Health

China Announces New Plan for Combating Infectious Diseases Outbreaks
July 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Anita Chang, Associated Press

China, criticized for its secretive response in fighting SARS, plans to combat the spread of infectious diseases with better prevention efforts and research, according to a Ministry of Health plan.

Winning Olympic Bid for Sochi Stirs Mixed Emotions for Russian Ecologists
July 5, 2007 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

Russian environmentalists have greeted Sochi's winning Olympic bid with patriotic pride but also warned that construction plans would destroy part of a protected mountain wilderness.

China Environment Chief Says Pollution Fuelling Unrest
July 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

Chinese anger with worsening pollution is fuelling increasing protests, the nation's top environmental official said, criticising local governments who he said protected factories turning rivers into "sticky glue".

Environmentalist Tapped To Lead California Air Board
July 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named a veteran environmentalist to lead a pivotal pollution board Tuesday, hoping to defuse criticism that the state is moving too slowly on its landmark legislation against global warming.

World Bank Says Pollution Kills 460,000 Chinese a Year
July 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

About 460,000 Chinese die prematurely each year from breathing polluted air and drinking dirty water, according to a World Bank study.

Asia-Pacific Countries See Effects of Climate Change on Health, Brace for More
July 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Margie Mason, Associated Press

Officials from more than a dozen Asian countries met Tuesday in Malaysia to outline health problems their populations are facing in relation to a rise in global temperatures.

Texas Begins Desalinating Sea Water
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

On a one-acre site alongside a string of shrimp boats docked on the Brownsville ship channel stands a $2.2 million assembly of pipes, sheds, and humming machinery -- Texas' entree into global efforts to make sea water suitable to drink.

WHO Estimates Smoking Could Kill One Billion this Century
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Cropley, Reuters

One billion people will die of tobacco-related diseases this century unless governments in rich and poor countries alike get serious about preventing smoking, top World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Monday.

Indian Thriller To Prick Conscience on Poaching
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Tony Tharakan, Reuters

An Oscar-nominated filmmaker will exhort Indians to conserve wildlife with a new film, but the message is contained in a racy thriller set in a famous tiger sanctuary instead of in a preachy documentary.

EU Takes Action Against Italy Over Naples Waste Crisis
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The European Commission took legal action against Italy on Wednesday over a growing crisis in Naples and the surrounding region where thousands of tonnes of uncollected waste have piled up high in the streets.

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