Health

Amphibian Ark Planned to Save Frogs
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Dorie Turner, Associated Press

Ponds and swamps are becoming eerily silent. The familiar melody of ribbits, croaks and chirps is disappearing as a mysterious killer fungus wipes out frog populations around the globe, a phenomenon likened to the extinction of dinosaurs.

China Fails to Meet Environmental Goals
February 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Scott McDonald, Associated Press

China's environmental watchdog admitted Monday the country had failed to reach any of its pollution control goals for 2006 and had fallen further behind as the economy picked up speed.

Cut-Flower Industry Relies on Heavy Pesticide Use
February 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Joshua Goodman, Associated Press

It's probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses. But by the time the velvety, vibrant-colored flowers reach a Valentine's Day buyer, they will have been sprayed, rinsed and dipped in a battery of potentially lethal chemicals.

Keep Cats Away from Bird Flu Areas, U.N. Agency Says
February 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Cats should be kept away from areas affected by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus as they can pick up and spread the disease, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday.

Group Names Top 10 Polluting Refineries
February 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Alan Zibel, Associated Press

Environmental activists on Thursday said more stringent air-quality regulations are needed for oil refineries along the Gulf Coast, a region densely populated with petroleum industry plants.

Greenpeace Demands Expanded Biotech Food Labels Across the EU
February 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Nathalie Rendevski Savaricas, Associated Press

Greenpeace activists, hauling a pink fridge full of mock tainted foods, staged a protest outside Greece's Agriculture Ministry to demand an expanded labeling system for genetically modified foods.

Environmentalists Demand Curbs on Mercury Trade
February 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters

Industrialised nations should agree binding rules to cut use of the toxic heavy metal mercury and speed up plans to curb exports to the developing world, environmental activists said on Monday.

Britain Culls Turkeys to Quell Bird Flu Outbreak
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Britain gassed tens of thousands of turkeys and extended restrictions on the movement of poultry on Sunday to try to prevent the spread of deadly bird flu from a farm in eastern England.

Professor Wins One Million Dollars for Arsenic Filter
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A professor who developed an inexpensive, easy-to-make system for filtering arsenic from well water has won a $1 million engineering prize -- and he plans to use most of the money to distribute the filters to needy communities around the world.

Anti-Whaling Ships Say They Have Been Made Pirates
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

An anti-whaling group searching Antarctic waters for a Japanese whaling fleet with the aim of disrupting its operations said both its vessels will soon be "pirate ships" following a decision by Britain to deregister one its vessels.

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