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WHO Estimates Smoking Could Kill One Billion this Century

One billion people will die of tobacco-related diseases this century unless governments in rich and poor countries alike get serious about preventing smoking, top World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Nuclear Energy Hot Topic Once Again

Thanks to global warming, nuclear energy is hot again. Its promise of abundant, carbon emissions-free power is being pushed by the president and newly considered by environmentalists. But any expansion won't come cheap or easy. >> Read the Full Article

Plant Lovers Want Nurseries To Stop Selling Invasive Plants that Threaten Environment

Environmental groups hope to slow the spread of decorative but invasive plants by persuading nurseries to stop selling them and instead promote native species. >> Read the Full Article

Live Earth Concerts To Deliver Climate SOS, Gore Says

Former Vice President Al Gore Thursday urged people worldwide to pressure their governments to cut global warming pollution by 90 percent in developed countries and by more than half worldwide by 2050. >> Read the Full Article

Logging Plan Halted for National Forest in Kentucky over Environmental Objections

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it was ending a plan to sell timber in a Kentucky national forest and would consider environmental groups' objections if the project is taken up in the future. >> Read the Full Article

Shipping Lanes Into Boston Moved To Protect Whales

Ships steaming into Boston harbor will soon shift course to avoid whales in the first change of U.S. shipping lanes to protect an endangered species. >> Read the Full Article

Indian Plan To Lease Degraded Forests Sparks Anger

A plan to lease out India's degraded jungles to pulp and paper companies has sparked criticism from activists who say the scheme will leave millions of poor forest dwellers homeless and with no livelihood. >> Read the Full Article

Australian Crews Plan Second Bid To Float Beached Freighter

Salvage crews planned a second attempt to free a coal freighter carrying hundreds of thousands of liters (gallons) of fuel oil from a sandbar after two tow lines snapped in a failed bid overnight, officials said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

A Tale of Two Tahoes: Tourists on Beaches; Elsewhere, Destruction

A measure of normalcy began to return to this resort community Thursday, even as crews battled an unpredictable mountain wildfire for a fifth day. Sunbathers ventured to some beaches, and the smoke lurking in the mountains largely cleared. >> Read the Full Article

Desertification a Threat, According to UN Report

Desertification represents one of the "greatest environmental challenge of our times" and could set off mass migrations of people fleeing degraded homelands, a United Nations report warned Thursday. >> Read the Full Article