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  • Don't laugh: Lack of toilets signals deadly crisis Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 12:07 PM ET
    An Indian man washes in a toilet complex run by an NGO Sulabh International at a railway station in New Delhi.

    "Think of living in a giant cesspool and you get some idea of the problem," said one expert about the lack of good sanitation for billions of people.

  • Most old tank cars must be phased out, and even new cars will require modifications, the Association of American Railroads said in a letter to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The letter came after a train derailed and exploded in western Alabama on Friday, spilling crude oil into a trackside wetland area.

  • SANTIAGO, Nov 8- Workers at Barrick Gold Corp's suspended Pascua-Lama gold mine in Chile signed a new contract on Friday, dropping a strike threat that could have delayed crucial construction of a water management system, a union leader told Reuters.

  • SANTIAGO, Nov 8- Workers at Barrick Gold Corp's suspended Pascua-Lama gold mine in Chile signed a new contract on Friday, dropping a strike threat that could have delayed crucial construction of a water management system, a union leader told Reuters.

  • *UN conference in Warsaw to seek new emissions pact. GENEVA, Nov 6- Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change hit a new record in 2012, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Wednesday.

  • *Almost 200 nations to meet on climate in Warsaw Nov. 11-22. OSLO/ LONDON, Nov 6- World governments are likely to recoil from plans for an ambitious 2015 climate change deal at talks next week, concern over economic growth at least partially eclipsing scientists' warnings of rising temperatures and water levels.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 6- Gold was struggling to shake off its longest losing streak in nearly six months as doubts persisted over when the U.S. *Gold premiums in India halved on Tuesday from last week because of unusually muted demand during the festival season and as supply was set to improve after some importing agencies began purchasing for domestic use.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 6- Asian stock markets got off to a tentative start on Wednesday after upbeat U.S. data fanned speculation the Federal Reserve could start slowing its asset buying as early as next month, lifting bond yields and the dollar.

  • Iraqi tribes say Lukoil project must fuel better life Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    *Tribes want more jobs, drinkable water. Al-Toraba, BASRA, Iraq, Oct 31- Sheikh Mansour Hamid al-Imara clutches his prayer beads and watches a huge new oil facility nearing completion across the road from his village, hoping that Russian operator Lukoil will offer his poor tribesmen a better way of life.

  • Warning: Many US watersheds failing stress test Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    A new report says that many watersheds in the U.S. are seriously stressed, with demand for water exceeding the natural supply of the resource.

  • A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 8:39 AM ET
    Afghan children, who salvage recyclable items from garbage to make a living, eat a meal of rice in Jalalabad on June 30, 2013.

    An estimated 870 million people suffer from hunger on daily. But the problem isn't that we have too little food, experts say—it's what we do with the food we have.

  • Drought Worsens, Scorching Much of the Country Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 | 3:53 PM ET

    The drought that ravaged much of the U.S. in 2012 shows no sign of letting up in some sections of the country.

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