Pope urges prudence in environmental decisions
December 11, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - International decisions on the impact of environmental change should be made prudently, avoiding hasty conclusions, ideological pressures and unilateral stands, Pope Benedict said in a peace message on Tuesday.
The German pope also called for the dismantling of nuclear weapons and an effective demilitarization around the world, expressing concern that more countries seem to want to acquire nuclear weapons.
Rotterdam gives away energy-saving lightbulbs
December 11, 2007 05:36 AM - Reuters
The Dutch city said it will distribute more than 600,000 light bulbs and that the expected savings for its citizens -- 26 million euros ($38 million) over six years from lower electricity bills -- will far outweigh the costs of 4 million euros.
Cambodia plans hunting safaris for VIP tourists
December 11, 2007 05:35 AM - Reuters
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia is considering laying on hunting safaris for well-heeled foreign tourists in its remote jungle-clad northeast, to the consternation of green groups who say it could be a recipe for disaster.
Teen dating violence leads to risky health behavior
December 10, 2007 01:55 PM - By Anne Harding, Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teens who have suffered violence at the hands of an intimate partner are more likely to display a number of risky health behaviors, from disordered eating to suicidal thoughts, research shows.
Stimulants for ADHD may cause mild heart symptoms
December 10, 2007 01:16 PM - Reuters
ADHD drugs, like Adderall and Ritalin, are known to raise blood pressure and heart rate.
Need your sleep? Stay out of hospitals
December 10, 2007 12:26 PM - Reuters
But if nurses and technicians would simply adjust their schedules and avoid constantly waking patients through the night, patients may do better, the team at the University of Texas Southwestern found.
Canadian retail chain pulls plastic water bottles
December 10, 2007 08:22 AM - Reuters
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's largest outdoor-goods chain has pulled water bottles and food containers made of polycarbonate plastic from its shelves over worries about the chemical bisphenol A, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems in animals.
Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Co-op became the first major Canadian retailer to stop selling products that contain bisphenol A over fears the chemical can leach from plastic food and water containers.
U.N. seeks $3.8 billion for humanitarian crises
December 10, 2007 05:29 AM - Reuters
Sudan is the biggest focus of the U.N. appeal, issued to governments on Monday. It wants $930 million for humanitarian work in 2008 in the country where violence and upheaval continues in the Darfur region.
All UK homes could be wind powered by 2020: govt
December 9, 2007 07:36 PM - Reuters
Britain has some of the best wind conditions for generating carbon-free electricity in the world but high construction costs and a sluggish planning process has limited its growth.
Nations bicker in Bali over "green" goods trade
December 9, 2007 06:55 AM - Reuters
JIMBARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rich and poor countries failed on Sunday to agree on a plan to open up trade in green goods, with Brazil fearing a major U.S.-EU proposal raised on the fringes of climate talks in Bali was a protectionist ruse.
At the end of two days of talks involving officials from 32 nations, including 12 trade ministers, a final news conference descended into farce as Brazil and the United States swapped recriminations.