Pollution

One dead, five infected with bird flu in Pakistan
December 15, 2007 12:27 PM - Alistair Scrutton, Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has recorded its first human death from bird flu and five other people have been infected with the deadly H5N1 virus, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Bali breakthrough launches climate talks
December 15, 2007 07:31 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nearly 200 nations agreed at U.N.-led talks in Bali on Saturday to launch negotiations on a new pact to fight global warming after a reversal by the United States allowed a breakthrough.

Washington said the agreement marked a new chapter in climate diplomacy after six years of disputes with major allies since President George W. Bush pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol, the main existing plan for combating warming.

CORRECTED: Bali breakthrough launches historic climate talks
December 15, 2007 05:31 AM - Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nearly 200 nations agreed at U.N.-led talks in Bali on Saturday to launch negotiations on a new pact to fight global warming after a reversal by the United States allowed a historic breakthrough.

Washington said the agreement marked a new chapter in climate diplomacy after six years of disputes with major allies since President George W. Bush pulled out in 2001 from the Kyoto Protocol, the main existing plan for combating warming.

Alcohol sales linked to gang violence
December 14, 2007 11:00 AM - UC Riverside Newswire

Riverside, California - Gang violence that plagues communities throughout the United States may be reduced by enforcing laws that ban the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside.

Sociologist Robert Nash Parker, co-director of UCR’s Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, and sociology graduate students Kate Luther and Lisa Murphy (now an assistant professor of criminal justice at California State Universit, Long Beach) found a link between high rates of gang violence and high densities of alcohol outlets in a study that grew out of a 12-year gang-intervention project in Riverside, a city of more than 290,000 in Inland Southern California.

Heavy traffic makes breathing a burden in children
December 14, 2007 08:17 AM - American Thoracic Society

Exposure to traffic pollution may increase respiratory problems and reduce lung volumes in children with asthma, according to researchers who studied the effects of road and traffic density on children’s lung function and respiratory symptoms in the border town of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.

EU-U.S. Climate Impasse Easing
December 14, 2007 06:03 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Europe toned down a clash with the United States over 2020 climate goals on the final day of U.N. talks in Bali on Friday, raising hopes of a deal to start negotiations on a new global warming treaty.

"I think that the situation is good, the climate in the climate conference is good, that we will have success in the end," German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a shift to conciliation with Washington after confrontation on Thursday.

Climate change "not luxury" for Africa
December 14, 2007 04:19 AM - Reuters

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Industrialized countries have a moral responsibility to help Africa mitigate the effects of climate change, Kenya's Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai said on Friday.

"For the global South, especially Africa, environmental issues are not a luxury," the environmental activist said in an article in Kenya's Business Daily newspaper on the final day of climate change talks in Bali.

 

Japan Plans Tax Benefits on Green Auto Fuels
December 14, 2007 04:00 AM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to reduce the tax on prices of "green" auto fuels and make free of duty imports of the plant-origin gasoline additive ETBE, both effective from April, to meet Tokyo's commitments to make more use of such fuels.

The tax exemption by 3 percent for the five years to March, 2013, and duty free on imports of ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) for one year would initially help the oil industry, a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry official in charge of the fuel policy said on Friday.

Chemical Spill Threat in China
December 14, 2007 03:35 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A ship carrying 130 tons of a corrosive chemical was sinking on China's vast Yangtze River on Friday, but there was immediate no sign of pollution, state media said.

The ship was carrying liquid caustic soda and was sinking in the middle reaches of China's longest river, Xinhua news agency said.

U.N. climate panel chief hopes for Bali timetable
December 14, 2007 01:20 AM - Reuters

The head of the U.N. climate panel expressed hope that climate talks in Bali will end on Friday with a clear timetable for fixing greenhouse gas emission cuts to help fend off dangerous global warming.

The 190-nation talks aimed at launching two years of talks on a global pact to fight global warming have been deadlocked over emissions goals with the United States, Japan and Canada opposed to any reference to numerical goals for emissions.

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