Hurricane Katrina evacuees housed in toxic trailers by the US Government. High levels of formaldehyde found in trailers provided to Hurricane Katrina evacuees on the Gulf Coast probably resulted from cheap wood and poor ventilation in designs used by manufacturers under permissive government standards, federal scientists reported yesterday. — The Washington Post

Giant catfish suffocates on soccer ball. A giant catfish died trying to eat a soccer ball and was found floating in a river with the ball wedged in its large snout. “Whether the fish was swept up in the current excitement about football in the wake of the EURO 2008 championship could not be ascertained,” said Bavarian Police. — Spiegel Online

Penguins across the world in trouble. A new study has found “penguin populations are plummeting due to climate change, pollution and other factors like fish stock depletion and loss of breeding habitat.” — DeSmogBlog

G8 nations lagging on climate change. The United States, Canada and Russia are especially behind in their climate change pledges. “The “G8 Climate Scorecards,” compiled by environmental group WWF and Allianz, said Britain, France and Germany — at the top of the rankings — had failed abysmally to implement measures to back the goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions.” — Reuters

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