U.S. Pesticide Stockpile Under Scrutiny at World Ozone Meeting in India
November 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Rita Beamish, Associated Press
President George W. Bush's administration is seeking world permission to produce thousands of tons of a pesticide that an international treaty banned nearly two years ago, even though U.S. companies already have huge stockpiles of the chemical.
Experts Say Many Risk Long-Term Damage from SE Asia Haze
November 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters
From asthma attacks and sore throats to scarring and abnormal development of lungs in children, Southeast Asia's annual haze is a health menace that affects millions of people and costs regional economies dearly.
Scientists Uncover New Bird Flu Strain
October 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Scientists have discovered a new strain of bird flu that appears to sidestep current vaccines. It's infecting people as well as poultry in Asia, and some researchers fear its evolution may have been steered by the vaccination programs designed to protect poultry from earlier types of the H5N1 flu.
New Zealand Smoking in Cars Study Shows It Should Be Banned to Protect Children
October 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
New Zealand medical researchers said Friday that laws are needed to ban smoking in vehicles where children are passengers, findign evidence that second-hand smoke causes respiratory illnesses in children.
Indian UN Vet Treats Animal Victims of Lebanon War
October 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Alistair Lyon, Reuters
Amal al-Nimr flips a goat on its back in her muddy farmyard in south Lebanon to show the Indian vet how the shrapnel wound in its leg is healing.
Drought in Southern China Leaves 520,000 Short of Water
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A severe drought in a region of southern China has left 520,000 people short of drinking water and damaged crops, a news report said Thursday.
Mexico Rejects Biotech Corn Planting
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
Mexico this week barred Monsanto Co. and other biotechnology companies from planting genetically engineered corn, rekindling fierce debate in that country over the technology.
Refugees, Disease Big Risk from Global Warming, U.N. Says
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Ben Blanchard, Reuters
The world is not doing enough to combat global warming which, left unchecked, could trigger a mass movement of people and have serious consequences for security, the United Nation's environment chief said on Thursday.
Grammar May Help Fight Bacteria
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
Biologists reached back to elementary school to discover a promising new way to fight nasty bacteria: Apply the rules of grammar.
Pollution Shortens Life Expectancy Worldwide
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Tracee Herbaugh, Associated Press
More than 10 million people are at risk for lung infection, cancer and shortened life expectancy because they live in the 10 worst-polluted cities in the world, according to a report issued Wednesday.