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Generations Later, Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange Lives on in Vietnam
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Stocking, Associated Press
More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the poisonous legacy of Agent Orange has emerged anew with a scientific study that has found extraordinarily high levels of health-threatening contamination at the former U.S. air base at Danang.
Reducing Environmental Risks Could Save Millions of Lives Annually
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Veronika Oleksyn, Associated Press
Tackling air pollution, contaminated drinking water and other environmental problems could save millions of lives annually around the world, the World Health Organization said in a report Wednesday.
New York Politician Not Happy with Staten Island Landfill-Themed Ice Cream
June 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
One New York City politician apparently does not have a sweet tooth for a locally made vanilla ice cream with brownie chunks and cherries. That is because the ice cream in question, marketed under the name "Staten Island Landfill," is "insulting and derogatory," Staten Island borough president James Molinaro wrote in a letter on his Web site
Death Toll from Bangladesh Mudslides, Lightning Reaches 105
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Osman Gani Mansur, Associated Press
A torrent of mudslides, flooding and lightning killed at least 105 people and left scores more missing as the annual monsoon rains hit Bangladesh, washing away shanties and inundating cities, officials said Tuesday.
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.