Health

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.

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.

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