Health

Floods Hit up to 1.8 Million in Horn of Africa
November 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Torrential rains and floods have hit up to 1.8 million people in the Horn of Africa, driving tens of thousands from their homes and threatening to trigger epidemics, U.N. aid bodies said on Friday.

Pennsylvania Passes Plan to Cut Mercury
November 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Marc Levy, Associated Press

A state regulatory board Thursday approved Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal to make deeper cuts in mercury emissions from Pennsylvania's coal-fired power plants, despite opposition from power plants and mining companies.

Panel to Probe Chemical Link to Ailments
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Breen, Associated Press

It will take up to five years before residents in Ohio and West Virginia who sued DuPont over a chemical used to produce Teflon will know if they have been harmed by the substance, members of a science panel said on Tuesday.

Millions in Asia Suffering from Lack of Water and Proper Sanitation
November 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Ker Munthit, Associated Press

Two out of three people in South Asia lack basic sanitation, numbers that put the region on a par with sub-Saharan Africa, said a U.N. report issued Thursday that described the provision of toilet facilities as crucial to social and economic development.

Guard Seeks to End Ban on Lead Bullets
November 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, Boston Globe

The Massachusetts National Guard wants to resume firing lead bullets at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod, nine years after such ammunition was banned because of fears that the toxic metal could contaminate drinking water supplies.

Toxic Waste That Sickened Ivory Coast Arrives in French Port
November 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A ship bearing 141 sealed containers filled with toxic waste arrived Tuesday in this French port from Ivory Coast, where the waste was dumped in August and blamed for killing 10 people.

Plastic Trash Vortex Menaces Pacific Sealife
November 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Old toothbrushes, beach toys and used condoms are part of a vast vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, threatening sea creatures that get tangled in it, eat it or ride on it, a new report says.

U.S. Pesticide Stockpile Under Scrutiny at World Ozone Meeting in India
November 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Rita Beamish, Associated Press

President George W. Bush's administration is seeking world permission to produce thousands of tons of a pesticide that an international treaty banned nearly two years ago, even though U.S. companies already have huge stockpiles of the chemical.

Experts Say Many Risk Long-Term Damage from SE Asia Haze
November 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters

From asthma attacks and sore throats to scarring and abnormal development of lungs in children, Southeast Asia's annual haze is a health menace that affects millions of people and costs regional economies dearly.

Scientists Uncover New Bird Flu Strain
October 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered a new strain of bird flu that appears to sidestep current vaccines. It's infecting people as well as poultry in Asia, and some researchers fear its evolution may have been steered by the vaccination programs designed to protect poultry from earlier types of the H5N1 flu.

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