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Climate Change: While Washington Slept

Ten months before Hurricane Katrina left much of New Orleans underwater, Queen Elizabeth II had a private conversation with Prime Minister Tony Blair about George W. Bush. The Queen's tradition of meeting once a week with Britain's elected head of government to discuss matters of state-usually on Tuesday evenings in Buckingham Palace and always alone, to ensure maximum confidentiality-goes back to 1952, the year she ascended the throne. In all that time, the contents of those chats rarely if ever leaked.

US pollution case tests international law

The glistening waters and sandy beaches of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area have drawn millions of tourists over the years. But the lake also collected wastes dumped into the Columbia River from one of the world's largest lead and zinc smelters, just across the border in Trail, British Columbia. Now, in a landmark case, a federal judge in Yakima, Washington, soon will decide if the Canadian smelter operator is subject to the U.S. Superfund law and must pay to clean up nearly a century of pollution.

Study for Shell’s Jackpine oilsands mine predicts big losses in animal habitat

Shell Canada outlines a substantial loss of habitat for birds, woodland caribou, bison and other animals in an environmental assessment of the proposed expansion of its Jackpine oilsands mine in northeastern Alberta.

Asian frogs becoming extinct before they can be identified, biologists warn

Frogs and other amphibians are being wiped out at such a rapid rate across Asia that many are going extinct before scientists even have a chance to identify them as new species, biologists warned at an international conservation meeting in South Korea this week.