Health

Officials Report Asbestos in Manhattan Explosion Debris
July 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Christine Kearney, Reuters

Debris from an explosion of an aging steam pipe in midtown Manhattan contained asbestos, New York authorities said Thursday, but no airborne samples of the dangerous mineral fiber were detected.

Bustling Shanghai to Turn Suburb into Wetlands
July 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's financial hub is planning to set aside 15 sq km (6 sq miles) of its suburbs as wetlands to improve the quality of its water, a major priority nationwide, state media said on Tuesday.

Senator Would Force U.S. Military to Notify Marines Exposed to Toxic Tap Water
July 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

U.S. military officials should directly inform hundreds of thousands of Marine families and workers that they drank and washed in toxin-contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Sen. Elizabeth Dole said.

Doctors, Democrats Scrutinize September 11 Dust
July 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Ishani Ganguli, Reuters

Inhalation of dust-laden air has been implicated in at least two deaths -- from lung inflammation and scarring -- and connected to the respiratory illnesses and even cancers of thousands working and living within miles of Ground Zero, according to medical studies.

U.S. Court of Appeals Rejects Claim by Environmental Groups against EPA Farm Emissions Rules
July 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press

Farms can't be sued over the pollution or odors they emit as long as they have entered into an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal appeals court ruled.

Take Off Your Tie to Help the Planet, Italy Says
July 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Want to help fight global warming? Take off your tie, says the Italian health ministry. It has urged employers to let their staff dress casually at work in the summer so the air conditioning can be turned down.

New China Algae Outbreak Threatens Water Supplies
July 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

An outbreak of blue algae in a Chinese reservoir has left nearly 25,000 people without water and 100,000 others with reduced supplies, state media said on Wednesday of the latest in a series of water pollution scares.

Waste Drums Tipped at Nuke Plant after Deadly Japan Quake; Thousands Evacuate Quake Zone
July 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Eric Talmadge, Associated Press

A powerful earthquake tipped over barrels of nuclear waste at a power plant and officials on Tuesday were investigating whether there were any radioactive leaks, a day after they said the quake had caused the reactor to spill radioactive water into the sea.

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.

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