December home builder sentiment holds at record low
December 17, 2007 01:13 PM - Julie Haviv, Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home builder sentiment held at a record low for a third consecutive month in December, weighed down by problems in the mortgage market and a huge supply of unsold houses, an industry group said on Monday.
Canada to crack down on unsafe toys, food, drugs
December 17, 2007 01:02 PM - Reuters
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reacting to a recent series of toy, food and drug recalls, the Canadian government pledged tighter regulations on Monday to try to prevent such problems in the future. "As we head into the holidays, there's growing concern about the safety of the products on the market, and for good reason," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a news conference at a Salvation Army toy depot.
Veterinary Dentistry Opens Wide
December 17, 2007 11:18 AM -
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - From eliminating pain to improving an animal's overall well-being, pet dental health is gaining increased attention these days. Gone is the time when veterinary dentistry was little more than an occasional cleaning or pulling of the teeth, according to a report in the Dec. 15, 2007, edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Today, with advances in technology and veterinary education, veterinary dentistry has evolved into comprehensive treatment of periodontal and other dental diseases.
Winter storm pounds northeastern U.S.
December 16, 2007 01:52 PM - Scott Malone, Reuters
BOSTON (Reuters) - A major winter storm that dropped more than 10 inches of snow across parts of the Midwestern United States barreled into New England on Sunday, with snow, freezing rain and forecasts for winds as high as 50 miles per hour.
Is Your Yoga Mat Lacking Personality? Toxic?
December 16, 2007 01:47 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Lakewood, NJ - The ancient practice of yoga has moved one step forward with the introduction of non-toxic, personalized yoga mats. The new product is the brainchild of Gwen Bandes an eco-committed entrepreneur. The company offers all yoga lovers the option to embroider their name, friend's name, or even their pet's name on to an eco friendly yoga mat. Perhaps most importantly the mat is toxin free. It does not contain PVC, lead, or toluene. It's also biodegradable and recyclable.
Report Examines Impact of Climate Change on Drinking Water Supplies
December 16, 2007 12:45 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
WASHINGTON - Warming of the earth's atmosphere will continue to put mounting pressure on America's drinking water sources, leading to diminishing supplies in some regions and flooding in others, according to an analysis released today by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), a nonprofit organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States.
Organic Tomato study provides answers, raises questions
December 16, 2007 12:12 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
DAVIS -- A study of organic and conventionally grown processing tomatoes by a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, indicated that, on the four participating commercial farms, organically produced tomatoes were higher in sugars and other soluble solids, consistency and acidity, all of which are desirable attributes in processing tomatoes. The organically grown tomatoes were lower, however, in red color, vitamin C and certain healthful compounds known as phenolics.
Greenspan sees early signs of U.S. stagflation
December 16, 2007 12:02 PM - Reuters
In an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Greenspan said low inflation was a major contributor to economic growth and prices must be held in check.
U.S. apparel chains see slow holiday growth: report
December 16, 2007 11:31 AM - Reuters
The figures, from the retail data service of MasterCard Advisors, offer an early glimpse of how consumer spending is holding up this season, as consumers grapple with the U.S. housing slump, rising food and fuel costs and tighter credit.
Spin the meter backward: gold from green
December 15, 2007 03:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
NEW YORK - With the price of a barrel of oil remaining volatile, the price of energy is on everyone's minds. If an individual or business wanted to take charge of their energy future and decrease their monthly bills, it would make sense to allow them to do so, right? In many states they can. It's called net metering and it is a way to generate your own energy from clean sources, like solar power. And it is without the hassle of batteries and the convenience of not having to go "off the grid".