• Washington State is poised to set the nation’s toughest restrictions on toxics in toys.

• Nearly 20,000 South Africans have been displaced by a heavily polluting platinum mine.

• The Humane Society has filed suit to keep Oregon and Washington State from killing sea lions.

• Some 40,000 tourists will visit Antarctica this year.

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• Japan wants to reduce waste by 60 percent by 2015.

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