Parents Wary After China Toys Recall
August 16, 2007 12:25 AM - By Matthew Bigg, Reuters
The recall of millions of Chinese-made toys by U.S. toy company Mattel Inc. will make Americans more cautious about buying toys made in China but will not deter them, parents said.
Chinese Officials To Visit U.S. For Safety Talks
August 16, 2007 12:15 AM - By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent, Reuters
China will send delegations to the United States in August and September to discuss food and product safety following a spate of product recalls, a Chinese Embassy official said on Wednesday. Zhao Baoqing, first commercial secretary of the embassy, told reporters the senior-level delegations would discuss the recent problems and Chinese safety measures with U.S. authorities from the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Houston Pipeline Company Fined $2.8 Million For Dumping Oil, Gas Into Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma Waterways
August 15, 2007 08:00 PM - PR Newswire
Two Houston-based oil and gas distributors will pay a civil penalty of approximately $2.8 million for discharging approximately 6,470 barrels of jet fuel, gasoline and crude oil into multiple waterways in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma between November 2001 and May 2005, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The companies are TE Products Pipeline Co. LLC and TEPPCO Crude Pipeline, LLC (collectively TEPPCO).
Freshwater supplies threatened in central Pacific
August 15, 2007 10:35 AM - Soil Science Society of America
Pacific island nations face most critical freshwater supply and sanitation problems in the world
High pollution linked to poor lung function growth in children in Mexico City
August 15, 2007 08:29 AM - American Thoracic Society
Children who are chronically exposed to higher levels of air pollution show marked deficiencies in lung growth and function, and not just short-term breathing problems, according to researchers in Mexico.
NYC Gets $354 Million in Federal Funds for Traffic-Toll Plan to Reduce Manhattan Traffic
August 15, 2007 07:09 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press
The federal government has agreed to pay $354 million to New York City to help it launch an ambitious plan to reduce traffic by charging tolls for driving into the busiest parts of Manhattan.
China River Pollution Kills 40,000 Kilograms of Fish
August 15, 2007 07:04 AM - Reuters
Waste water dumped by factories into a river in southwest China has poisoned and killed about 40,000 kg (88,180 lb) of fish, media said on Tuesday.
Chinese Executive Kills Self Amid Recall
August 14, 2007 09:16 PM - By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press Writer
The head of a Chinese manufacturer whose lead-tainted Sesame Street toys were the center of a massive U.S. recall has killed himself, a state-run newspaper said Monday. Cheung Shu-hung, who co-owned Lee Der Industrial Co., committed suicide at a warehouse over the weekend, apparently by hanging himself, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.
Study Suggests Carbon Market Encourages Chopping Forests
August 14, 2007 09:40 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
The current carbon market actually encourages cutting down some of the world's biggest forests, which would unleash tons of climate-warming carbon into the atmosphere, a new study reported Monday. Under the Kyoto Protocol aimed at stemming climate change, there is no profitable reason for the 10 countries and one French territory with 20 percent of Earth's intact tropical forest to maintain this resource, according to a study in the journal Public Library of Science Biology.
Reward Offered for China Cities Curbing Pollution
August 13, 2007 10:19 AM - Reuters
China's top coal producing province has offered rewards of up to 2 million yuan ($263,800) to cities dropping off a list of the country's 10 worst polluters, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.