Antibacterial Chemical disrupts hormone activities
December 10, 2007 05:13 PM - University of California, Davis, Newswire
Davis, California - A new UC Davis study shows that a common antibacterial chemical added to bath soaps can alter hormonal activity in rats and in human cells in the laboratory -- and does so by a previously unreported mechanism.
The findings come as an increasing number of studies -- of both lab animals and humans -- are revealing that some synthetic chemicals in household products can cause health problems by interfering with normal hormone action. Called endocrine disruptors, or endocrine disrupting substances (EDS), such chemicals have been linked in animal studies to a variety of problems, including cancer, reproductive failure and developmental anomalies.
Nobel winners say science must transcend borders
December 10, 2007 12:05 PM - By Sarah Edmonds, Reuters
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Scientists must break through the boundaries between disciplines and nations to find solutions to some of the great unanswered questions, some of 2007's Nobel prize winners said on Friday.
Canadian retail chain pulls plastic water bottles
December 10, 2007 08:22 AM - Reuters
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's largest outdoor-goods chain has pulled water bottles and food containers made of polycarbonate plastic from its shelves over worries about the chemical bisphenol A, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems in animals.
Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Co-op became the first major Canadian retailer to stop selling products that contain bisphenol A over fears the chemical can leach from plastic food and water containers.
Kerry sells Democrats' green message in Bali
December 10, 2007 07:55 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Senator John Kerry swept into climate talks in Bali on Monday saying an administration run by the Democrats would mean the difference between night and day on policies to fight global warming.
Kerry said the Democrats want to do everything President George W. Bush doesn't to fight climate change, namely back mandatory emissions targets and pass a bill to create a cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide emissions.
"I am convinced the politics of 2009 in the United States are going to be just night and day, different from where we have been before," he told a news conference.
China hunts father-and-son bird flu link
December 10, 2007 05:53 AM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese health authorities said on Monday they were hunting for the causal link between a son and his father both struck by bird flu, but have found no evidence that the virus has mutated into a new strain.
The 52-year old father was diagnosed with the H5N1 strain of bird flu late last week in the eastern province of Jiangsu, days after his 24-year old son died from the disease.
Beijing turns on the heat on polluting kebabs
December 10, 2007 03:35 AM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing, wary of blowing its clean air target before next year's Olympic Games, will crack down on outdoor kebab sellers as part of a 20-day campaign against street-level polluters, local media said on Monday.
Beijing's air pollution is a major concern for athletes and officials planning for next August, and Olympic chief Jacques Rogge said that some Games events would have to be rescheduled if air quality were not good enough.
U.S rejects stiff 2020 greenhouse goals in Bali
December 10, 2007 02:40 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Washington rejected stiff 2020 targets for greenhouse gas cuts by rich nations at U.N. talks in Bali on Monday as part of a "roadmap" to work out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009.
"It's prejudging what the outcome should be," chief negotiator Harlan Watson said of a draft suggesting that rich nations should aim to axe emissions of heat-trapping gases by between 25 and 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
Lebanese dump has stench of environmental neglect
December 9, 2007 07:30 PM - By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent, Reuters
SIDON, Lebanon (Reuters) - Every day bulldozers pile more garbage on to a mountain of waste on the Sidon seafront in a symbol of Lebanon's environmental problems, aggravated, activists say, by politics, mismanagement and greed.
U.N. talks will not decide on new HFC incentives
December 8, 2007 08:13 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The biggest winners from a U.N. scheme to reward companies which cut emissions of potent greenhouse gases will have to wait until next year to see if the multi-billion-dollar rewards are extended.
A 190-nation climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, failed to agree terms to allow companies to profit from destroying gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are a waste product from making refrigerants.
South Korea's worst oil spill blackens coast
December 8, 2007 05:35 AM - Reuters
TAEAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean workers using skimmers and containment fences battled on Saturday to clean up the worst oil spill in the country's history, as the slick washed ashore near a nature preserve on the west coast.
Parts of about 17 kms (11 miles) of coastline about 100 km southwest of Seoul have already been blackened by oil, the coast guard said. More of the spill is expected on Sunday to hit the area that has marine farms and oyster beds.