China City Suspends Chemical Plant after Uproar
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

Chinese citizens alarmed about pollution won a rare victory on Wednesday when a city froze a chemical project after angry residents joined in opposition through a flood of mobile phone text messages.

Cows in New Zealand Produce Low-Fat Milk
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

New Zealand scientists are breeding a herd of cows that produce lower-fat milk after the chance discovery of a natural gene mutation in one animal.

U.S. Aboriginal Whaling Quotas Renewed at IWC
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Daisuke Wakabayashi and Yereth Rosen, Reuters

The International Whaling Commission renewed a five-year whaling quota for indigenous people in the United States and Russia Tuesday, allowing Alaska Natives to continue hunting bowhead whales for subsistence purposes.

Indian Firm To Burn Toxic Waste from 1984 Industrial Disaster
May 29, 2007 12:00 AM - R.K. Misra, Associated Press

An Indian firm plans to burn toxic waste from the Bhopal disaster, the world's worst industrial accident, despite environmentalists' objections. The firm, Bharuch Environ Infrastructure Ltd., said burning the waste poses no threat.

WHO Urges Ban on Smoking in Public Buildings
May 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press

The U.N. health agency on Tuesday issued its strongest policy recommendations yet for controlling tobacco use, urging all countries to ban smoking at indoor workplaces and in public buildings.

Do Trees Make It OK to Drive an SUV?
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Hill, Associated Press

If you plant some trees, is it OK to drive an Escalade? The question isn't as silly as it sounds. People worried about global warming increasingly are trying to "offset" the carbon dioxide _ the leading greenhouse gas _ they spew into the atmosphere when they drive, fly or flick on a light.

The Coral Sea Vista Opened Up By British Judges
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Luke Baker, Reuters

In a decision handed down by the law lord in charge of appeals, the Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke, flanked on his dais by two equally grave judges, it was decreed the British government had abused its power when it evicted the Chagossians four decades ago. The Chagossians could go home.

Group Says Sinking Ships Will Boost Tourism
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The so-called "Graveyard of the Atlantic" can expect a few more guests. But unlike the ships and vessels that sank off North Carolina's coast because of storms and war, an effort is under way to promote tourism by purposely sinking ships so they'll become artificial reefs.

Taiwanese Employees of a Now-Closed RCA TV Factory Sue Over Cancer Cases
May 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Rebecca Carroll, Associated Press

Weng Shih Pei-yun is one of 349 people -- former factory workers or their families -- suing Radio Corporation of America and its one-time parent, General Electric Co., for New Taiwanese dollars 2.4 billion (US$72 million; euro54 million) in cancer-related damages, allegedly resulting from contaminated water and excessive exposure to toxic chemicals at the Taiwanese facility.

EU Proposes Ways To Make Dismantling Old Ships Safer for Humans, Environment
May 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union should play a more active role in halting the scrapping of old ships in dangerous and polluting conditions in Asia, a practice likely to worsen as single-hull tankers are phased out in favor of safer double-hulled vessels, the top EU environment official said Wednesday.

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