Health

Cloned Hamburger Meat Still Seen a Long Way Off
December 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Bob Burgdorfer, Reuters

It may be years before consumers will be buying fast-food hamburgers or grilling T-bone steaks made from cloned cattle because the cloning process is too expensive and currently is not commercially viable.

FDA Set to OK Food From Cloned Animals
December 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

The government has decided that food from cloned animals is safe to eat and does not require special labeling. The Food and Drug Administration planned to brief industry groups in advance of an announcement Thursday morning.

WWII-Era German Submarine Loaded with Poisonous Cargo Still Haunting Norway
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

The rusting wreckage of a U-864, sunk off the coast of Norway in a desperate mission to supply Japan with advanced weapons technology, now poses a major environmental threat due to its poisonous cargo: 70 tons of mercury.

EPA, Air Force Dispute Cleanup
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Amanda Lehmert, Cape Cod Times

Air Force officials have proposed allowing a portion of the so-called Ashumet Valley groundwater contamination plume to continue to dissipate until it dilutes below levels that are considered harmful to humans.

Multistate Lawsuit against EPA Seeks to Lower Soot Levels, Save Lives
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Gormley, Associated Press

More than a dozen states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to lower soot levels from smokestacks and exhaust pipes, a move the state officials argue would save thousands of lives.

EU States Give Formal Backing to New Chemicals Law
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

European Union governments gave their formal backing on Monday to a new law to reform the chemicals sector after EU lawmakers passed a compromise deal on the rules last week.

Groups Urge Fish Consumption Advisory
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

The nation's largest gold-producing state is being asked to investigate whether mercury emissions from its mines are contaminating area fisheries.

Thousands of Ducks Mysteriously Dying in Idaho
December 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

Officials scrambled Wednesday to determine what has caused the deaths of thousands of mallard ducks in south-central Idaho near the Utah border.

Asian Leaders Call for Tougher Measures to Combat Air Pollution
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Asia must impose tighter regulations on emissions and fuel efficiency standards to combat air pollution that contributes to some half-a-million premature deaths annually, Asian ministers and environmentalists said Wednesday.

Climate Change Catching Voter Attention around World
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

Mainstream parties in Germany, Britain, France, Canada, the United States and Austria believe tackling climate change is a vote winner while established Green parties in Germany and Austria are experiencing a renaissance.

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