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Toll rises in South Asia floods

Flood victims in eastern India were eating raw wheat flour to survive as devastating monsoon flooding in South Asia continued to spread misery among millions. Nearly 2,000 people have been killed by snake bites, drowning, diarrhea and in house collapses since July when swollen rivers burst their banks, inundating huge areas in eastern India and Bangladesh. >> Read the Full Article

"Momentum building" for new climate deal: U.N.

The United Nations says momentum is building for tougher long-term action to fight global warming beyond the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol and a climate meeting starting in Vienna on Monday will be a crucial part of the process. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Review: Leonardo DiCaprio's "The 11th Hour"

The 11th Hour, a film about, well, us. But unlike previous eco-documentaries, this movie isn't all scolding and end-of-the-world eco-armageddon scenarios. As environmental expert Paul Hawken says with a smile, "What an amazing time to be born. This is the generation that gets to completely change the world and make it an incredible place." >> Read the Full Article

Study: Combating Child Obesity With Gardening

MANHATTAN, Kansas - Researcher Candice Shoemaker thinks she might have an answer to the nation's obesity epidemic in children: gardening. She hopes to show that gardening can promote a healthier lifestyle and combat childhood obesity in several ways. First, Shoemaker said, when children help to grow their own fruits and vegetables, they are more interested in eating them. Also, gardening not only gets children off of the couch and outdoors, but it also counts as physical activity. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists To Launch Polar Grid Research With Massive Computer Network

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Researchers from Indiana University create a cyberinfrastructure that will help scientists better understand the current and future state of polar ice sheets. The Polar Grid project will transform U.S. capabilities in ice sheet research. With this technology, it will be possible to collect, examine and analyze data -- and then use the results of such analysis to optimize data collection strategies -- all during the course of a single expedition. This will help scientists more quickly gain understanding about the potential impact of rising sea levels and how they relate to global climate change, a problem of urgent importance. >> Read the Full Article

France Halts Livestock Movement, Blue Tongue Disease Outbreak Blamed

PARIS - The French Agriculture Ministry said on Saturday it had extended restrictions on livestock movements to 19 regions from 17 following the discovery of two new cases of blue tongue in animals near the German border. >> Read the Full Article

Rave Reviews: Time for Your Weekly Cleansing Ritual

With all the great summer sales and adventures, I'm finding my wallet to be lighter than ever. Indulging in a professional massage sounds like fun, but it's just not in the cards these days (because they are maxed out). My skin, wallet, and psyche have all been saved thanks to the Pangea Organics Facial Mask. >> Read the Full Article

Nearly 2,000 camels die in Saudi, food suspected

RIYADH (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 camels have died in Saudi Arabia from a mystery illness that first appeared two weeks ago, the government said on Saturday, adding that poisoning was a more likely cause than infectious disease. Authorities have been on the lookout for signs of foot-and- mouth disease over the last year. >> Read the Full Article

Midwest U.S. Storms, Floods, Create More Havoc

CHICAGO - Heavy thunderstorms flooded portions of the central United States again on Friday, knocking out the water supply in one Iowa city and disrupting a major transcontinental highway. >> Read the Full Article

Forest Fires Kill 37 in Southern Greece

Massive forest fires swept uncontrolled across Greece for a second day Saturday and killed at least 37 people in the south of the country, including several children, the fire department said. Arson was suspected in several of the more than 170 fires that have blazed since Friday morning. At least 25 of the fires ignited after dark, not close to any of the fires that were already burning, said fire department spokesman Nikos Diamandis. Police and firefighting investigators were heading to the areas. >> Read the Full Article