State Accuses U.S. Companies of Making, Selling Lead Paint
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Andrew Welsch-Huggins, Associated Press
Ohio's attorney general filed suit against 10 major U.S. chemical companies and paint makers, accusing them of continuing to make and sell lead paint while knowing it presented health hazards.
Fame Hurts Valley of Eternal Youth in Ecuador
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Alonso Soto, Reuters
These days, the famous elders of Vilcabamba are dying at a younger age, the result of the stresses of modern life brought by the scores of tourists and health buffs who flock here in search of eternal youth.
Giant Sunflower, Hot Wax Are Climate-Change Art
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Hilary Burke, Reuters
A giant metal sunflower stands atop a wind-swept hill in the world's southernmost city, an artistic statement gauging and protesting climate change near the ends of the Earth.
Chernobyl Radiation Equal to Everyday Risks, Study Finds
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Hirschler, Reuters
The risk of survivors of the Chernobyl accident dying early is far less than supposed, ranking about the same as exposure to air pollution or passive smoking, according to new research published on Tuesday.
Australia Tells EU To Do More on Emissions
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters
Australia called on the European Union on Tuesday to do more to cut its own greenhouse emissions before lecturing Kyoto sceptics Australia and the United States about climate change.
Mongolia Reindeer Herders Threatened by Modern World
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Luke Distelhorst, Reuters
North of nowhere and high above the pristine, alpine Khovsgol Lake in the forests of northern Mongolia, the Gansukh family sits in their teepee home while their reindeer graze outside.
Seafood Poisoning on the Rise as Oceans Become Warmer, More Polluted
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
Experts estimate that up to 50,000 people worldwide suffer ciguatera poisoning each year, with more than 90 percent of cases unreported. Scientists say the risks are getting worse, because of damage that pollution and global warming are inflicting on the coral reefs where many fish species feed.
New Federal Chemical Rules Will Not Override Tougher State Rules
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Beverly Lumpkin, Associated Press
New federal rules giving the Bush administration authority for the first time to regulate and even shut down chemical plants will not overrule stricter state rules already in place, according to a letter sent Sunday to lawmakers by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Mercury in Energy-Saving Bulbs Worries Scientists
March 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Lisa Von Ahn, Reuters
There's an old joke about the number of people it takes to change a light bulb. But because the newer energy-efficient kinds contain tiny amounts of mercury, the hard part is getting rid of them when they burn out.
Chinese Hunger for Reef Fish Emptying Asian Seas
March 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Nao Nakanishi, Reuters
Turquoise fish with red dots stare at hungry tourists from a tank at a restaurant in Hong Kong, the capital of the world's live reef fish industry, a lucrative trade devastating reefs across the Pacific Ocean.