Health

Honeybee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet.

Beijing Car Ban Cut Air Pollutant by 40 Percent, Study Shows
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

When officials in Beijing kept about 800,000 cars off the road for three days last year, it cut the amount of nitrogen oxide air pollution almost instantly by about 40 percent, scientists reported Monday.

U.S. Air Pollution: Less Smog, but More Soot in East
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The United States is less smoggy than it used to be, but dangerous soot particles are rising in the densely populated eastern part of the country, the American Lung Association reported Tuesday.

South Pole Highway Drive Will Show Viability of Alternative Fuels, Group Says
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A U.S. team plans to drive from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole later this year to demonstrate the viability of alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels, a spokesman said Monday.

More Marine Animals Sickened by Acid
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rescuers worked Saturday to save more dead and dying dolphins and sea lions that have washed up on Southern California beaches, believed poisoned by a naturally occurring toxic acid.

California Backs Lowering Formaldehyde in Wood
April 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

California regulators adopted new standards Thursday to slash the amount of formaldehyde allowed in wood products, a move they say will save hundreds of people from getting cancer every year.

Ecuador Returns Envoy to Colombia after Spray Row
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Ecuador will send its ambassador back to Colombia after recalling the envoy in December after a row over its neighbor's fumigation of drug crops along their border, the government said Wednesday.

Great Lakes Fish Virus May Threaten U.S. Aquaculture
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Lisa Haarlander, Reuters

A virus in the U.S. Great Lakes that has killed tens of thousands of fish in recent years is spreading and poses a threat to inland fish farming, a U.S. Agriculture Department official said Monday.

Switching to Less Dangerous Chemicals Not Required in New Federal Rules
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Beverly Lumpkin, Associated Press

New federal regulations for chemical facilities neither require nor encourage companies to switch from potentially dangerous chemicals to less hazardous substitutes, and that has some lawmakers and activists worried.

Sheryl Crow, Laurie David Enlist College Students in Global Warming Campaign
April 23, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Their college tour ended, Sheryl Crow and Laurie David describe their efforts to stop global warming as part of the most important mission of the times. That's the hope of Grammy-winning rocker Crow and David, who produced "An Inconvenient Truth," the global warming movie that won the Oscar for best documentary.

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