Mental disorders rife after Hurricane Katrina-study
December 3, 2007 06:39 PM - Reuters

Depression, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress were diagnosed in 49 percent of New Orleans residents surveyed five to seven months after the storm struck on August 29, 2005, the study found.

Stay married -- divorce is bad for environment
December 3, 2007 05:13 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Irked spouses looking for a reason to stay married were offered a novel rationale by U.S. researchers on Monday: divorce is bad for the environment.

The global trend toward higher divorce rates has created more households with fewer people, scientists at Michigan State University reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Over 40 mln in U.S. can't afford health care: report
December 3, 2007 03:29 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 40 million people in the United States say they cannot afford adequate heath care and go without drugs, eyeglasses or dental treatment, according to a federal report released on Monday.

The latest look at the state of U.S. health care also shows that while death rates from cancer and heart disease have dropped in recent years, just as many Americans are dying in car crashes.

Online activism may make the difference on Election Day
December 3, 2007 03:13 PM - Peter Lewis, University of Washington

Seattle - More and more, Congressional candidates are turning to the Web as a tool to mobilize their base and build credibility with undecided voters, according to findings in a new book by a University of Washington researcher.

"We're seeing a slow-but-steady increase in Web mobilizing," particularly in competitive House and Senate races, said Kirsten Foot, an associate professor of communication.


Map that named America is a puzzle for researchers
December 3, 2007 12:19 PM - David Alexander, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The only surviving copy of the 500-year-old map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress, but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseemuller map remains a puzzle for researchers.

Greenest Condo in the U.S. Opens in Portland
December 3, 2007 11:57 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

PORTLAND - Residents began this week moving into The Casey condominiums, on track to be the first multifamily residential building in the United States to receive LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of green building.

The Casey is a 16-story building with 61 luxury homes in the heart of Portland's Pearl District, steps from art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. The building incorporates a comprehensive array of sustainable features including solar panels, a green roof and the extensive use of recycled-content and sustainable materials such as wool carpets and FSC-certified wood flooring. It also has a host of energy efficiency features including sophisticated waste heat recovery ventilators in each unit that help the building achieve a 52 percent energy savings over code.


The Six Sins Of Greenwashing - Misleading Claims Found In Many Products
December 3, 2007 11:33 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Buyers beware - that so-called “Green” product is likely stretching the eco-truth according to the Six Sins of Greenwashing, a study released today by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing.

The Six Sins of Greenwashing found that of 1,018 common consumer products ranging from toothpaste to caulking to shampoo to printers, randomly surveyed for the study, 99% were guilty of “greenwashing.”


Sens. Kerry, Boxer and Feinstein call on FDA to Establish Maximum Level for Lead in Lipstick
December 3, 2007 11:02 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - Senators John Kerry, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are urging the Food and Drug Administration to test a wide range of lipstick brands for the presence of lead, to publicly report their results, and to limit lead in lipstick and other cosmetics products to "the lowest detectable levels found in laboratory tests."  The action by three U.S. Senators comes on the heels of a report last month by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which found lead in 61 percent of 33 lipsticks tested. Levels ranged from 0.02 to 0.65 parts per million.

Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green
December 3, 2007 09:09 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute

A new initiative will help make Chicago’s 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of alleyways more sustainable. The miniature streets behind homes and buildings, used mainly for garbage collection and parking access, keep main roads cleaner and less congested but are prone to flooding. The city’s innovative Green Alley Program promotes improved construction techniques and materials that can improve drainage, reduce runoff, and relieve strain on the city’s aging sewer system.

Study: Lead levels below U.S. limits may harm children's brain function
December 2, 2007 06:12 PM - Susan Lang, Cornell Newswire

Cornell, New York - Even very small amounts of lead in children's blood -- amounts well below the current federal standard -- are associated with reduced IQ scores, finds a new, six-year Cornell study.

The study examined the effect of lead exposure on cognitive function in children whose blood-lead levels (BLLs) were below the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standard of 10 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dl) -- about 100 parts per billion. The researchers compared children whose BLLs were between 0 and 5 mcg/dl with children in the 5-10 mcg/dl range.

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