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EarthTalk: Is There a Connection Between Environmental Toxins and Breast Cancer?

More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States, and 20 percent are likely to die from it. Breast cancers among women have climbed steadily in the United States and other industrialized nations since the 1940s. >> Read the Full Article

Riverside, CA area drivers have fourth-longest average commute in U.S.

Drive times have increased for Riverside commuters who trail only New York, Chicago and Newark for time spent on the road, new census data shows. >> Read the Full Article

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. plans to build China's biggest methanol plant

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. is planning to build with a Chinese chemical company a methanol plant in Chongqing, which will have the biggest production capacity in China, company officials said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Agency to Study Environment in Iraq

Scientists will begin investigating environmental "hot spots" in Iraq as part of a long-term strategy to clean up the country after ten years of war and instability, the U.N. Environment Program said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

ChevronTexaco sells share of Thai exploration block to Mitsui

An affiliate of U.S. oil company ChevronTexaco announced Monday it will sell a share of an offshore oil exploration block in the Gulf of Thailand to Japan's Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. >> Read the Full Article

Despite improvements, Great Lakes plagued by pollution, international panel says

Despite improvements in recent decades, the Great Lakes remain a dumping ground for pollution ranging from livestock waste to mercury emissions, a U.S.-Canadian panel said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

FARM SCENE: Hydroponic sea oats grown in Florida Panhandle to save energy

Thousands of sea oats, so vital for preventing coastal erosion, are being raised in this rural Florida Panhandle community more than 30 miles from the nearest beach and without a speck of sand. >> Read the Full Article

Plastics firm tries again for recycling plant in Kings County, CA

A pioneering plastics company will return to step one on its proposed Hanford project, a recycling plant that is both praised and criticized for its potential environmental impacts. >> Read the Full Article

Engineer Builds Robot That Walks on Water

It could be called a mechanical miracle — a robot that walks on water. >> Read the Full Article

Africa MegaFlyover: Michael Fay and the Human Footprint

Michael Fay is looking distinctly out of place in the lounge of a huge Westcliff Ridge house surrounded by beautiful objects of high Western culture. He's dressed in a slightly misshapen red sweater, khaki shorts, and sandals. It turns out he's been sleeping on the lawn. It's midwinter; this is Johannesburg, South Africa; and there are still traces of frost on the grass. >> Read the Full Article