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Food safety: How to keep our global menu off the recall list.

As the food recall list grows and food imports flood into the US, is it time to revamp America's 70-year-old laws on food safety?

Food safety: 'Made in China' attracts the long arm of the FDA.

With only two inspectors in China, the FDA has little food-safety enforcement power but definite influence on food made in China for import to the US.

Rubbish crisis making us ill, say Naples residents.

A dump was opened last year on the outskirts of Naples as a stop-gap solution for rubbish from Italy's third largest city, where organised crime, inefficiency and political opportunism have turned waste disposal into a chronic emergency.

Gold rush brings wealth but kills 400 children in Nigeria.

Ibrahim Bello says extracting gold from the ground can earn him $23 (£15) in two hours – more than subsistence farmers hereabouts make in two months. But many are in denial about its devastating consequences.

Cholera reaches Haiti capital, 220 dead around country.

An epidemic of cholera that has ravaged northern and central Haiti killing 220 people has reached the country's densely populated capital, according to UN health officials.

Should BP's money go where the oil didn't?

Oil from the BP spill never came close to most of Florida's beaches, but tourists seemed to be scared off anyway. Businesses blame BP, and want restitution for lost revenue.

U.S. looking to emulate British oil and gas safety strategy.

Britain has reduced risks by putting the onus and the legal and financial responsibility on oil and gas companies to determine what could go wrong, then show regulators how they would avoid or fix any problem.

GOP victory may be defeat for climate change policy.

Conservatives in Congress are turning against the science behind climate change. That means if Republicans take control this November, there's little hope for climate change policy.

Clean energy industry looks ahead.

The billions in federal stimulus dollars spent on expanding "green energy" industries and creating "green jobs" have provided a lifeline for U.S. wind and solar companies, but renewable-energy executives are worried that the future will not be as promising.

Power from poop? It's on its way.

It's foul and untouchable, but also packed with energy and endless in supply. Human waste may well become North Carolina's leading animal source of green fuel for generating electricity.

Parents voice health concerns.

After a fracking well was placed near Argyle High School, complaints began to be voiced about student health problems, including dizziness, disorientation and nausea.

US research on effects of radiation on humans takes place in Richland.

A unique collection of organs and tissue samples in Richland gives scientists the opportunity to learn about the effects of radioactivity on the human body.

Ethane could bring back Chemical Valley.

Some experts believe development of the Marcellus Shale could result in the rebirth of West Virginia's chemical industry.

Ministers plan huge sell off of Britain's forests.

Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, is expected to announce plans within days to dispose of about half of the 748,000 hectares of woodland overseen by the Forestry Commission by 2020.

Hurricanes may raise fetal distress risk.

Exposure to hurricanes while still in the womb may increase risk of fetal distress, which can cause long-range health problems after birth, new research reveals.

Haze highlights weak ASEAN cooperation: Analysts.

Just a week after Southeast Asia hailed "substantive progress" against cross-border air pollution, Singapore and parts of Malaysia are again being blanketed by smog from forest fires in Indonesia.

Think twice before eating them daily.

Urban dwellers in New Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata are said to consume fruits with high doses of harmful pesticide residues in them. The dosage exceeds the permissible limits.

Kalane villagers want independent probe into Maharashtra illegal mining.

Villagers of Kalane in Maharashtra's coastal district who have been battling a mining firm for the past two years have demanded a neutral panel of experts to assess the environmental damage and alleged irregularities by the firm.

Kemps Creek ruled out as waste dump.

The NSW state government has backed out of using Sydney's west as a dumping ground for radioactive waste after community opposition.

48 illegal mines shuttered in Colombia in past 3 months.

Forty-eight illegal mines have been closed down in Colombia since August, 18 of them in "the last few hours," Environment Minister Beatriz Uribe has said.
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