Health

Take Off Your Tie to Help the Planet, Italy Says
July 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Want to help fight global warming? Take off your tie, says the Italian health ministry. It has urged employers to let their staff dress casually at work in the summer so the air conditioning can be turned down.

New China Algae Outbreak Threatens Water Supplies
July 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

An outbreak of blue algae in a Chinese reservoir has left nearly 25,000 people without water and 100,000 others with reduced supplies, state media said on Wednesday of the latest in a series of water pollution scares.

Waste Drums Tipped at Nuke Plant after Deadly Japan Quake; Thousands Evacuate Quake Zone
July 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Eric Talmadge, Associated Press

A powerful earthquake tipped over barrels of nuclear waste at a power plant and officials on Tuesday were investigating whether there were any radioactive leaks, a day after they said the quake had caused the reactor to spill radioactive water into the sea.

China Says World Bank's Death-By-Pollution Figures Are Baseless
July 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

World Bank estimates of hundreds of thousands of premature Chinese deaths each year from polluted air and water are baseless, a vice minister of China's State Environmental Protection Administration said on Tuesday.

Common Barn Owl, Enemy to Rodents, Unites Israeli, Jordanian Farmers
July 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Winograd, Associated Press

To the world, the symbol of peace may be a dove, but to farmers on either side of the Jordan, it's Tyto alba, the common barn owl. Dozens of Jordanians are working in cooperation with Israeli colleagues, targeting rodents with this natural predator instead of with chemicals.

EU Tightens Controls on Waste Shipments
July 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union tightened controls on shipments of waste Thursday aiming to prevent the dumping of toxic products blamed for causing health and environmental problems in Africa and Asia.

China Hits Back at Defiant Polluters
July 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has frozen planned industrial projects in cities and regions across eight provinces and vowed to clean up its lakes after finding many factories blackening waterways in defiance of a crackdown on pollution.

Package Pilgrims Destroying the Himalayas
July 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Sheikh Mushtaq, Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims flocking to holy sites in the Himalayas are fouling fragile mountain ecosystems with rubbish, human waste, air pollution and the deforestation that comes with development.

U.S. Confirms Low-Risk Gird Flu in Virginia Turkeys
July 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Turkeys at a farm in Virginia had antibodies to a low-risk strain of bird flu but direct evidence of infection has not been found, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

EPA Investigating Whether Radioactive Waste Was Buried at Pollution-Plagued Camp Lejeune
July 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Estes Thompson, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether cancer-causing radioactive material was buried in the 1980s near a rifle range at Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps' primary base on the Atlantic Ocean.

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