Lifestyle

Iceland best place to live, Africa worst: UN
November 27, 2007 08:59 AM - Reuters

Rich free-market countries dominate the top places, with Iceland, Norway, Australia, Canada and Ireland the first five but the United States slipping to 12th place from eighth last year in the U.N. Human Development Index.

France and Germany seek to break GMO deadlock
November 26, 2007 12:36 PM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Agricultural powerhouses France and Germany sought on Monday to break the deadlock that has kept genetically modified crops out of most of Europe, saying rules must be changed to ease their approval.

"This authorization process of GMOs is highly unsatisfactory and worrying, it cannot stay like this," German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters on arriving for a meeting of EU farm ministers.

Farmworkers Target Tobacco Giant After Deaths in the Fields
November 26, 2007 08:58 AM - Paul Abowd , Organic Consumers Association

"Workers say the hardest part of tobacco is the summer heat. Workers often aren't allowed a break, and the chances of heat sickness are high." Tobacco kills in many ways. Long before that first puff lies yet more lethality, hidden in the fields where the tobacco leaf is grown. Last year alone, heat stroke claimed nine North Carolina field workers.

First Ever "Climate Neutral" T-Shirts and Hoodies
November 26, 2007 08:33 AM - , Greenloop Fashions

EarthPositive apparel is a good example of taking it to the next level. Yes, they are just basics likely to be used for promotional means (think band t-shirts and convention give aways) and not something we are going to see gracing the runways of any fashion week...ever, but given the mainstream appetite for t-shirts and hoodies, I think these guys are on the right track. Yes, cutting back on promotional items that no one really ever wears anyway (except perhaps to paint in or clean house) is ultimately where we need to go, but in the mean time, this is a step in the right direction. Here's what they have to say.

Minorities hit hardest by housing crisis
November 26, 2007 08:14 AM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In May, Alvin Clavon received a foreclosure notice on the simple, Spanish-style house in South Los Angeles that he shares with his wife and three boys.

Forget the climate! Britons scent U.S. bargains
November 26, 2007 08:09 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - For British tourists heading to the Big Apple to take advantage of a weak dollar and stock up on bargains, the choice is clear: saving money comes before saving the planet.

With sterling hitting its highest levels against the dollar since 1981, British media are cranking up headlines on the number of people jetting to the United States to pick up bargain designer clothes and electrical goods.

"The weak dollar is certainly helping a few shoppers find their way to the U.S.," George Stinnes, head of investor relations at British Airways, said earlier this month when the company reported passenger numbers on routes to the Americas had jumped 7.4 percent in October from a year ago.

Sarkozy tackles Hu on yuan and human rights
November 26, 2007 06:31 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy brought his trademark directness to China on Monday, publicly urging President Hu Jintao to let the yuan rise more swiftly and cajoling Beijing to do more to respect human rights.

Indonesia says no to bird flu virus sharing
November 26, 2007 01:37 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will not share bird flu virus samples unless there is a guarantee developing nations will have control over their use and have access to cheap vaccines, a health ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.

Indonesia, the nation worst hit by bird flu with 91 human deaths, has held back its virus samples since August and wants guarantees from richer nations and drugmakers that poor countries get access to affordable vaccines derived from their samples.

China unhappy with EU's product safety call
November 26, 2007 12:35 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - The top EU trade official told China on Monday its reputation was at risk after a series of product safety scandals and that it must do more to tackle the problem.

Crews gain upper hand on Malibu fire
November 25, 2007 04:13 PM - Reuters

MALIBU, California (Reuters) - Firefighters gained the upper hand on Sunday against a fierce wildfire that destroyed 49 homes in the exclusive beachside community of Malibu, where residents were allowed to return and assess the damage.

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