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About 65 Families Are Still Evacuated Because of Last Week's Chemical Spill in West Virginia
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

About 65 families remained out of their homes Monday as crews worked to clean up the remnants of 22,000 gallons of hazardous chemicals that spilled last week from a railroad tanker.

EarthTalk: What Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? And Should It Be Avoided?
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a synthetic detergent known for its ability to generate a sudsy lather. As a result, the beauty and cosmetics products industry has long used it as a key component in shampoos and other personal care products, citing consumer desire for a foamy bath and shower experience.

California Town Known for Roses Fears Scent of Another Kind
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

The pride of this farming town tucked into the southern end of California's San Joaquin Valley is a crop not usually linked to one of the nation's most fertile agricultural regions.

Mexico Dreams of Challenging China in Bamboo Market
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Pav Jordan, Associated Press

It can be used to build homes and make deodorant, clothes, and paper. Some industries fuel ovens with it. The Aztecs made flutes out of it.

World Unprepared for Avian Flu, Experts Warn
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Associated Press

The current U.S. flu vaccine shortage shows perfectly how poorly the world is prepared to handle the next global epidemic of influenza, health experts said Sunday.

China Bans Imports of Scrap Electronics in Bid to Clean Up Environment
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China is banning imports of used television sets and other electronic scrap in a bid to clean up its environment, complaining that the United States, Japan, and others are using it as a dumping ground, a government newspaper said recently.

Thailand Braces for More Bird Flu Outbreaks
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Trirat Puttajanyawong, Associated Press

Thailand, where 12 people have died in the bird flu epidemic, is braced for more outbreaks of the deadly virus as the weather cools in the next few weeks and migratory wildfowl arrive, a cabinet minister said on Monday.

Young Adults from 14 Caribbean Countries Gather Material for Environmental Book
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Young adults from 14 Caribbean countries recently finished gathering material for a book on the environment they hope will get more young people involved in protection efforts.

Kenya's Maasai Accuse Flower Growers of Undermining Their Access to Lake
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Antony Gitonga, Associated Press

Maasai tribal officials vowed Monday to fight against an environmental protection plan they said was being pushed by Kenya's flower-growing farmers despite hurting local herdsmen.

EPA Says DOE's Radioactive Waste Shipments to New Mexico Facility Broke Rules
November 2, 2004 12:00 AM - John Fleck, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

The Department of Energy shipped at least 602 drums of plutonium waste to New Mexico in violation of Environmental Protection Agency rules, according to documents obtained by the Journal.

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