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Amazon Rainforest Suffers Worst Drought in Decades
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Terry Wade, Reuters

The worst drought in more than 40 years is damaging the world's biggest rainforest, plaguing the Amazon basin with wildfires, sickening river dwellers with tainted drinking water, and killing fish by the millions as streams dry up.

A World Helpless Against the Assaults of Nature
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Calvin Woodward, Associated Press

In a more hopeful time, the promise of science brought assurances that hurricanes could be tricked into dispersing, earthquakes disarmed by nuclear explosions and floodwaters held at bay by great mounds of dirt.

Gender-Benders: How Safe are Chemicals in Cosmetics?
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce H. Newman, The Green Guide

(By Joyce H. Newman) For the first time in a human study, scientists have discovered that some of the most common industrial chemicals, called phthalates, actually alter male sexual and reproductive development in the womb. They are calling these effects by ominous sounding names like “phthalate syndrome” and “testicular dysgenesis syndrome”. An investigation by Peter Waldman on the front page of the Wall Street Journal October 4th, reveals serious new questions about these chemicals.

Ohio Recycling Center Now a Reality
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Downing, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

Jeff Wilhite's dream is finally coming true: A new Akron center for businesses to recycle hazardous materials will open on Oct. 25.

Generation Green Asks California AG to Investigate Splenda Ads
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Advocacy group Generation Green yesterday sent a letter to California's Attorney General Bill Lockyer, urging an investigation of what it called "misleading advertising practices" by Johnson & Johnson for its artificial sweetener Splenda.

Flexcar Launches Car Sharing Service in San Francisco
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Flexcar has expanded its carsharing service to San Francisco, becoming the first carsharing company to offer service throughout the state of California, along the West Coast and across the country.

New Project Will Reduce School Bus Emissions in Minnesota
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Project Green Fleet, a partnership of Minnesota businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, is a new initiative to reduce the pollution emitted by at least 500 buses in the state, thereby improving the quality of the air our children breathe.

India Faces Turbulent Water Future, World Bank Expert Says
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Rajesh Mahapatra, Associated Press

Conflicts caused by severe water shortages could plague India in the coming decades as rivers dry up, groundwater is depleted and canals are polluted, a World Bank expert warned.

Energy Department Likely To Miss Deadline for Nuclear Treatment Plant at Hanford Site
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Shannon Dininny, Associated Press

The federal government says it likely will miss the deadline to open a multi-billion-dollar nuclear waste treatment plant, delaying cleanup of highly radioactive materials leftover from a site that made Cold War weapons.

Bishop Says Hunger Strike Just the Start of Campaign To Save Brazilian River
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

A Brazilian bishop savored the success of his 11-day hunger strike Friday, sipping chicken soup and mulling the government's pledge to delay the rerouting of a major river in Brazil's arid northeast.

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