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Afghanistan: Local Reconstruction Effort Goes Awry

Misuse of reconstruction funds at the local level in Afghanistan is undermining confidence in the central government. As in other parts of Afghanistan, people in the Tagab district northeast of Kabul should be benefiting from development projects funded under the flagship National Solidarity Programme. But the few things that have been built are already falling apart. >>more

Bedbugs 'Hidden Environmental Reservoir' for Drug-Resistant Staph
Bedbugs carrying Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a superbug that is resistant to many antibiotics, have been identified in a downtown Vancouver hospital. Marc Romney, MD, a medical microbiologist at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital/Providence Health Care, and Christopher Lowe of the University of Toronto say "bedbugs may serve to amplify MRSA infections in impoverished urban communities." >>more

The 13 Most Vulnerable Arctic Treasures

At the top of the world, industrial activities are closing in on the last refuges of rare marine mammals and seabirds. As the Arctic warms, shipping, fishing, and petroleum exploration are reaching places once frozen year-round. Scientists and indigenous peoples have identified 13 unique and fragile areas for protection against these threats as well as the continual stressors of climate change, sea ice loss and ocean acidification. >>more

Wikileaks Cables: 'Cold Peace' Among Resource-Hungry Arctic Nations

As the Arctic warms, the rush to claim natural resources in the region is fueling military tension among Arctic nations, according to previously unpublished U.S. embassy cables just revealed by Wikileaks. One cable states, "Despite on-going efforts to renew U.S.-Russian relations, some Russian voices have called the situation in the Arctic a 'cold peace' vis-a-vis NATO and the U.S." >>more

China Plans Environmental Healing in Three Gorges Region by 2020

The Chinese government has decided to curb environmental deterioration in the Three Gorges Dam region by 2020, according to a Cabinet meeting held Wednesday. A statement released after an executive meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao says the government will improve the long-term mechanisms for geological disaster prevention, address drinking water pollution and promote biological diversity. >>more

American Rivers At Greatest Risk in 2011

The most endangered river in the United States is at risk from natural gas development and the hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for the second year running, according the American Rivers annual list of the country's 10 most endangered rivers, released today. The clean rivers advocacy group placed the Susquehanna River at the top of this year's list, and added a special mention for the record floods on the Mississippi River. >>more

Europeans Fund South African Dam for Urban Water Supply

The Development Bank of Southern Africa and three European development finance partners Monday signed agreements to finance the Mooi-Mgeni water supply project that will provide clean drinking water to more than six million people in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. South Africa faces a water crisis and could start having critical shortages as early as 2020.>>more

Sea Shepherd to Patrol Libyan War Zone for Bluefin Poachers

The endangered giant Atlantic bluefin tuna that migrate through Libyan waters of the Mediterranean each spring are are in greater peril than ever this year due to the conflict on land. The NATO no-fly zone means inspectors cannot conduct surveillance from the air over Libyan waters. But two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships will enter these waters in June with the goal of intercepting bluefin poachers and freeing illegally caught fish. >>more

Flood Fight and Flight Along the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is overflowing its banks, putting pressure on levees from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, threatening cities, towns, refineries and chemical facilities, and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. Officials say the disaster could break flood records set in the 1920s. On Saturday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway to minimize damage to property and to protect millions from the floodwaters. >>more

Judge Stays Settlement Over Hundreds of Endangered Species
Texas Egg Producer Fined $1.9 Million for Water Pollution
Nationwide Partnership Seeks to Halve Honeybee Losses
Senate Declines to Lift Tax Breaks for Big Oil
Florida Eases Beach Restoration Standards as BP Dollars Roll In
National Plan Attacks White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
1,800 EV Charging Stations Spring Up Across the USA
Industries Convince EPA to Stay Boiler Emissions Rules
Kauai Utility Ordered to Protect Rare Seabirds
California Budget Cuts Could Close 70 State Parks
Washington State Outlaws Shark Finning
Nuclear Expert Warns Congress U.S. Power Plants Not Safe
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