Health

Fecal Bacteria on Rise in Louisiana Bayous
May 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Fecal coliform bacteria, found in human and animal waste, has grown to unsafe levels in some Terrebonne and Lafourche parish area bayous. The bacteria get into local waterways because of nearby cattle farms, the high number of nutria that live in marshes and bayous, and from clogged septic systems at private homes.

Yangtze River at Risk of Bank Collapses
May 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The banks of China's massive Yangtze river, a lifeline for tens of millions of people, are at risk of collapse, a state-run newspaper reported Monday.

Japan Moves To Cut Air Pollution in Big Cities
May 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japan's parliament approved legislation Friday to cut vehicle pollution around hotels, theaters and offices in major cities by requiring builders to project air pollutant emissions and submit plans for their reduction.

Report Finds Bottled Water Has High Environmental Costs
May 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Bottled water, the world's fastest growing beverage, carries a heavy environmental cost, adding plastic to landfills and putting pressure on natural springs, the author of a new report said Thursday.

75-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Skis to North Pole; First Black Woman Believed To Make Trip
May 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Meghan Barr, Associated Press

The bone-numbing trek to the North Pole is riddled with enough perils to make a seasoned explorer quake: Frostbite threatens, polar bears loom and the ice is constantly shifting beneath frozen feet. But Barbara Hillary took it all in stride, completing the trek to the world's northernmost point last month at the age of 75.

Indigenous Peru Group Threatens To Sue Occidental
May 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Bernie Woodall, Reuters

Indigenous Achuar communities of Peru who claim that pollution resulting from the production of oil harmed their way of life and damaged their health Thursday threatened to sue Occidental Petroleum Corp.

Arctic Leaders Blame Warming for Wolves, Suicide
May 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Global warming sent marauding wolves into an Alaskan hamlet, killed Norwegian reindeer with unlikely parasites and may even spur suicide among Inuit youth, Arctic leaders said Thursday.

Honeybee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet.

Beijing Car Ban Cut Air Pollutant by 40 Percent, Study Shows
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

When officials in Beijing kept about 800,000 cars off the road for three days last year, it cut the amount of nitrogen oxide air pollution almost instantly by about 40 percent, scientists reported Monday.

U.S. Air Pollution: Less Smog, but More Soot in East
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The United States is less smoggy than it used to be, but dangerous soot particles are rising in the densely populated eastern part of the country, the American Lung Association reported Tuesday.

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