Health

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.

GAO Report Finds Federal Environmental Authorities Let Asbestos Monitoring Dip
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

A new congressional report says the Environmental Protection Agency potentially exposed scores of residents, volunteers and workers to asbestos fibers by not doing more to monitor the contaminant in the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina.

Critics Say Laos Dam Project Shortchanged, Sickened Villagers
June 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A hydroelectric dam megaproject under construction in Laos has left local villagers shortchanged and sickened, an environmental group said Wednesday.

Ex-EPA Chief Confronts Critics in Congress over Safe-Air Statements after 9/11
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

Ex-EPA chief Christie Whitman was bombarded by boos and a host of accusations Monday at a hearing into her assurances that it had been safe to breathe the air around the fallen World Trade Center.

San Francisco Bans Bottled Water for City Staff
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thirsty San Francisco city workers will no longer have bottled water to drink under an order by Mayor Gavin Newsom, who says it costs too much, worsens pollution and is no better than tap water.

EPA Proposes Tougher Smog Standards
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Pollution standards are too weak to protect people from the air they breathe, the EPA's chief declared Thursday. He recommended tougher limits on the smog that makes children cough and asthmatics wheeze from Los Angeles to Houston to New York.

New US-Vietnam Effort Launched To Deal with Toxic Agent Orange Legacy
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A new U.S.-Vietnamese humanitarian effort is being launched to deal with the legacy of Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide that U.S. troops sprayed across Vietnam during the war.

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