Health

African ministers say share water to combat hunger
December 18, 2008 10:57 AM - Reuters

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - African states lack the resources to deal alone with climate change and must share water better to feed growing populations, government ministers said at a water conference in Libya on Wednesday. The world's poorest continent has failed to feed a fast-growing population due to under-investment, bad farm management and more frequent droughts and floods, leaving it hooked on food imports.

New Report Shows Need for Strong FDA Advice about Mercury in Fish
December 16, 2008 09:02 AM - Oceana

Washington, DC -- Real people have been sickened by mercury in fish according to a new report released today, demonstrating the importance of strong FDA advice about mercury in fish. The new report, Over the Limit, shares stories like those of Dan Deeter, Will Smith and Wendy Moro, who each ate enough store-bought fish to suffer mercury's effects, according to their physicians. From New Jersey to Wisconsin to California, these stories show that seafood contamination is a very real problem that should not be ignored.

Darfur conflict ravages environment
December 10, 2008 09:37 AM - Reuters

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's Darfur conflict has devastated the environment in the region, stripping forests and destroying farmland, according to a U.N. report. People caught up in the five-year crisis have cut down large areas of woodland, partly to feed a booming war-fueled construction industry, said a report by the U.N.'s Environment Program (UNEP) seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Petition launched for suspended South African water expert
December 8, 2008 09:11 AM - , SciDevNet

Scientists and NGOs have launched a petition calling for the reinstatement of a respected South African water expert who has been suspended from his job at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Anthony Turton, a fellow of CSIR, was suspended after criticising both the council and the government for failing to address the impending water crisis in the country. The petitioners have called his suspension an "attempted silencing of the truth about South Africa's water crisis" and a "major attack on the constitutional right to freedom of expression".

AMA meeting: Global warming has health toll, delegates warn
November 24, 2008 08:52 AM - http://www.ama-assn.org

Orlando, Fla. -- Most climate scientists say the Earth is getting hotter and that human activity is speeding up the process. At its Interim Meeting in November, the AMA House of Delegates agreed with the scientific consensus.

Key African countries 'not keeping health research promises'
November 18, 2008 07:49 AM - , SciDevNet

[BAMAKO] Several key African countries have done "very little" to invest in health research since pledging to do so at a world meeting of health and science ministers in Mexico four years ago, say critics. But others – including Tanzania, Rwanda and Mali – have made significant progress in investing in their health research.

Offsetting Bush's Green Legacy: Advice for No. 44
November 4, 2008 09:29 AM - Time

There is no shortage of people eager to see President George W. Bush hit the road — his approval rating hovers at 25% — but few will celebrate the end of the Bush era more than environmentalists.

California Sets Up Toxic Chemicals Registry
November 3, 2008 10:53 AM - , BuildingGreen

Under two new laws, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has until 2011 to develop a process for identifying and evaluating potentially dangerous chemicals and to set up a searchable online database where consumers can find information on chemicals.

HIV awareness goes mobile
October 30, 2008 10:42 AM - , SciDevNet

Text messages will be sent to mobile phones in South Africa to encourage people to be tested and treated for HIV/AIDS.

Canada keeps asbestos off trade blacklist: MP
October 30, 2008 09:58 AM - Reuters

Asbestos, the highly toxic fire retarding mineral, will not be placed on a global blacklist and will be freely traded for at least the next three years, a Canadian parliamentarian said on Thursday. Pressure from major producer Canada and several developing country importers will prevent diplomats meeting in Rome this week from adding chrysotile asbestos to a list of substances recognized as particularly hazardous, Pat Martin told Reuters.

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