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1 Million Chinese-made Cibs Recalled; Linked To 2 Infant Deaths
September 21, 2007 04:36 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Simplicity Inc., a supplier of baby furniture to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big retailers, is recalling about 1 million Chinese-made baby cribs which have been linked to at least two infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday.

The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap that leads to an infant being trapped and suffocated, the safety agency said in a statement. It urged parents to check all Simplicity-made cribs to ensure the drop-side is installed correctly.

The cribs, priced between $100 and $300, were sold by U.S. retailers and chains including Target Corp., Big Lots Inc and family-owned Meijer Inc.

Biologist-Divers Complete 42-Mile Snorkel Survey of Elwha River
September 21, 2007 03:34 PM -

Washington State - In one of the longest snorkel surveys ever completed in North America, fisheries biologists recently swam the length of the Elwha River - from its headwaters to its mouth - with the goal of establishing a baseline of the river's fish population before dam removal begins.

The forty-two mile underwater trip began at an elevation of 2,250 feet, just above Chicago Camp in the upper Elwha Valley and ended at sea level where the river enters the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles.

Overweight kids show heart risks as teens
September 21, 2007 02:58 PM - Amy Norton, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight children may show a collection of risk factors for heart disease by the time they are teenagers, a new study shows.

Researchers found that overweight and obese 8-year-olds were seven-times more likely than their thinner peers to have multiple heart disease risk factors at the age of 15. These risks included high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and elevations in blood sugar and insulin, a blood-sugar-regulating hormone.

House prices to drop much lower: Greenspan
September 21, 2007 01:47 PM - Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - A big overhang of property will bring U.S. house prices down further, but it is too early to say if the economy will plunge into recession, former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan was quoted as saying on Friday.

Greenspan said in an interview with Austrian magazine Format that low interest rates in the past 15 years were to blame for the house price bubble, but that central banks were powerless when they tried to bring it under control.

"It's a difficult situation, there is an enormous overhang on the real estate market," Greenspan was quoted as saying. "Many buildings which just have been finished can't be sold ..."

Environmental News 2.0: Online Communities fuel the Fight Against Global Warming
September 21, 2007 12:13 PM - Chris, Environmental Graffiti

Major online communities are becoming a huge force in making Global Warming a political priority. While there has been a lot of ink spilled about how online communities are changing the face of politics, the fact is that they really raise the profile of ordinary people’s concerns.  Well, people are concerned about Global Warming, because as Carlos showed us in Climate Tipping Points Get Scarier … there are only about 10 years left to get a handle on the problem and the political leadership in the United States and around the world will be hugely influential in whether we fix the problem and see us united for a more just and sustainable world or we scramble to adapt to a hugely changing world through adaptation efforts like billion-dollar levees and conflict over increasingly scarce resources.

Tropical depression Forms In Gulf
September 21, 2007 12:01 PM -

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Subtropical Depression 10 in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened Friday into a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said in a report.

The NHC said the center of the depression was located about 50 miles southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, and about 155 miles east-southeast of Mobile, Alabama.

The depression, which is packing winds near 35 miles per hour, was moving toward the northwest near 11 mph. The NHC in a report at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) predicted the storm would turn to the west-northwest during the next 24 hours.

Air Pollution Triggers Blood Clots: Study
September 21, 2007 08:15 AM - Reuters

CHICAGO  - Tiny particles of air pollution -- less than one tenth the width of a human hair -- can trigger clotting in the blood, U.S. researchers said on Thursday in a finding that helps explain how air pollution causes heart attacks and strokes.  Large population studies have shown pollution from the exhaust of trucks, buses and coal-burning factories increases the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes.

A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Local
September 21, 2007 08:12 AM - ,

Open your fridge and see what's inside: You might find strawberries from California, cheese from Wisconsin and maybe even a few lamb chops from New Zealand. Doesn't it strike you as a little bit odd that your everyday food might have more frequent flyer points than you do?

Mattel apologizes to China for product recalls
September 21, 2007 08:03 AM - Reuters

A senior Mattel executive apologized to China on Friday for recent recalls of Chinese-made toys and said it took full responsibility.

The Hobbit: Not Human?
September 21, 2007 07:43 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Scientists, wringing their hands over the identity of the famed "hobbit" fossil, have found a new clue in the wrist. Since the discovery of the bones in Indonesia in 2003, researchers have wrangled over whether the find was an ancient human ancestor or simply a modern human suffering from a genetic disorder.

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