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March 01 2013


On Our Radar: Asian Dust and California Snow

Even when two storm systems in the Sierra Nevada carry the same amount of water vapor, scientists found, the presence of dust from Asia in one will cause far more precipitation.
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February 28 2013


Taking a Fresh Look at Nuclear Waste

A new book argues that the nation's failure to establish a nuclear waste repository is less about technological shortcomings than human foibles.

April 12 2012


Breaking Down Traditional Chinese Medicine

A new method of genetic analysis allows researchers to identify the component parts of traditional Chinese medicine, revealing endangered species, toxic plants and widespread mislabeling.

April 04 2012


April 03 2012


Environmental Rules: Job Killers or Job Creators?

Despite the limitations of current tools, federal agencies should do their best to calculate job impacts when drafting environmental rules, the Institute for Policy Integrity says in a new report.

March 15 2012


Zeroing In on Lead in Hunters' Bullets

Noting that such ammunition poses a threat to bird populations like the California condor, groups seek an E.P.A. ban or strict limits on lead content.

March 09 2012


On Our Radar: A Rare-Earths Merger

Molycorp, which operates a mine that is being reopened and expanded in California, is buying Neo Material Technologies of Toronto, which makes specialty chemicals from rare earths at factories in China and Thailand.

January 30 2012


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January 13 2012


From the Jungle to J.F.K., Viruses Cross Borders in Monkey Meat

A pilot program in which the C.D.C. and conservationists intercepted tissues entering the United States and tested them for viruses gave them cause for alarm.

December 22 2011


In Internal Canadian Documents, a Warning on Oil Sands

From potential contamination of a river to possible effects on public health, an agency ticked off risks from exploitation of oil sands that the government publicly dismisses.

November 13 2011


In the Marcellus, Getting Her Hands Dirty

Curious to know whether radioactive elements in her clay are a natural part of the rock, an artist consults geologists.

August 29 2011


Testing Water Along the Path of Irene

Beyond flooding and destruction, Hurricane Irene is likely to have caused less visible environmental damage by dumping sewage, pesticides and other contaminants into waterways along the East Coast, federal officials said.

July 20 2011


New York Parents Sue to Speed PCB Cleanup in Schools

Arguing that a 10-year time line is far too long, lawyers for the parents assert that light fixtures leaking PCBs could be replaced within two years.

March 28 2011


September 01 2010


Fresh Air for Sale, in Hong Kong

A tongue-in-cheek commercial from an anti-pollution group, already a hit on YouTube, delivers a message about what the city's pollution could portend.

August 30 2010


And You Thought Radiation Was a Problem for Nuclear Plants?

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing a fine against an unlikely violator: a coal plant.
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