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Deal reached on cutting ozone-damaging emissions

Delegates from almost 200 countries agreed late on Friday to eliminate ozone-depleting substances faster than originally planned, the United Nations said. >> Read the Full Article

Pollution rule puts carmakers in tough spot

Vermont and several other American states have scored a victory in their battle to get carmakers to comply with rules aimed at reducing global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Seeks Global Warming Process

Bush administration officials set out Friday to convince the world it can cool the Earth with voluntary "processes," more cooperation and fewer barriers to trade among the U.S., China and other major polluters, contrary to the U.N.'s mandatory approach to global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Amazon forest shows unexpected resiliency during drought

Drought-stricken regions of the Amazon forest grew particularly vigorously during the 2005 drought, according to new research. The counterintuitive finding contradicts a prominent global climate model that predicts the Amazon forest would begin to "brown down" after just a month of drought and eventually collapse as the drought progressed. >> Read the Full Article

SoCal Man Charged With Smuggling Iguanas

A man accused of stealing three endangered iguanas from a nature preserve in Fiji and smuggling them into the United States in his prosthetic leg has been indicted. >> Read the Full Article

EU clashes with U.S. over airline emissions trade

The European Union will press ahead with plans to include aviation in its emissions trading system despite United States' efforts through a U.N. body to discourage it, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said on Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Cholera outbreak reaches Iraqi capital

GENEVA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - More than 1,500 people have cholera in Iraq and the outbreak has spread from the north to Baghdad, where conditions are ripe for the disease to thrive, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

Some 29,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea have been reported by Iraqi authorities since mid-August, including 1,500 confirmed as cholera, the United Nations health agency said. At least 10 people have died, all in the north.

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said a 25-year-old woman in Baghdad has contracted cholera, the first confirmed case in the Iraqi capital. >> Read the Full Article

1 Million Chinese-made Cibs Recalled; Linked To 2 Infant Deaths

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Simplicity Inc., a supplier of baby furniture to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big retailers, is recalling about 1 million Chinese-made baby cribs which have been linked to at least two infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday.

The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap that leads to an infant being trapped and suffocated, the safety agency said in a statement. It urged parents to check all Simplicity-made cribs to ensure the drop-side is installed correctly.

The cribs, priced between $100 and $300, were sold by U.S. retailers and chains including Target Corp., Big Lots Inc and family-owned Meijer Inc.
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Cut out caviar to save the sturgeon: Russia's Ivanov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The rich may have to take black caviar off the menu to let sturgeon stocks recover, Russia's first Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Friday.

Ivanov, widely regarded as a leading contender to succeed President Vladimir Putin in 2008, said he could do without caviar if sturgeon fishing was banned.

"If we banned catches for a period of time then I would certainly survive," Ivanov told an investment conference in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, RIA news agency reported.

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Nutrient levels in conventional foods declining

The title of a newly-released report from The Organic Center tells a sad but timely story: “Still No Free Lunch: Nutrient levels in US food supply eroded by pursuit of high yields.” >> Read the Full Article