Health

Ex-EPA Chief Confronts Critics in Congress over Safe-Air Statements after 9/11
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

Ex-EPA chief Christie Whitman was bombarded by boos and a host of accusations Monday at a hearing into her assurances that it had been safe to breathe the air around the fallen World Trade Center.

San Francisco Bans Bottled Water for City Staff
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thirsty San Francisco city workers will no longer have bottled water to drink under an order by Mayor Gavin Newsom, who says it costs too much, worsens pollution and is no better than tap water.

EPA Proposes Tougher Smog Standards
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Pollution standards are too weak to protect people from the air they breathe, the EPA's chief declared Thursday. He recommended tougher limits on the smog that makes children cough and asthmatics wheeze from Los Angeles to Houston to New York.

New US-Vietnam Effort Launched To Deal with Toxic Agent Orange Legacy
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A new U.S.-Vietnamese humanitarian effort is being launched to deal with the legacy of Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide that U.S. troops sprayed across Vietnam during the war.

Geese Get Revenge: Paté May Cause Rare Disease
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Geese force-fed and then slaughtered for their livers may get their final revenge on people who favor the delicacy known as foie gras: It may transmit a little-known disease known as amyloidosis, researchers reported Monday.

Generations Later, Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange Lives on in Vietnam
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Stocking, Associated Press

More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the poisonous legacy of Agent Orange has emerged anew with a scientific study that has found extraordinarily high levels of health-threatening contamination at the former U.S. air base at Danang.

Reducing Environmental Risks Could Save Millions of Lives Annually
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Veronika Oleksyn, Associated Press

Tackling air pollution, contaminated drinking water and other environmental problems could save millions of lives annually around the world, the World Health Organization said in a report Wednesday.

New York Politician Not Happy with Staten Island Landfill-Themed Ice Cream
June 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

One New York City politician apparently does not have a sweet tooth for a locally made vanilla ice cream with brownie chunks and cherries. That is because the ice cream in question, marketed under the name "Staten Island Landfill," is "insulting and derogatory," Staten Island borough president James Molinaro wrote in a letter on his Web site

Death Toll from Bangladesh Mudslides, Lightning Reaches 105
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Osman Gani Mansur, Associated Press

A torrent of mudslides, flooding and lightning killed at least 105 people and left scores more missing as the annual monsoon rains hit Bangladesh, washing away shanties and inundating cities, officials said Tuesday.

U.N. Seeks to Conserve Genetic Resources
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

The United Nations is stepping up its campaign to conserve the world's genetic resources so crops and animals can adapt to global warming and other challenges, focusing on fish for the first time since fish are increasingly being bred to meet the world's food needs.

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