Air Fresheners Unregulated, Potentially Dangerous, Group Says
October 1, 2007 10:45 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute

A study of 14 common household air fresheners has found that most of the surveyed products contain chemicals that can aggravate asthma and affect reproductive development, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “There are too many products on the shelves that we assume are safe, but have never even been tested,” said Dr. Gina Solomon, NRDC senior scientist. “The government should be keeping a watchful eye on these household items and the manufacturers who produce them.”

Turning Your Office Wasteland Into A Recycling Haven
October 1, 2007 10:29 AM - , Environmental Graffiti

For several years, colleagues within our office looked around at the mountains of used printer paper, newspapers and other waste that surrounded them and made mild mutterings about how awful it was that it all just went into the main waste skip and wasn’t recycled. Yet while many were keen to see the waste dealt with in a better way, no-one was particularly keen to take on the recycling role themselve  Yet, when we finally got the bit between our teeth at the start of the year and decided once and for all that the waste must stop, it turned out to be much easier than anticipated.

Europe's Largest Mobile Phone Recycling Facility to Open in UK
October 1, 2007 09:46 AM - , Green Progress

In a recent announcement made by Excel Fortune Holdings Ltd, it has been confirmed that Europe's largest mobile phone recycling facility will be established in Wales, UK to service and supply what has until now been a fragmented supply chain.  The company, headed up by telecoms industry veteran Mike Bandeira, has committed GBP6million to the venture with an estimated total start-up investment, including capital turnover, of GBP15million. The project has also been offered funding by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Sushi Craze Threatens Mediterranean's Giant Tuna
October 1, 2007 09:27 AM - Reuters

BARBATE, Spain - Fishermen like Diego Crespo have trapped the giant tuna swarming into the warm Mediterranean for over 3,000 years, but he says this year may be one of his last.  Japanese demand for its fatty flesh to make sushi has sparked a fishing frenzy for the Atlantic bluefin tuna -- a torpedo-shaped brute weighing up to half a tonne that can accelerate faster than a Porsche 911. Now a system of corralling the fish into "tuna ranches" has combined with a growing tuna fishing fleet to bring stocks dangerously close to collapse, warn scientists from ICCAT -- the body established by bluefin fishing countries to monitor the stock.

"Green" Fabrics For High Fashion
October 1, 2007 09:18 AM - Reuters

MILAN - A new forum that wants to put high fashion together with sustainable fabrics launched alongside Milan's womenswear shows last week, aiming to marry materials made of wood, plants and even milk with innovative design.  C.L.A.S.S. -- Creativity, Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy -- is the brainchild of Giusy Bettoni and Sandy McLennan, who had both had careers in the textile industry and saw a gap where designers could not easily find "green" fabrics.  "You would talk about sustainability and people were enthusiastic, and nothing was happening," said Bettoni.

Smoking is a turn-on for some genes: study
September 30, 2007 05:43 PM -

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Smoking may turn on some genes in the body in a permanent and harmful way, scientists said on Thursday in a study that may help explain why the risk of cancer remains high even after smokers quit.

They found many genetic changes that stop when a smoker quits, but found several genes that stay turned on for years, including several not previously linked with tobacco use.

"These irreversible changes may account for the persistent lung cancer risk despite smoking cessation," the researchers wrote in their report, published in BioMed Central journal BMC Genomics.

Ground search resumes for adventurer Fossett
September 30, 2007 04:33 PM - William Albright, Reuters

RENO (Reuters) - Search teams on foot, horseback and all-terrain vehicles resumed their quest on Sunday in western Nevada for millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, missing since taking off alone in a small plane on September 3.

The ground search, now in its second day, focused on a patch of rugged terrain identified by U.S. Air Force radar analysis as an area where Fossett's aircraft was likely to have gone down, said Gary Derks, a state Department of Public Safety official overseeing the operation.

Speaking to Reuters by telephone from the command center in Nevada's capital, Carson City, Derks said the teams were expected to finish covering the search area of roughly 50 to 60 square miles by nightfall.

Consumers worried about plastic bags' impact on the environment
September 30, 2007 09:11 AM - Associated Press

They're initially used for mere minutes, they cost only pennies to make and are rarely given much afterthought.

But more and more consumers and communities are thinking twice about the everlasting life of plastic bags.

They offer a convenient carry-all for everything from cereal to CDs to cosmetics.

But then what?

FDA staff urge warnings on kids' cold medicines
September 29, 2007 03:50 PM -

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines that contain decongestants and antihistamines should come with new instructions saying they are not recommended for very young children, U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewers have recommended.

The FDA has not made a final decision on whether to change the warnings or instructions for use on the widely used drugs, officials said in documents released late on Thursday. The agency will seek input from a panel of outside advisers next month.

Officials said in March they were reviewing use of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines in children. A group of doctors and public health officials had filed a petition voicing concerns that the drugs were risky and not effective for children.

Little-known Indian tribe spotted in Peru's Amazon
September 29, 2007 03:45 PM - Terry Wade and Marco Aquino

LIMA (Reuters) - Ecologists have photographed a little-known nomadic tribe deep in Peru's Amazon, a sighting that could intensify debate about the presence of isolated Indians as oil firms line up to explore the jungle.

Carrying arrows and living in palm-leaf huts on the banks of the Las Piedras river, the tribe was glimpsed last week by researchers flying over the Alto Purus national park near the Brazilian border to look for illegal loggers.

"We saw them by chance. There were three huts and about 21 Indians -- children, women and young people," said Ricardo Hon, a forest scientist at the National Institute of Natural Resources.

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