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Japanese Whalers Lose Bid To Block U.S.-Based 'Sea Shepherd' Activists

A group of Japanese whalers has failed to win an injunction against U.S. anti-whaling activists, as a federal judge refused their request for protections from boats owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The ruling was made in Seattle, where the whalers, known as the Institute for Cetacean Research, had filed suit.
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Billions Of Dollars At Stake In BP Oil Spill Trial

The first phase of the trial for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27. Billions of dollars are at stake for BP, the other companies involved, and the states, companies and individuals harmed by the disaster. Negotiations between all parties are continuing and some observers believe the case could be settled before opening arguments even begin.
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Activists Link Extreme D.C. Weather, Climate Change

Activists are calling for stricter standards for coal-fired power plants, citing their role in the climate change that has driven extreme weather patterns in the D.C. area.

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Yes, There's Arsenic In Your Rice. But Is That Bad?

Toddler formula and other organic rice products have surprisingly high amounts of arsenic, according to a new study. But since there's no federal standard for arsenic in food, it's impossible to say how much is OK.
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Virginia Paper Company Linked To Rainforest Destruction

Mercury Paper in Virginia is under fire from environmental groups alleging that the company cuts down precious rainforest habitats to provide the raw materials for its paper products.

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Methane, Soot Are Targets Of New U.S. Climate Initiative

The United States and five other nations are embarking on a new program to limit pollutants connected to global warming. But they're not targeting carbon dioxide with this effort — instead, they're looking at methane gas, and soot.
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Invasive Species Hitch A Ride... And Harm Our Waters

Invasive species hitch a ride with ships traveling all over the world... which can be bad news for the health of our local waters.

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BP's Oil Slick Set To Spill Into Courtroom

Testimony in one of the most complex environmental lawsuits ever to reach trial is scheduled to begin at the end of the month. Shrimpers, waiters, housekeepers and others have joined in a federal lawsuit to determine who is responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil spill and how to compensate those affected.

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