Health

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.

Experts Link Raw Fish to Liver Cancer in SE Asia
July 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thai researchers have urged people in Southeast Asia to stop eating raw freshwater fish because they risk becoming infected with a parasitic worm that may predispose them to developing liver cancer.

U.S. Warns Citizens over Naples Garbage Crisis
July 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The United States embassy in Rome has warned U.S citizens they may face a health risk in Italy's southern Campania region due to a garbage crisis that has filled streets with piles of rubbish.

China Province Vows Water Clean-Up Even if Economy Hurts
July 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The top official of an eastern Chinese province said he would be willing to sacrifice 15 percent of its booming economic activity to clean a lake beset by pollution-fed algae, state media reported on Monday.

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.

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