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Plea To Stop Squabbles Ends Greenland Climate Talks

Representatives of 23 nations deeply split about how to combat global warming ended talks in Greenland on Friday with a plea from the host to stop years of squabbling and take urgent action. >> Read the Full Article

Need More Research on Environmental Chemical Exposure -- A Guest Commentary

Most of us are pretty strict about what we put in our bodies. But whether we like it or not, the blood of every human being on the planet contains trace elements of industrial chemicals - most of which weren't even invented a century ago. >> Read the Full Article

Ship Zones Recommended to Help Whales

Scientists are recommending speed zones for ship traffic as one way to help to help the endangered North Atlantic right whale population. Whale experts studying the right whale in the Bay of Fundy this summer said that while there are more calves than usual, too many of the slow-moving leviathans are being killed in ship collisions. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Says Summer Smog Problem Easing in East

Ozone levels are falling in 19 Eastern states where smog has been a recurring problem in summer, helping improve air quality for a third of the nation's population, the Environmental Protection Agency says. >> Read the Full Article

Spanish Surfers' Paradise Loses Its Wave

U.S. surfer Mike Dobos emigrated to this tiny Basque village just to ride its wave. Eight years later, one of the most famous waves in the world has disappeared. Surfers are convinced the wave disappeared because the estuary was dredged in 2003 to make way for a newly built ship. The sand was used to restore a huge dune nearby and provide a home for endangered plants, and birds such as plovers. >> Read the Full Article

World Health Organization Says Dirty Air a Regular Killer in Asia

A smoky haze that shrouded parts of Southeast Asia this month, forcing schools and businesses to close, is just one element of an air pollution problem that kills hundreds of thousands of people in the region annually, the World Health Organization said. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesia Says Haze-Causing Fires Mostly Out -- But Underground Blazes Threaten Tigers

Nearly all of the Indonesian brush fires that blanketed neighboring Malaysia with acrid, choking smoke have been put out, but underground fires are still burning in peat soil, Indonesia said. The peat fires threaten a nearby 60,000-hectare (148,260-acre) conservation zone for Sumatran tigers, as well as a protected forest. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Declare Victory Over Judge's Order To Step Up Wolf Preservation Efforts in Northeast

A federal judge Friday ordered the Bush administration to step up efforts to restore the gray wolf to four northeastern states, a ruling environmentalists called a major victory. "The wolves are howlin'" in celebration, said Patrick Parenteau, director of the environmental law clinic at Vermont Law School. >> Read the Full Article

Global Chemical Contamination Threatens Child Development

(By Vicki Wolf) As if cancer, an epidemic of childhood asthma and heart disease weren't enough reasons to take precautionary action regarding pollution of the air water and soil, global chemical contamination now threatens the talent and intelligence of future generations. Concern is growing worldwide over the long-term health effects of chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Exposure to POPs is shifting the IQ of the population downward – more developmentally-challenged people and fewer gifted people, according to Lynn Goldman, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University pediatrician and epidemiologist. >> Read the Full Article

Fugitive L.A. Alligator Becomes Local Folk Hero

More than a week after a man-sized alligator stunned authorities by surfacing in a murky Los Angeles lake, the fugitive reptile has already become a folk hero in the gritty neighborhood where he continues to outwit wranglers and elude capture. >> Read the Full Article