Business

As Chinese Living Standards Rise, So Does Demand for Decent Toilets
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

It's an image that Shanghai's aggressively modern leaders want to shed: people rinsing out their chamber pots in alleys in the shadows of ultramodern skyscrapers.

U.N. Official Urges Southeast Europe to Work to Prevent Environment Mining Accidents
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A top United Nations official has urged countries in southeast Europe to take steps to prevent new environmental accidents at mines in the region.

NZ Greens Considering Consumer Boycott over Japan's Plans for Expanded Whale Hunt
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

Green Party lawmakers in Australia and New Zealand are considering urging consumers to boycott Japanese products to protest Tokyo's plan to expand its annual whale hunt, the party's co-leader said Monday.

EarthNews Radio: Bikes to Transit
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Some cities are working to make bicycles a more viable option for commuting, in particular by linking them to public transit.

Chicago Zoo Probed After Three Monkeys Die
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Johnson, Associated Press

The group that accredits U.S. zoos and had been reviewing elephant care at the Lincoln Park Zoo expanded its investigation to the entire facility Thursday after learning three monkeys had died this week, officials said.

Pesticide Appearing in Watershed
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times

Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency moved to phase out homeowner sales of diazinon, a popular lawn insecticide that posed human health risks and had shown up at elevated levels in Seattle-area streams.

Ocean Trade Increasing, Say Participants in Miami, Fla., Trade Conference
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Doreen Hemlock, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ocean trade is growing so fast across the Americas that seaports, railways, roads and other transport systems need to be expanded fast to handle the soaring cargo traffic.

Ameren to Spend up to $1.4 Billion on Pollution Control over Four Years
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Salter, Associated Press

Utility Ameren Corp. plans to spend up to $1.4 billion over the next four years to bring coal-burning power plants in Missouri and Illinois into compliance with federal emissions guidelines.

Gas Prices Starting to Ease
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Gas prices have eased just as the traditional driving season begins in earnest.

Bahrain Adds Sea Horse-Shaped Island to Odd Collection of Manmade Gulf Archipelago
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Adnan Malik, Associated Press

Man-made islands shaped like palm trees and a map of the world are already rising above the turquoise Persian Gulf, and Bahrain said Wednesday it wants to join the craze by building an island of its own -- in the shape of a sea horse.

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