C8 Emissions

DuPont Co. officials confirmed Tuesday that they plan to greatly reduce the amount of the toxic chemical C8 in some of their products. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: Mars Rover Update

Last year scientists sent a pair of space/land rovers to Mars. >> Read the Full Article