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Many Nations Suffer Problem of Arsenic in Drinking Water, New Research Finds

Arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting more than 70 countries and 137 million people, according to new research. Large numbers of people are unknowingly exposed to unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water, Peter Ravenscroft from the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, told an annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

How to Clean Up the Slums -- Cook on Garbage

Entering Nairobi's fetid slums the senses are first assaulted by a gagging stench and the sight of garbage everywhere, some even hanging from trees or smouldering in acrid fires. The city government does not recognise the "informal settlements" where more than 60 percent of the population live, so no services are provided and no garbage collected. >> Read the Full Article

FACTBOX-Draft U.N. study shows climate risks and solutions

Following are highlights of a draft 21-page U.N. report summing up global warming research by 2,500 scientists this year. The report, obtained by Reuters and giving an overview of 3,000 pages of previously published documents by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will be issued in November in Spain after review by governments. >> Read the Full Article

Kroger Becomes First National Retailer to Sell Ethanol

CINCINNATI - One of the nation's largest ethanol producers has teamed up with the The Kroger Co. to expand their sales of ethanol. Kroger announced they're opening 20 ethanol fueling locations in Ohio and Kentucky, making Kroger the first national retailer to offer E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline which is used by Flexible Fuel Vehicles. >> Read the Full Article

Volvo unveils green engines for trucks

Sweden's Volvo, the world's second biggest truck maker, unveiled on Wednesday a line of truck engines adapted to run on renewable fuels and called for more efforts to make such fuels commercially available. The engines are powered by seven types of fuel, ranging from synthetic diesel to a mix of hydrogen and biogas. These are made from renewable raw materials and do not add carbon dioxide to the ecosystem, the company said. >> Read the Full Article

Driving Economic Growth - Mobility for Development

Mobility is key to economic development. Businesses need road, rail, shipping and air networks to transport goods and services to markets, while people need them to get to jobs and use basic services. Mobility is not solely about vehicles; it is also about infrastructure, communications technology, access to resources and energy, facilitation of trade and simplifying burdensome bureaucracy. It is also intimately linked to the global energy crisis. Today the transport sector accounts for one-quarter of global CO2 emissions and is growing by 2% per year. It is estimated that global demand for oil will increase by 60% up to 2030, and some 75% of this will come from the transport sector, mainly in developing countries. >> Read the Full Article

Now It's Not Just Spiderman That Can Scale The Empire State Building

Physicists have found the formula for a Spiderman suit. Only recently has man come to understand how spiders and geckos effortlessly scuttle up walls and hang from ceilings but it was doubted that this natural form of adhesion would ever be strong enough to hold the weight of real life Peter Parkers. >> Read the Full Article

Mankind to blame for warming but can slow damage

Mankind is to blame for climate change but governments still have time to slow accelerating damage at moderate cost if they act quickly, a draft U.N. report shows. Underlining the need for speed, it says a European Union goal of holding temperature rises to a maximum 2 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times is almost out of reach. The 21-page study, due for release in November, lays out possible responses to global warming but cautions that some impacts are already inevitable, such as a gradual rise in sea levels that is set to last for centuries. >> Read the Full Article

Oil inches up as investors watch economy

Oil edged higher on Wednesday as investors balanced concern over the health of the U.S. economy against the prospect of declining fuel stocks in the world's top consumer. U.S. crude rose 22 cents to $71.95 a barrel by 1116 GMT (7:16 a.m. EDT) while London Brent was up 21 cents at $70.76. The deepening crisis in U.S. subprime mortgages -- loans made to high-risk borrowers -- has rattled financial markets and knocked U.S. consumer confidence to its lowest level in nearly two years. >> Read the Full Article

Mankind to Blame for Warming but Can Slow Damage, UN Says

Mankind is to blame for climate change but governments still have time to slow accelerating damage at moderate cost if they act quickly, a draft U.N. report shows. Underlining the need for speed, it says a European Union goal of holding temperature rises to a maximum 2 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times is almost out of reach. >> Read the Full Article