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Dark Future for White Animals in Arctic

Ideal for an Ice Age, white fur used as camouflage by animals from polar bears to Arctic foxes may be going out of fashion because of global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Colorado Sand Dunes to Become Newest National Park

Colorado became home to the country's newest national park when Interior Secretary Gale Norton officially reclassified the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. >> Read the Full Article

Spreading Slums May Boost Extremism, Says U.N. Agency

Extremism is likely to flourish in the world's rapidly spreading slums if governments do not tackle the poverty that fuels it, a senior United Nations official said at the start of a forum on urban life this week. >> Read the Full Article

Israel's Red Sea Fishery Is Killing Coral Reef, Scientists Say

A panel of experts from Israel and abroad urged the government this week to immediately halt fish farming in Israel's Red Sea coastal waters, saying pollution from the fish cages is killing off a unique coral reef. >> Read the Full Article

Polar Bears Are Suffering from Industry Chemicals, Says WWF

New evidence shows that polar bears are suffering from industrial chemicals swept to the Arctic from nations thousands of kilometers (miles) to the south, the WWF global conservation organization said this week. >> Read the Full Article

UPS and DaimlerChrysler Launch First Medium-Duty Fuel Cell Delivery Vehicles in the United States

Buoyed by initial road-test results and significant technological advancements, UPS has announced the U.S. deployment of its first three large package delivery vehicles utilizing hydrogen fuel cells for power. >> Read the Full Article

Vietnam Detains 30 People in a Crackdown on Illegal Gold Mine

Thirty people have been detained for running an illegal gold mine in central Vietnam that employed hundreds of workers, officials said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Public Outcry Blocks Marina Project that Threatens Coral on Idyllic Malaysian Island

A public outcry has temporarily blocked a multimillion dollar marina project that environmentalists say threatens to destroy a delicate coral reef at one of Southeast Asia's favorite diving spots. >> Read the Full Article

North Korea Says Blast Was for Hydroelectric Project

A huge explosion in North Korea last week was a deliberate blast to pave the way for a hydroelectric dam, Pyongyang said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

NOAA Fisheries Files New Columbia Basin Salmon Plan with Court

By spending $6 billion on improvements over the next 10 years, the Columbia Basin's federal hydroelectric dams can be operated without jeopardizing the survival of threatened and endangered salmon, the government said in a report. >> Read the Full Article