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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

Aid Workers Battle Cholera in Northern Uganda

Aid workers are battling a cholera outbreak that has killed three people and infected at least 79 others in a camp for displaced persons in northern Uganda, the United Nations said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Winslow, Maine Inventor Finds Market for Biodegradable Potato-Based Packaging

Elie Helou Jr. grew up in war-torn Lebanon in the 1970s. Bombs and bullets destroyed his home and his father's winery. He and his family would hunker down for months at a time in abandoned school buildings, not daring to venture out for fear of getting killed. >> Read the Full Article

Thailand Braces for More Bird Flu Outbreaks

Thailand, where 12 people have died in the bird flu epidemic, is braced for more outbreaks of the deadly virus as the weather cools in the next few weeks and migratory wildfowl arrive, a cabinet minister said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Young Adults from 14 Caribbean Countries Gather Material for Environmental Book

Young adults from 14 Caribbean countries recently finished gathering material for a book on the environment they hope will get more young people involved in protection efforts. >> Read the Full Article