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2011

Where To Get Your Daily Dose of Deadly Lead

First the good news: the amount of lead in America's air has dropped 93 percent since 1980, when the U.S. phased lead out of consumer automobile gasoline. Now the bad: The EPA this week identified 21 areas in 11 states that have levels of lead…

Will American Paranoia Stifle Road Repairs?

One of the most promising options for funding roads, highways, and bridges in America faces opposition from Americans who think the government will use it to spy on them, a transportation policy expert said in Chicago Monday.
Cars outfitted with GPS…

Obama Administration Banking On Next-Generation Nukes

The Fukushima nuclear disaster has done nothing to deter the Department of Energy from its pursuit of next generation and small modular nuclear reactors, according to the DOE's First Quadrennial Technology Review, released Wednesday.
The outlook…

Americans Choke While Obama Courts Votes, Activists Charge

Clean-air activists in President Obama's home state were ready when his Environmental Protection Agency announced today it would follow a 2008 clean-air standard set by the Bush Administration.
Environment Illinois released a report claiming…

European Gas Giant Backs French Fear Of Fracking

Europe's largest natural gas firm, the Paris-based GDF Suez, agrees with the French government that hydraulic fracturing must be made safer for the environment before it is used to develop natural gas from shale resources in Europe.
"There will be no…

Time To Monitor Changing Oceans, Scientists Argue

Scientists need to build long-term networks to observe marine ecosystems as they undergo increasing effects from climate change, a team of scientists will argue in a review of recent research due for publication in December.
Every marine ecosystem…

NASSAU, BAHAMAS–Hurricanes are followed by a storm of mosquitos and other insects that have been blown from their homes in trees and shrubbery, any hurricane survivor will tell you. And like other hurricane surivors, those insects are often hungry,…

From The Bahamas: Better Hurricane Advice

NASSAU, BAHAMAS–Hurricane Irene is swirling around me right now, slamming gates, lashing shutters with wind and rain, bending coconut palms, and sweeping from these low, sandy islands anything that's not been tied down.
In the hours leading to this…