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Low oxygen in coastal waters impairs fish reproduction

PORT ARANSAS, Texas�Low oxygen levels in coastal waters interfere with fish reproduction by disrupting the fishes� hormones, a marine scientist from The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute has found. Incidents of seasonal low levels of oxygen, known as hypoxia, have increased dramatically in coastal waters throughout the world over the past few decades, largely as a result of increased run-off from human agricultural and industrial activities. Hypoxia�s long-term impact on marine animal populations is unknown. >> Read the Full Article

Drought Catastrophe Stalks Australia's Food Bowl

MOULAMEIN, Australia - A thin winter green carpets Australia's southeast hills and plains, camouflaging the onset of a drought catastrophe in the nation's food bowl. Sheep and cattle farmer Ian Shippen stands in a dying ankle-high oat crop under a mobile irrigation boom stretching nearly half-a-kilometer, but now useless without water. "I honestly think we're stuffed," he says grimly. >> Read the Full Article

Former President Bill Clinton to Keynote Greenbuild Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote speech of the opening plenary of Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and exposition dedicated to green building, to be held Nov. 7-9, 2007, in Chicago, says the U.S. Green Building Council. >> Read the Full Article

Mexico Seizes Thousands Of Smuggled Turtle Eggs

MEXICO CITY - Mexican police have seized tens of thousands of eggs of endangered turtles from a group of smugglers in the southern state of Oaxaca, where the eggs are a delicacy believed to have aphrodisiac powers. Police arrested six people when a search at a police roadblock near a Oaxacan beach turned up 57,000 Olive Ridley turtle eggs, the government said in a statement on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Experts Say Greenhouse Gases Fueled 2006 US Heat, Not El Nino

WASHINGTON - Greenhouse gas emissions -- not El Nino or other natural phenomena -- pushed U.S. temperatures for 2006 close to a record high, government climate scientists reported on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Obesity Epidemic Grows: Mississippi Worst For Adults, D.C. For Kids

WASHINGTON - Adult obesity rates rose in 31 states last year, according to the fourth annual "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2007" report. The report is assembled by a group called the Trust for America's Health. 22 states experienced an increase for the second year in a row; not one state decreased. A new public opinion survey featured in the report finds 85 percent of Americans believe that obesity is an epidemic. >> Read the Full Article

A Better, Cheaper Way To Make Biofuels: Algae

GILBERT, Ariz. - An Arizona company says they've developed a better, cheaper way to make biofuels, and more of it, from algae. Diversified Energy Corporation has developed a "breakthrough algae production system". The system is called "Simgae", for 'simple algae'. It utilizes common agriculture and irrigation components to produce algae at a fraction of the cost of competing systems. At 1/2 - 1/16th the capital cost, profitable oil production costs at $0.08 - $0.12/pound, and low operations and maintenance requirements, the system offer the biofuels industry access to cheap and readily available oils and starches for the production of biodiesel, ethanol, and other renewable fuels. >> Read the Full Article

Brain Cancer Study: Garlic Kills The Cancer Cells

CHARLESTON, S.C. - For the first time, organo-sulfur compounds found in garlic have been identified as effective against a type of brain tumor called glioblastoma. It's a very serious tumor, equivalent medical experts say, to a death sentence within a short period after diagnosis. >> Read the Full Article

Antarctic Ozone Hole Appears Early, Growing

A hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has appeared earlier than usual in 2007, the United Nations weather agency said on Tuesday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said it would not be clear for several weeks whether the ozone hole, which is expected to continue growing until early October, would be larger than its record size in 2006. "It is still too early to give a definitive statement about the development of this year's ozone hole and the degree of ozone loss that will occur. This will, to a large extent, depend on the meteorological conditions," the Geneva-based agency said. >> Read the Full Article

France promises green World Cup

Solar panels on stadium roofs, recycled pitch-watering systems and fair trade snacks for half time should make the World Cup a model for environmentally friendly sporting events, French officials said on Tuesday.
The competition, which kicks off next week, is expected to generate some 570,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual output of the tournament's Pacific Ocean outsiders Western Samoa. >> Read the Full Article