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Cloudy with a chance of chaos. A disturbing consensus is emerging among the scientists who study global warming: Climate change may bring more violent swings than they ever thought, and it may set in sooner. Fortune

Oceans becoming more acidic than when dinosaurs died. Increased carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere are rapidly making the world's oceans so acidic they could cause a mass extinction of marine life similar to one that occurred 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs disappeared. Agence France-Presse

Water shortage eats into family budgets. The prolonged drought in Kenya is affecting families in many ways, including increased water and food prices, which are sending the poorer members of the community spiraling into debt. Nairobi Nation, Kenya.

Clemenceau case may doom Indian shipbreaking. India's struggling shipbreakers fear doom for their industry if tighter environmental laws are introduced in the wake of the controversy over an asbestos-laden French aircraft carrie Agence France-Presse

US ranks 28th on environment, a new study says. The study ranked the US 28th over all, behind most of Western Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Chile, but ahead of Russia and South Korea. New York Times [Registration Required]

Alternative energy sources: Food, and fuel, for thought. Thousands of British motorists have chosen to run their vehicles on waste vegetable-oil from pubs and restaurants, or pure oil off the shop shelf. London Independent, England.

An answer to waste worries? Chicken executives have been talking up manure burning for more than two decades. Now a Delmarva company says it has solved the technical barriers. Washington Post [Registration Required]

Venturing off the grid. Living off the grid is increasingly mainstream and propelled by Americans' desire to eliminate electric bills, keep homes juiced during blackouts, minimize U.S. dependence on fossil fuel and, for activists, send a gesture of defiance to the power companies. San Francisco Chronicle, California.

Halliburton cited in Iraq contamination. Water supplied to a U.S. base in Iraq was contaminated and the contractor in charge, Halliburton, failed to tell troops and civilians at the facility, according to internal documents from the company and interviews with former Halliburton officials. Associated Press

Capturing Flats' bad air in a bucket. The citizen-initiated stink patrol aims to clean up the dirty air rising from the Cuyahoga Valley, Cleveland's industrial heart and the birthplace of Standard Oil. Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio.

Change makes air cleaner, on paper anyway. By 2008, more than 50 tons of industrial toxins could disappear from the Roanoke and New River valleys. The hazardous chemicals won't actually go away. They just won't show up on the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory anymore. Roanoke Times, Virginia.

US asbestos developments add controversy over bill. Progress in curbing asbestos suits at the state level and fewer claims at one of the biggest existing trusts has some questioning the need for a $140 billion national compensation fund. Reuters

Toxic waters provide 'a snapshot of evolution'. The waters of New Bedford Harbor, Mass., sparkle on sunny days. But beneath the bay's gleaming surface lies one of the most toxic environments in the nation. Washington Post [Registration Required]

Toxic spill into river ‘covered up’. A month and 12 days after it happened, the government has announced an investigation into a “large release” of the environmental pollutant and carcinogenic toxin Chrome-6 into the Crocodile River. Johannesburg Citizen, South Africa.

In a fast-growing county, sprawl teaches hard lessons. The growing pains of Loudoun, the nation's fastest-growing county in the past five years, not only has residents up in arms, but have also drawn the attention of land-use experts across the United States. Christian Science Monitor

Top secret Ford plan: Recyclable vehicles. The automaker has begun a secret research project in hopes of producing recyclable, environmentally friendly cars of the future. Detroit News, Michigan.

Behind levees, what's real risk? That disconnect between actual risk and federal insurance rules has been raised repeatedly by flood experts who contend there's something seriously wrong with the way America thinks about flooding. Sacramento Bee, California.

How safe are diet supplements? FDA regulation is weak, so private watchdogs are stepping in. Business Week

Zero guilt? Trans fats may be worse for the heart than saturated fats — some estimate twice as worse, or even as much as 10 times worse. Los Angeles Times, California. [Registration Required]



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