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California Farmers Say Relief is Needed to Save Family Farms

Edwin Camp has spent most of his life working on the family farm, tending potatoes, carrots and grapes in California's fertile Central Valley -- famously known as "America's salad bowl." But in recent years, he has logged less time in the fields and more days politicking against what he calls stringent labor and environmental laws threatening family farms. >> Read the Full Article

Avoiding Health Risks from PBDEs

(By Joyce H. Newman) After widespread media coverage of the potentially toxic levels of the chemical, PDBE, recently measured in breast milk, in farmed salmon, and other fatty foods, we learned for the first time that American women hold the frightening distinction of having the highest levels of PBDEs in the world. In fact, according to recent estimates, women in the U.S. have as much as 10 times to 100 times the levels of women in Europe. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Virgin Islands Government Sues Oil Refinery, Alumina Plant for Damaging Environment

The U.S. Virgin Islands filed suit Wednesday suing the Western Hemisphere's second largest oil refinery and a defunct alumina plant for allegedly releasing pollutants that tainted the groundwater and marine and coastal resources on St. Croix island. >> Read the Full Article

MIT Looks to Help Solve World's Energy Woes

The amount of energy-related work at MIT could double over the next five years as the institute mounts a research effort to address the world's growing energy problems. The program comes at a time when energy demand and consumption are surging globally as China, India, and other developing countries build industrial economies. >> Read the Full Article

Herring are Depleted, but Not 'Endangered'

Federal officials say they don't have the authority to extend Endangered Species Act protection to a dramatically shrinking stock of herring, an important food source for Puget Sound salmon, marine mammals and sea birds. >> Read the Full Article

Mexican Volcano Rumbles Back to Life

The Volcano of Fire has rumbled back to life with its strongest eruptions in 20 years, spewing lava and ash clouds that had some residents who remained in their homes Wednesday casting nervous glances at the peak. >> Read the Full Article

Fishing Nets Kill 1,000 Marine Mammals Daily

Almost 1,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die daily in fishing nets and urgent changes are needed in trawling methods to save nine populations under immediate threat, conservation group WWF said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Survey Concludes Scientific Misbehavior Is Common

It's not the stuff of headlines, like fraud. But more mundane misbehavior by scientists is common enough that it may pose an even greater threat to the integrity of science, a new report asserts. >> Read the Full Article

Avoiding Health Risks from PBDEs -- An ENN Commentary

After widespread media coverage of the potentially toxic levels of the chemical, PDBE, recently measured in breast milk, in farmed salmon, and other fatty foods, we learned for the first time that American women hold the frightening distinction of having the highest levels of PBDEs in the world. >> Read the Full Article

Head of U.N.'s Food Agency Praises Blair's Africa Plan

The director-general of the United Nations' food agency on Wednesday praised British Prime Minister Tony Blair for pushing G-8 nations to help eradicate debt and famine in African countries, but said more aid was needed. >> Read the Full Article