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San Francisco Leaders to Consider a Ban on Plastic Grocery Bags
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Lisa Leff, Associated Press
Six San Francisco supervisors want the city to prohibit large grocers from giving out plastic bags, which are blamed for eating up fossil fuel, littering streets and choking wildlife.
U.S. and Canada Agree on Joint Label for Herbicide Imports under NAFTA Label
March 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Blake Nicholson, Associated Press
Environmental regulators in the United States and Canada have developed a joint label for farm chemicals that officials say could save American farmers millions of dollars.
Scientists Seek Medical Benefits of Coca
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Dan Keane, Associated Press
Cuban scientists are studying the possible medicinal benefits of the coca leaf, a Bolivian official said Tuesday, signaling a possible expansion of President Evo Morales' plans to develop more legal products from a plant that is the chief ingredient of cocaine.
As Biofuels Boom, Will More Go Hungry?
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Ruth Gidley, Reuters
Using plants to feed our fuel needs may be a great idea, and the biofuel goldrush could be a moneyspinner for several poor countries, but some experts warn people may go hungry as food prices rise.
The Real Thing? Organic German Soda Goes Global
March 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Kristina Pezzei, Reuters
Is the world ready for an organic soft drink brewed in Germany? With consumers increasingly concerned about wellness and quality, the makers of an all-natural fizzy soft drink called Bionade are planning a foray into new territories.
U.S. Aid Sanctions Turn Taps Off Critical Palestinian Water, Wastewater Projects
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Amy Teibel, Associated Press
One slip, and Issa Abu Shakr's 5-year-old nephew plunged into the fetid stream of sewage that flows outside the family's West Bank home. The contact with the filthy water required multiple blood transfusions and a 10-day hospital stay, Abu Shakr says.
Global Warming Is Human Rights Issue, Nobel Nominee Says
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
It sounds like a sick joke about global warming, with a series of horrible punch lines: How hot is it? So hot that Inuit people around the Arctic Circle are using air conditioners for the first time. And running out of the hard-packed snow they need to build igloos. And falling through melting ice when they hunt.
Diesel Soot Filters Urged to Protect U.S. Commuters
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters
Filters should be placed on millions of old diesel engines to protect Americans who breathe large amounts of lung-and-heart-damaging soot particles during their daily commutes, according to a clean air group.
Arctic Inuit Argue U.S. Pollution Devastates Centuries-Old Hunting Traditions
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press
The shrinking Arctic ice cap already is forcing the polar bear, seal and walrus to migrate farther north in search of solid ice. Inuit hunters report painful scenes of stranded walrus and seal pups left to die on floating ice because their mothers are too heavy to share the rafts.
Oscars for Gore Film Could Spur Action on Climate
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
The double Oscar win for "An Inconvenient Truth," former Vice President Al Gore's expanded slide-show on global warming, could spur grassroots support for the fight against climate change, environmental advocates said Monday.