Second Life look at nature's real-life problems
August 23, 2007 10:59 AM - World Wildlife Fund

Gland, Switzerland — Ever dreamt of building a new life on a deserted island? Then pack your virtual toolkit and head for Conservation Island, a place where an orang-utan will “sell” you ice-cream and a panda will be your friend. Set up by WWF in the virtual world Second Life, the island is the latest initiative in the global conservation organization’s campaign to get people to live in harmony with nature.

What's in a Name? Everything To Your Dog
August 23, 2007 06:23 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SANDPOINT, Idaho - The most important thing you can teach your new dog is his name, according to a new book, Happy Hound. Author Susan Daffron says if your dog doesn't learn his name, it's almost impossible to teach him anything else. She offers a few naming suggestions in her new book "Happy Hound: Develop a Great Relationship with Your Adopted Dog or puppy.

On Film: Man Saves Duck, Duck Saves Man
August 22, 2007 10:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

PHILADELPHIA - A new film is getting high praise from the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, Farm Sanctuary, for standing up for ducks and for voicing their opposition to foie gras. Nic Bettaur's film, DUCK, starring Philip Baker Hall, premieres August 24 at Ritz 5 Movies in Philadelphia.

Full Disclosure - UK Body Care Eco-Store, With A Twist
August 22, 2007 09:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LEICESTER, England - - An English eco-company with a catchy name, Eco-a-go-go, announced its efforts to make buying natural and organic personal care products easier for health conscious consumers. Their idea: help customers sift through the quaqmire of vague labelling on many personal care products.

Filmmakers Issue Challenge: Can 1 Million People Reduce Their Environmental Impact In 2008?
August 22, 2007 09:30 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SEATTLE - They call it, the 11th Hour Challenge. The challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to educate themselves and make small, practical, lifestyle changes by the end of this year to decrease their energy usage and carbon output with a goal of reducing their emissions by ten percent in 2008.

New Study: Americans Reach Environmental Turning Point, Companies Need to Catch Up
August 22, 2007 09:20 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK - A new study says the vast majority (87%) of consumers agreeing they are seriously concerned about the environment and most Americans are looking to the federal government to strengthen their enforcement of green regulations (73%). The study also found that while they say balance between economic growth and environmental protection is a good goal, the environment should come first when a conflict arises (52%).

Experts Say Housing Market Downturn, Mortgage Crunch Will Severly Hurt Vehicle Sales
August 22, 2007 08:56 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NORTHVILLE, Mich. - The deepening downturn in new housing starts, combined with soaring consumer debt triggered by rising adjustable rate mortgages, will continue to put the brakes on U.S. light vehicle sales through the remainder of 2007. That's the conclusion of an analysis by automotive market forecasters. Analysts predict that consumer budgets stretched to the breaking point as a result of the mortgage crunch will drag sales down to 16.2 million units this year -- 350,000 fewer vehicles than in 2006. It would be the lowest sales level since 1998.

Maoist Woes Push Nepal To Cut Everest Climbing Fees
August 22, 2007 03:35 PM - Gopal Sharma, Reuters

KATHMANDU - Nepal will slash climbing fees for Mount Everest in the off-season to lure mountaineers to the world's tallest peak and boost tourism hit by years of a Maoist conflict, a senior minister said on Wednesday. Dozens of mountaineering teams, each paying at least $70,000, go to the 8,850-metre (29,035-feet) Everest summit during the main climbing season that runs from March to May.

Even A Little Exercise Has Health Benefits
August 22, 2007 03:09 PM - Reuters Health

A new study shows that even low levels of weekly exercise - below currently recommended levels -- has major health benefits. In the study, 30 minutes of brisk walking three days per week was enough to drive down blood pressure and improve overall fitness in a group of healthy sedentary adults. For optimum health, adults are currently recommended to engage in 30 minutes of moderately strenuous exercise on at least five days of the week. But few people achieve this level of weekly activity, often citing lack of time as the reason.

High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed In U.S. Kids
August 22, 2007 02:12 PM - Reuters

CHICAGO - High blood pressure among children and adolescents, a growing problem linked to increasing juvenile obesity, often goes undiagnosed in the United States, according to a study published on Tuesday. This is dangerous, as high blood pressure can quietly damage the organs, especially the kidneys, the researchers reported in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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