Health

Multicolored Snow Falls over Three Siberian Regions
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Strange colored snow that fell in three different Siberian regions is not toxic and may have been caused by dust and soils blown into the atmosphere from neighboring Kazakhstan, a Russian emergency official said Friday.

Closure of Landfill Dumps Athens in Garbage Crisis
January 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Karolos Grohmann, Reuters

Athens' main waste dump has reached its capacity and city officials, fearing it has become a health hazard, said on Tuesday it will soon be closed to reduce the risk of toxic fires and landslides.

Paris to Roll Out Free Bicycles
January 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

he City of Light wants to soon become a city of bicycles. Paris City Hall announced it has selected French outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux SA to operate a new free bicycle service in the capital.

Experts Call for Monitoring of Cats, Dogs for H5N1
January 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Yoga Rusmana, Reuters

The discovery of Avian influenza in cats and dogs has heightened concerns about a virus that experts had thought was basically infecting chickens, ducks and other fowl.

Brazilian Fashion Houses Eye Eco-Friendly Fabrics
January 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Carolina Schwartz and Fernanda Ezabella, Reuters

New technology that makes clothing from the polyester fibers from recycled bottles and organic cotton grown without pesticides may prove that being environmentally conscious and staying hip can walk hand-in-hand.

Australian State Leader Says Drinking Water Must Be Recycled
January 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

An Australian state plans to introduce recycled sewage to its drinking water as a record drought threatens water supplies around the nation, a state leader said Monday.

Fish-Killing Virus Found in Lake Huron
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

A fast-spreading aquatic virus threatening stormy waters for the Great Lakes fishing industry has been detected in Lake Huron for the first time, officials said Thursday.

California Air Regulators Enact First U.S. Statewide Ban on Dry-Cleaning Chemical
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Samantha Young, Associated Press

California regulators have enacted the United States' first statewide ban on the most common chemical used by dry cleaners, pleasing environmentalists but worrying some small businesses.

Hunters Seek New Frontiers in Russia, Mongolia
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Kathryn Reed, Reuters

Africa, long the king of the jungle for big-game hunters, is losing ground to new exotic frontiers, including in the former communist world, experts said at an annual convention this week.

Advocacy Groups Seek Ban on Wildlife Poisons
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

Advocacy groups are asking the government to ban two poisons widely used for killing wildlife. The poisons are primarily used to kill coyotes that threaten livestock and game. Sodium cyanide capsules are placed in baited ejectors, and sodium fluoroacetate is used in sheep and goat collars.

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