The gray wolf has been a controversial entry on the endangered species list. Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is concerned Congress may kick them off the list altogether.
Environmentalists have been quietly grumbling about the Obama administration for months. Now one of the country's most prominent conservationists — former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt — is retaking the public stage to scold President Obama.
Nisaka Mieko gathers chives, which have been contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident. She says she may lose $25,000 in crops, and hopes to plant some of the seeds next year.
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A deserted shrine in Iitate, which has been voted one of Japan's most beautiful villages. The levels of radiation there are twice the level requiring evacuation, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Japan has doubled its estimate for the amount of radiation leaked by the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, but the process of evacuating the zone around the plant has not been smooth.
In some villages where evacuation orders have been issued, Japanese residents have stayed put.
The village of Iitate, about 20 miles from the plant, has radiation levels well above those considered safe. But it appears there are still quite a few people in the village, including one couple busy in their fields.
The Pinker Tones are the brainchild of Salvador Rey and Alex Llovet, perhaps better known by their stage names Mister Furia and Professor Manso. Since 2001, Furia, Manso and friends have wowed audiences worldwide with their infectiously catchy, multi-lingual electro-pop. The Spanish group's magpie sound combines elements of funk, soul, bossa, breakbeat, lounge and psychedelia with playful lyrics and an upbeat attitude.
"Economic activity generally continued to expand" in most parts of the country over the past six to seven weeks, "though a few districts indicated some deceleration," the Federal Reserve just reported in its latest Beige Book review of conditions around the nation.