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China Emissions Situation Grim in First Half of 2007

Emissions of a key air pollutant fell slightly in China in the first half of the year but water quality worsened, the country's environmental watchdog said Tuesday, urging tougher measures to deal with a grim pollution situation. >> Read the Full Article

Islands Emerge as Arctic Ice Shrinks to Record Low

Previously unknown islands are appearing as Arctic summer sea ice shrinks to record lows, raising questions about whether global warming is outpacing U.N. projections, experts said. Polar bears and seals have also suffered this year on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard because the sea ice they rely on for hunts melted far earlier than normal. >> Read the Full Article

98 Crocodiles Found in Backyard of Home in Mexico

Mexican environmental protection officials found 98 crocodiles that were being kept in the backyard of a home in the Gulf state of Veracruz, authorities said. The crocodiles, which ranged in length from 12 inches (30 centimeters) to 6 feet (1.7 meters), are protected by Mexican environmental laws. >> Read the Full Article

Scientist Unveils Plan on Climate Change

A New Mexico Tech scientist believes he has found a way to head off dangerous climate change. Oliver Wingenter said the idea is simple -- fertilize the ocean so that more plankton can grow. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Official Faces Contempt Charge for Not Studying Environmental Impact of Fire Retardant

A federal judge in Montana has ordered the Bush administration's top forestry official to explain why he should not be held in contempt of court for the U.S. Forest Service's failure to analyze the environmental impact of dropping fish-killing fire retardant on wildfires. >> Read the Full Article

Tourists Flee In Mexico, Dean Bears Down

Thousands of tourists headed for makeshift shelters on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Monday to escape from Hurricane Dean, a potentially catastrophic storm which killed nine people in the Caribbean. Police ordered vehicles off the road and banned the sale of alcohol on the "Mayan Riviera", a strip of beach resorts with bright white sands that is yet to fully recover from the devastation of Hurricane Wilma in 2005. With winds near 150 mph (240 kph), Dean was likely to become a rare Category 5 -- the strongest type of hurricane -- before making landfall near Mexico's border with Belize early on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. >> Read the Full Article

Mattel Sued To Require Lead Testing For All Children Exposed To Recalled Chinese-Made Toys

The attorney whose lawsuit prompted a recall of defective Chinese tires is filing a class action today to compel Mattel to pay for the testing of children who might have been lead-poisoned by 1.5 million toxic toys. effrey Killino, of the Philadelphia firm of Woloshin & Killino, is filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior court in the central district of California to force Mattel to set up a fund that concerned parents could access to have their children tested for lead poisoning. >> Read the Full Article

Family Planning Needs In Developing Countries Spurs W.H.O., Johns Hopkins, To Publish Science-Based Contraception Handbook

The World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University, have published a handbook on family planning for developing nations. The handbook, is based on the best available scientific evidence was driven by the urgent unmet needs of millions of women and families who seek information on contraception. >> Read the Full Article

Africa Wages War on Scourge of Plastic Bags

They've become as much a symbol of Africa's landscape as the stereotypical lions and plains. Discarded plastic bags -- in the billions -- flutter from thorn-bushes across the continent, and clog up cities from Cape Town to Casablanca. >> Read the Full Article

Want The Next Big Energy Source? Dig in The Weeds

Plants that can be grown for fuel are often touted as a vast, clean energy source -- except by those who say precious food is being diverted into gas tanks, and that biofuel crops are using up dwindling land and water. >> Read the Full Article