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U.S., Australia Team Up to Protect Vulnerable Reefs

Guardians of two of the world's most popular coral reefs joined forces Thursday to protect their fragile charges from the ravages of water pollution, coral disease and people. >> Read the Full Article

Heatwave Study May Fuel Global Warming Lawsuits

A study of a 2003 heatwave in Europe may give Pacific islanders and environmentalists new ammunition for legal cases blaming the United States for global warming, advocates said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Wind, Solar Power Would Boost New Jersey Economy, Study Says

A proposed renewable energy program would cost New Jersey homeowners as little as $5 a year and provide economic and health benefits to the state, a Rutgers University study has found. >> Read the Full Article

Plant Suspends Fertilizer Operations Near Las Cruces, N.M.

Recurring concerns by Mesquite residents over possible ground water contamination and unhealthy air from a nearby chemical company have drawn a suspension order from the New Mexico Environment Department, according to a letter the department sent to State Rep. Joseph Cervantes. >> Read the Full Article

Pennsylvania Denies Company's Request to Resume Washington County Mining

Citing the threat of immediate environmental harm, the state Environmental Hearing Board has denied a mining company's request to resume longwall mining under a tributary of Maple Creek in Washington County. >> Read the Full Article

Once-Cozy Company Town Divided on Plan to Sell Water to Nestle

It's fitting that the snowcapped crown of Mount Shasta looms over this old lumber town like spring water promotion -- two major bottling plants are located at its base and a third is on the way. >> Read the Full Article

Oil Leaks from Ocean Floor Near Brazilian Offshore Well

Oil seeped from an underwater leak near an offshore well off Brazil's southeastern coast, causing an oil slick up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) long, environmental officials said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

China Denies Planning Commercial Sales of Genetically Modified Rice

The Chinese government said Thursday it is testing the safety of genetically modified rice but denied claims by environmentalists that it is preparing to allow commercial sales. >> Read the Full Article

Newmont Positive on Indonesia Despite Legal Case

Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM.N) is positive about its Indonesia operations despite allegations of pollution that could bring legal charges against executives and a company unit, a Newmont vice president said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Feds Fine Two Biotech Companies for Seed Gaffes

Federal regulators recently fined two biotech companies more than $5,600 for improperly handling genetically modified crops, but said they aren't investigating the University of California, Davis for its role in unknowingly shipping engineered tomato seeds to researchers around the world. >> Read the Full Article