Health

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.

Past Contaminated Water at Lejeune Suspected in Death and Illness
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Rita Beamish, Associated Press

Thousands of Marines and their families went to serve their country at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune. Instead, many wound up fighting it, blaming the government for failing to protect them from an enemy that invaded their lives in a most intimate way: through the water that quenched their thirst, cooked their food and filled their bathtubs every day.

E-Waste Capital of China Chokes on Old Computers
June 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Mark Chisholm and Kitty Bu, Reuters

Every year, millions of unwanted computers, keyboards, television sets and cell phones are smuggled into China by sea. Much ends up in Guiyu, a rough town on the southern Chinese coast, not far from the former British colony of Hong Kong.

Contaminated Zone Near Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Becomes Wildlife Haven, Intriguing Biologists
June 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Douglas Birch, Associated Press

Two decades after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sent clouds of radioactive particles drifting over the fields near her home, Maria Urupa says the wilderness is encroaching.

South China City Hit By Toxic Red Tide of Algae
June 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Coastal waters off China's booming southern port of Shenzhen have been hit by the biggest ever marine algal bloom, state media reported on Thursday. The report comes days after green algae in China's third largest lake cut off water supplies to millions of residents in Wuxi, in eastern Jiangsu province.

Climate Change Imperils Monuments
June 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press

Rising seas, spreading deserts, intensifying weather and other harbingers of climate change are threatening cultural landmarks from Canada to Antarctica, the World Monuments Fund said Wednesday.

Dredging May Not Eliminate Contaminants
June 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Contaminated sediments in rivers and bays from coast to coast pose an environmental hazard, and while dredging reduces the sediment it doesn't always solve the problem, the National Research Council reported Tuesday.

Group Seeks Ban on Detergent Ingredient
June 6, 2007 12:00 AM - David Dishneau, Associated Press

An environmental group asked the federal government Tuesday to ban a class of toxic chemical compounds that are found in industrial and household detergents and are believed to cause male fish to develop female characteristics.

Daryl Hannah Visits Ecuador Indians Who Are Suing Chevron for Environmental Damage
June 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Dolores Ochoa, Associated Press

Daryl Hannah said she planned to meet with Ecuador's president Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit by Indians and settlers against Chevron Corp., a day after she trudged through the jungle to visit the polluted site.

Melting Ice, Snow To Hit Livelihoods Worldwide, UN Says
June 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Global warming that is melting ice and snow will affect hundreds of millions of people around the globe by disrupting rivers in Asia, thawing Arctic ice and raising ocean levels, a U.N. report said on Monday.

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