Blog Action Day: One issue, thousands of voices
October 12, 2007 08:36 AM - UNEP
Thousands of voices will speak out for the environment for the first-ever Blog Action Day on 15 October. This non-profit event, partnered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is an unprecedented call for bloggers around the planet to write about environmental issues on the same day.
Penney recalls Winnie-the-Pooh sets due to lead
October 11, 2007 07:27 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retailer J.C. Penney Co recalled thousands of Winnie-the-Pooh doll play sets, wooden art boxes and horse-themed holiday ornaments because of unsafe levels of lead paint, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.
The largest number of items recalled were 49,000 Winnie- the-Pooh play sets made in China. Each 23-piece play set included a baby doll, playpen, swing, stroller and sold for about $40, the safety agency said.
The play sets were sold from the Penney catalog and Web site during a two-year period ending in August 2007, it said.
Lipsticks Contain Excessive Lead, Tests Reveal
October 11, 2007 07:12 PM - Karen Jacobs, Reuters
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Lipsticks tested by a U.S. consumer rights group found that more than half contained lead and some popular brands including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior had more lead than others, the group said on Thursday.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by the Bodycote Testing Group in Santa Fe Spring, California, found that 61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm). One-third of the lipsticks tested contained an amount of lead that exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy -- a standard established to protect children from ingesting lead, the group said. Thirty-nine percent of the lipsticks tested had no discernible lead, it said.
Congo pygmies go high-tech to protect forest home
October 11, 2007 07:04 PM - Pascal Fletcher, Reuters
DAKAR (Reuters) - When Congo Republic's northern pygmies go out into the forest these days, some will be carrying hand-held satellite tracking devices along with their traditional bows and spears.
Using GPS handsets to pinpoint sacred sites and hunting areas, the nomadic forest dwellers are literally putting themselves on the map to protect their livelihoods and habitat against the chainsaws and bulldozers of commercial loggers.
Vail Switching To Hormone-Free Meats, Organic Dairy
October 11, 2007 04:48 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Vail Resorts, Inc. announced today it will serve up natural, hormone-free meats and poultry and organic dairy products in casual on-mountain restaurants at its five resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly in California and Nevada beginning the 2007-2008 ski season. Vail Resorts serves over 2.5 million lunches each ski season at approximately 40 on-mountain venues across its five ski resorts, primarily to families and active, health-conscious guests of all ages. The organic dairy products and natural meats procured through what they've dubbed the Good Food Partnership will be used to prepare meals in Vail Resorts' on-mountain kitchens by resort chefs.
Unprecedented Muslim call for peace with Christians
October 11, 2007 04:15 PM - Peter Graff, Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - More than 130 Muslim scholars from around the globe called on Thursday for peace and understanding between Islam and Christianity, saying "the very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake".
In an unprecedented letter to Pope Benedict and other Christian leaders, 138 Muslim scholars said finding common ground between the world's biggest faiths was not simply a matter for polite dialogue between religious leaders.
"If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace. With the terrible weaponry of the modern world; with Muslims and Christians intertwined everywhere as never before, no side can unilaterally win a conflict between more than half of the world's inhabitants," the scholars wrote.
Survey: Travelers Choosing Green, But Not At Any Cost
October 11, 2007 02:37 PM -
WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than half of all U.S. adults say they would be more likely to select an airline, rental car or hotel that uses more environmentally friendly products and processes, according to the results of the latest travelhorizons survey by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) and Ypartnership.
But while more than half of U.S. adults may be advocates of environmental responsibility, only 14 percent of respondents said their actual selection of a travel service supplier would be influenced by that supplier’s efforts to preserve and protect the environment. Just 13 percent would be willing to pay higher rates or fares to use suppliers who demonstrate environmental responsibility (although fully 56 percent said they might).
Iowa’s Earthpark: Rain Forest, Green Hotel And More
October 11, 2007 02:08 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News
NEW YORK—Maxon Holdings LLC (Maxon), a leading energy and environmental development company, announced a partnership with Earthpark, North America’s first center for science literacy and the environment. Maxon will provide $10 million of in-kind financial and technical support toward the completion and opening of Earthpark, scheduled to open on Earth Day, 2011. Maxon will give this support through its infrastructure asset financing operations, part of the company’s asset optimization business. Maxon’s contribution will facilitate ongoing support and involvement with educational and research efforts in the areas of global sustainability and restorative living practices.
Drugmakers recall infant cold medicine
October 11, 2007 12:26 PM - Debra Sherman, Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson Wyeth and other makers of infants' nonprescription cough and cold products are recalling certain medicines in the United States because of the danger of overdose, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association said on Thursday.
Novartis and Prestige Brands Holdings are recalling their oral infant cough and cold medicines, as well, because data show that when the medicines are misused, it can lead to overdose, especially in children under 2 years old.
At least one U.S. pharmacy pulled the products from its shelves. CVS Pharmacy said it will immediately remove those recalled medicines and store-brand equivalents.
A spokeswoman for Consumer Healthcare, a trade association representing the makers of over-the-counter medicines, said overdoses have led to death and serious injury in rare instances, but stressed that the medications are safe when used as directed.
Earth Getting Wetter and Stickier, Researchers Say
October 11, 2007 08:39 AM - Reuters
Greenhouse gases are making the earth's atmosphere wetter and stickier, which may lead to more powerful hurricanes, hotter temperatures and heavier rainfall in tropical regions, British researchers reported on Wednesday.
The findings, published in the journal Nature, are some of the first to show how human-produced greenhouse gases have affected global humidity levels in recent decades and could offer clues on future climate change, the researchers said.