Cut-Flower Industry Relies on Heavy Pesticide Use
February 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Joshua Goodman, Associated Press
It's probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses. But by the time the velvety, vibrant-colored flowers reach a Valentine's Day buyer, they will have been sprayed, rinsed and dipped in a battery of potentially lethal chemicals.
Keep Cats Away from Bird Flu Areas, U.N. Agency Says
February 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Cats should be kept away from areas affected by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus as they can pick up and spread the disease, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday.
Group Names Top 10 Polluting Refineries
February 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Alan Zibel, Associated Press
Environmental activists on Thursday said more stringent air-quality regulations are needed for oil refineries along the Gulf Coast, a region densely populated with petroleum industry plants.
Greenpeace Demands Expanded Biotech Food Labels Across the EU
February 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Nathalie Rendevski Savaricas, Associated Press
Greenpeace activists, hauling a pink fridge full of mock tainted foods, staged a protest outside Greece's Agriculture Ministry to demand an expanded labeling system for genetically modified foods.
Environmentalists Demand Curbs on Mercury Trade
February 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters
Industrialised nations should agree binding rules to cut use of the toxic heavy metal mercury and speed up plans to curb exports to the developing world, environmental activists said on Monday.
Britain Culls Turkeys to Quell Bird Flu Outbreak
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Britain gassed tens of thousands of turkeys and extended restrictions on the movement of poultry on Sunday to try to prevent the spread of deadly bird flu from a farm in eastern England.
Professor Wins One Million Dollars for Arsenic Filter
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A professor who developed an inexpensive, easy-to-make system for filtering arsenic from well water has won a $1 million engineering prize -- and he plans to use most of the money to distribute the filters to needy communities around the world.
Anti-Whaling Ships Say They Have Been Made Pirates
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
An anti-whaling group searching Antarctic waters for a Japanese whaling fleet with the aim of disrupting its operations said both its vessels will soon be "pirate ships" following a decision by Britain to deregister one its vessels.
Multicolored Snow Falls over Three Siberian Regions
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Strange colored snow that fell in three different Siberian regions is not toxic and may have been caused by dust and soils blown into the atmosphere from neighboring Kazakhstan, a Russian emergency official said Friday.
Closure of Landfill Dumps Athens in Garbage Crisis
January 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Karolos Grohmann, Reuters
Athens' main waste dump has reached its capacity and city officials, fearing it has become a health hazard, said on Tuesday it will soon be closed to reduce the risk of toxic fires and landslides.