Health

EPA Agrees To Reduce Lead in Products for Children Because of Health Hazard
April 16, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Companies that make or distribute toys, zippers and other children's products will face tougher government scrutiny to keep out any lead that could poison and kill children or harm their brain development.

U.S. Army Signs French Company To Incinerate Nerve Agent Waste
April 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Rick Callahan, Associated Press

The Army, thwarted in two previous bids to dispose of chemical waste from the destruction of a deadly VX nerve agent stockpile, has contracted with a French company to incinerate the waste at a Texas plant, but environmentalists said they will fight that effort as well.

Now Cancer-Free, NBC News Correspondent Anne Thompson Takes on Environmental Beat
April 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson has been appointed the network's new environmental affairs reporter, a job she attributes in part to her battle with breast cancer. She felt the environment is an issue foremost on people's minds that had not been covered extensively on network television.

Gore Pins Hopes on Live Earth Environment Concerts
April 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Mike Collett-White, Reuters

The former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate is spearheading efforts to get the world of pop music to back his crusade to avert what he calls a "planetary emergency", and already has Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on board.

Love & Music? Yes. Carbon? No. Woodstock, N.Y., Takes on Global Warming
April 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Hill, Associated Press

Woodstock is best known for the 1969 rock concert that borrowed its name and was held some 50 miles away in Bethel. But the old artists' colony is plugging firmly into the zeitgeist of 2007, a time when hybrid cars are hot and Al Gore's climate-change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," won two Oscars.

Heathrow Passengers Turn Blind Eye to Warming
April 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters

Aviation contributes less to global warming than the likes of cars and farming but focuses minds on climate change because a single long-haul flight can double someone's annual greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Trailblazers: Turning the Sustainable Apparel World on Its Ear
April 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Coral Rose

According to Consumer Reports, "Nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers bought organic foods and beverages in 2005." It's easy to see what's driving that statistic: Interest in a healthier approach to living is at an all time-high.

State Accuses U.S. Companies of Making, Selling Lead Paint
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Andrew Welsch-Huggins, Associated Press

Ohio's attorney general filed suit against 10 major U.S. chemical companies and paint makers, accusing them of continuing to make and sell lead paint while knowing it presented health hazards.

Fame Hurts Valley of Eternal Youth in Ecuador
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Alonso Soto, Reuters

These days, the famous elders of Vilcabamba are dying at a younger age, the result of the stresses of modern life brought by the scores of tourists and health buffs who flock here in search of eternal youth.

Giant Sunflower, Hot Wax Are Climate-Change Art
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Hilary Burke, Reuters

A giant metal sunflower stands atop a wind-swept hill in the world's southernmost city, an artistic statement gauging and protesting climate change near the ends of the Earth.

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