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Obama Calls for an End to Subsidies for Oil and Gas Companies - NYTimes.com

With his re-election fate increasingly tied to the price Americans are paying at the gas pump, President Obama asked Congress on Thursday to end $4 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies and vowed to tackle the country’s long-term energy issues while shunning “phony election-year promises about lower gas prices.”

Loss of Arctic sea ice may lead to mercury deposits: NASA study - Yahoo! News

Significant declines in perennial Arctic sea ice over the past decade may be intensifying a chemical reaction that leads to deposits of toxic mercury, a NASA-led study showed on Thursday.

Oceans' acidic shift may be fastest in 300 million years

The world's oceans are turning acidic at what could be the fastest pace of any time in the past 300 million years, even more rapidly than during a monster emission of planet-warming carbon 56 million years ago, scientists said on Thursday.

Supreme court: Justices decline to intervene in Asian carp dispute -- 02/27/2012 -- www.eenews.net

The Supreme Court today turned away a request from several states that it intervene to help prevent invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

Dozens of dead marine mammals, turtles in Gulf this year, NOAA says | NOLA.com

Reports of dozens of stranded dolphins, whales, and sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico continue to pile up in the first two months of 2012, with federal officials tallying 48 marine mammals, mostly dolphins, and 87 sea turtles. Only a handful of marine mammal strandings were of live animals that may have been saved. None of the turtles were alive.

World News: Life inside Japan's dead zone - thestar.com

IITATE, JAPAN—Iitate was once a village. In the lap of the towering Abukuma mountains and 30 kilometres from the nuclear reactor Fukushima Dai-ichi, it was a collection of homes, offices, two gas stations and three grocery stores; a place where people rode bicycles to work, children played in parks and seniors read newspapers on porches.

OriginOil Study Concludes Algae Producers Can Make Gasoline and Diesel For as Little as $2.28/Gallon

OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), developer of a breakthrough technology to convert algae into renewable crude oil, today announced a new company study indicating for the first time that algae producers worldwide can now make transportation fuels cost-effectively themselves.

Research: Roundup Diluted by 450-Fold is Still Toxic to DNA

New research released ahead of print and published in the journal Archives of Toxicology indicates that Roundup, the most common formulation of the herbicide glyphosate, is not only more toxic than its constituent ingredients, but is capable of damaging DNA within a human cell line when diluted down to 450-fold lower concentrationsthan presently used in GMO agricultural applications.