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WHO Calls for Improved Air Quality, Says Pollution Kills Two Million People Each Year
October 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press

The World Health Organization on Thursday called on governments to improve air quality in their cities, saying air pollution prematurely kills two million people a year, with more than half the deaths in developing countries.

EPA Chided Over 'Intersex' Fish Concerns
October 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Westley, Associated Press

Federal lawmakers Wednesday criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not moving faster to determine whether "intersex" fish in the Potomac River and its tributaries signal the presence of pollutants that might be harmful to humans.

Stop Crocodile Hunts, Say Malaysian Wildlife Groups
October 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Malaysian conservation groups on Wednesday called for a halt to crocodile hunts in the wild jungles of Borneo mounted by Malaysians searching for the remains of a boy feared to have been eaten by one of the reptiles.

Get Ready for Freak Weather, World's Polluters Told
October 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

The world's top polluting nations were told Wednesday to prepare for decades of weather turmoil, even if they act now to curb emissions and pursue green energy sources.

Forest Service Spends Record $1.5 Billion Fighting Wildfires
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Rebecca Boone, Associated Press

Wildfires across the country have burned a record number of acres this year, and with the scorched land comes a record bill, a federal official said Tuesday.

E. Coli Found in Cattle Feces in Spinach Probe
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

California officials have discovered E. coli in cattle feces on pastures near farms being investigated as possible sources of spinach contaminated with the bacteria, which caused a nationwide outbreak of food poisoning, a state health officer said Tuesday.

Canada Begins Talks on Tougher Auto-Emission Rules
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Louise Egan, Reuters

Canada's Conservative government notified auto industry chief executives on Tuesday that it plans to impose mandatory vehicle emissions standards after a current voluntary agreement expires in 2010.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Nearly Over, Forecaster Says
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

A noted U.S. hurricane forecaster said Tuesday there will be just one more hurricane this year, a welcome relief after the devastation caused last year by hurricanes like Katrina.

Brown Widow Makes Its Home on Gulf Coast
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As if the West Nile-toting mosquito isn't enough to worry Mississippians, add the poisonous Latrodectus geometricus to the state's list of creepy-crawly creatures.

Sewage, Coastal Destruction Threaten Marine Life
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters

Sewage is a growing threat to oceans and seas, putting at risk marine life and habitats as the pollution problem escalates, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report on Wednesday.

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