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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

Mexico Dreams of Challenging China in Bamboo Market

It can be used to build homes and make deodorant, clothes, and paper. Some industries fuel ovens with it. The Aztecs made flutes out of it. >> Read the Full Article

World Unprepared for Avian Flu, Experts Warn

The current U.S. flu vaccine shortage shows perfectly how poorly the world is prepared to handle the next global epidemic of influenza, health experts said Sunday. >> Read the Full Article

China Bans Imports of Scrap Electronics in Bid to Clean Up Environment

China is banning imports of used television sets and other electronic scrap in a bid to clean up its environment, complaining that the United States, Japan, and others are using it as a dumping ground, a government newspaper said recently. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Says DOE's Radioactive Waste Shipments to New Mexico Facility Broke Rules

The Department of Energy shipped at least 602 drums of plutonium waste to New Mexico in violation of Environmental Protection Agency rules, according to documents obtained by the Journal. >> Read the Full Article