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Arctic Melt Accelerates, Governments Split

A thaw of the Arctic icecap is accelerating because of global warming, but nations in the region including the United States are deadlocked about how to stop it. >> Read the Full Article

Senegal's Cholera Epidemic Spreads with 400 Cases, Two Fatal

A cholera epidemic in the capital of this West African nation was spreading Tuesday, with 400 cases reported and two deaths so far, health officials said. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentally Friendly Building Methods Spread in Nebraska

Signs of "green," or environmentally friendly, building methods in Nebraska: >> Read the Full Article

New Methods Control Bugs Without Drugs, Say Researchers

Pitting one germ against the other, researchers said this week that they had developed at least two new methods of fighting infection without the use of antibiotics. >> Read the Full Article

San Antonio Fuel-Cell Forum Energizes Experts Seeking to Lessen Oil Dependency

In these times of rising gasoline prices and global warming, energy experts are meeting this week in San Antonio with the aim of harnessing hydrogen power to lessen the world's dependence on oil. >> Read the Full Article

Nigerian Unions Vote for General Strike on Nov. 16

Nigerian unions decided on recently to hold an indefinite general strike on Nov. 16 to protest against rising fuel prices in the world's eighth largest oil exporter. >> Read the Full Article

Greenpeace Accuses Hong Kong of Downplaying Air Pollution

Greenpeace on Monday accused the Hong Kong government of downplaying air pollution in the territory by setting the acceptable level of certain pollutants too high. >> Read the Full Article

About 65 Families Are Still Evacuated Because of Last Week's Chemical Spill in West Virginia

About 65 families remained out of their homes Monday as crews worked to clean up the remnants of 22,000 gallons of hazardous chemicals that spilled last week from a railroad tanker. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: What Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? And Should It Be Avoided?

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a synthetic detergent known for its ability to generate a sudsy lather. As a result, the beauty and cosmetics products industry has long used it as a key component in shampoos and other personal care products, citing consumer desire for a foamy bath and shower experience. >> Read the Full Article

California Town Known for Roses Fears Scent of Another Kind

The pride of this farming town tucked into the southern end of California's San Joaquin Valley is a crop not usually linked to one of the nation's most fertile agricultural regions. >> Read the Full Article