Bicycling Gains Popularity Even in the Bike-Crazy Netherlands
July 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press
The distance the average Dutch person bicycles every day has increased by nearly 10 percent in the past five years, the country's Central Bureau for Statistics said Monday -- remarkable in a nation already renowned for its love of two-wheeled transport.
Earth Underwhelmed by Environment Pop Extravaganza
July 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Mike Collett-White, Reuters
They rocked the world, but as the clean-up at nine climate change gigs around the globe begins, many wonder if the galaxy of pop stars did much to change it.
China Announces New Plan for Combating Infectious Diseases Outbreaks
July 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Anita Chang, Associated Press
China, criticized for its secretive response in fighting SARS, plans to combat the spread of infectious diseases with better prevention efforts and research, according to a Ministry of Health plan.
Winning Olympic Bid for Sochi Stirs Mixed Emotions for Russian Ecologists
July 5, 2007 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters
Russian environmentalists have greeted Sochi's winning Olympic bid with patriotic pride but also warned that construction plans would destroy part of a protected mountain wilderness.
China Environment Chief Says Pollution Fuelling Unrest
July 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters
Chinese anger with worsening pollution is fuelling increasing protests, the nation's top environmental official said, criticising local governments who he said protected factories turning rivers into "sticky glue".
Environmentalist Tapped To Lead California Air Board
July 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named a veteran environmentalist to lead a pivotal pollution board Tuesday, hoping to defuse criticism that the state is moving too slowly on its landmark legislation against global warming.
World Bank Says Pollution Kills 460,000 Chinese a Year
July 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
About 460,000 Chinese die prematurely each year from breathing polluted air and drinking dirty water, according to a World Bank study.
Asia-Pacific Countries See Effects of Climate Change on Health, Brace for More
July 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Margie Mason, Associated Press
Officials from more than a dozen Asian countries met Tuesday in Malaysia to outline health problems their populations are facing in relation to a rise in global temperatures.
Texas Begins Desalinating Sea Water
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press
On a one-acre site alongside a string of shrimp boats docked on the Brownsville ship channel stands a $2.2 million assembly of pipes, sheds, and humming machinery -- Texas' entree into global efforts to make sea water suitable to drink.
WHO Estimates Smoking Could Kill One Billion this Century
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters
One billion people will die of tobacco-related diseases this century unless governments in rich and poor countries alike get serious about preventing smoking, top World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Monday.