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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.


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.


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.

Why California Almonds Need North Dakota Flowers (And A Few Billion Bees)

This month, the bees from 1.6 million hives — many of them trucked in commercially from as far away as North Dakota — will pollinate California's almond orchards. Then beekeepers will pack up their colonies and drive them back to the northern Plains, where bees can graze for the summer. But scientists says that floral feast in the Great Plains is shrinking because of high corn prices.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

D.C. Environmental Film Festival

This year the Environmental Film Festival in D.C. celebrates a major milestone: 20 years of advancing environmental understanding through the power of film.

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Infectious Virus Found In Maryland Amphibians

Scientists are investigating a highly infectious virus that has made its way into Maryland's waterways and infected salamanders, tadpoles, and turtles.


Digging Deeper Into Obama's 2013 Budget

President Obama laid out his proposed federal budget for 2013 at a community college in Virginia on Monday. The $ 3.8 trillion plan calls for new government spending, including stimulus-style spending on roads. It also seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade