$100 Laptops For Poor Children, Prices Go Up
September 15, 2007 10:26 AM - Jim Finkle, Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - A nonprofit group that plans to produce low-cost computers for poor children has raised the laptops' price, a spokesman for the foundation said on Friday. The One Laptop per Child Foundation's XO laptop will sell for about $188, up from the $176 the group announced in May, said foundation spokesman George Snell. That's almost double the original goal of the foundation's founder, Nicholas Negroponte, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher and the brother of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.

Paint It Green
September 15, 2007 10:18 AM - Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters Life!) - Reducing emissions and raising fuel efficiency are the magic words at the Frankfurt International Motor show (IAA) as manufacturers and suppliers go all out to out-do each other -- or at least out-talk each other. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from one of the prime suspects blamed for climate change is on everyone's mind this year -- from luxury carmakers to tyremakers, from sat-nav producers to car clubs teaching fuel-saving driving techniques.

High U.S. cocaine cost shows drug war working: Mexico
September 15, 2007 09:56 AM - Reuters

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general said on Friday fewer drug-related killings at home and rising narcotics prices in the United States showed his government is winning the war against cartels. President Felipe Calderon has sent thousands of troops and federal police to combat drug gangs since the start of the year but hitmen continue to carry out daylight revenge attacks across Mexico. A police chief of the central state of San Luis Potosi was killed by gunmen on Thursday.

Sick? Lonely? Genes tell the tale
September 15, 2007 09:47 AM - Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lonely people are more likely to get sick and die young, and researchers said on Thursday they may have found out why -- their immune systems are haywire. They used a "gene chip" to look at the DNA of isolated people and found that people who described themselves as chronically lonely have distinct patterns of genetic activity, almost all of it involving the immune system. The study does not show which came first -- the loneliness or the physical traits. But it does suggest there may be a way to help prevent the deadly effects of loneliness, said Steve Cole, a molecular biologist at the University of California Los Angeles who worked on the study.

China to crack down on rich flouting one-child rule
September 15, 2007 09:24 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Rich Chinese people who flout the country's family planning policies, which usually limit couples to one child, will face higher fines under tougher new enforcement guidelines, state media said on Saturday. The China Daily said the move to assess fines in line with the violator's income came in response to widespread concern that current fines did not serve as enough of a deterrent to the well-off, essentially allowing them to treat the fines as a fee for having more than one child.

Indonesia quake toll rises to 17 dead
September 15, 2007 08:33 AM - Reuters

The toll from a severe earthquake on Indonesia's Sumatra island last week has risen to 17 dead and 88 injured, while more than 13,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, officials said on Saturday.

Musicians Spread the Enviro Vibe
September 14, 2007 04:07 PM -

Policy Innovations talks with Evan O'Neil and Brian Allenby of Reverb about the carbon offset market and how musicians are reducing their environmental footprint. Brian, the entertainment community is really taking the lead on environmental issues in the United States. How does Reverb help the artists themselves go green? Brian Allenby: Reverb works with artists on a number of fronts. The main goal is to make their tours and concerts carbon neutral—balancing out the waste and energy use with biodiesel for vehicles and generators, biodegradable catering supplies, recycling, and efficiency measures. And, of course, there's the band merchandise, which is made with organic cotton and bamboo fiber.

Alaskans Flee Village Under Flood Threat
September 14, 2007 07:13 AM - Jeannette J. Lee -Associated Press

More than half the residents of an isolated Arctic village were evacuated as storm surges threatened to flood their slender barrier island Thursday, the latest chapter in their losing battle against the sea. With no road system within hundreds of miles of Kivalina, about 100 people, mostly seniors and children, boarded small propeller planes to the regional hub city of Kotzebue.

Window to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change Closing.
September 14, 2007 07:06 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Consumption of energy and many other critical resources is consistently breaking records, disrupting the climate and undermining life on the planet, according to the latest Worldwatch Institute report, Vital Signs 2007-2008. The 44 trends tracked in Vital Signs illustrate the urgent need to check consumption of energy and other resources that are contributing to the climate crisis, starting with the largest polluter, the United States, which accounted for over 21 percent of global carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning in 2005

New Sumatra quakes rock Indonesia
September 14, 2007 06:58 AM - Ahmad Pathoni -Reuters

Frightened residents on Indonesia's Sumatra island huddled in tents outside their damaged homes on Friday, traumatized by the latest of more than 40 aftershocks since a huge earthquake struck two days ago. Indonesia's meteorology agency issued on Friday the latest in a series of tsunami warnings after another strong quake in Sumatra, although it was lifted about an hour later.

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