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EPA: Nonprofit tapped stimulus funds to subsidize coal mine -- IG

A Pittsburgh botanic garden is using federal economic stimulus funds for a profitable coal-mining operation, violating a contract that approved a "green" irrigation project, according to U.S. EPA's inspector general.

F. Sherwood Rowland dies at 84; UC Irvine professor won Nobel Prize

F. Sherwood Rowland discovered that chlorofluorocarbons led to the depletion of stratospheric ozone. His work resulted in an international treaty banning CFCs in 1987. Rowland and two others shared the Nobel in chemistry in 1995.

Anti-nuclear demonstrations held in Japan, elsewhere

Tens of thousands of people across Japan and around the world marked the March 11 anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that precipitated the nuclear disaster last year with rallies to renew calls for the abolition of nuclear power.

Farming communities facing crisis over nitrate pollution, study says

Nitrate contamination in groundwater from fertilizer and animal manure is severe and getting worse for hundreds of thousands of residents in California’s farming communities, according to a study released today by researchers at UC Davis.