Pollution

Report says war on terror is fuelling al Qaeda
October 7, 2007 08:15 PM - Kate Kelland, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Six years after the September 11 attacks in the United States, the "war on terror" is failing and instead fuelling an increase in support for extremist Islamist movements, a British think-tank said on Monday.

A report by the Oxford Research Group (ORG) said a "fundamental re-think is required" if the global terrorist network is to be rendered ineffective.

"If the al Qaeda movement is to be countered, then the roots of its support must be understood and systematically undercut," said Paul Rogers, the report's author and professor of global peace studies at Bradford University in northern England.

"Combined with conventional policing and security measures, al Qaeda can be contained and minimized but this will require a change in policy at every level."

He described the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as a "disastrous mistake" which had helped establish a "most valued jihadist combat training zone" for al Qaeda supporters.

Sam's Club recalls Cargill-made hamburgers in U.S.
October 6, 2007 06:18 PM -

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sam's Club is pulling frozen hamburgers made by agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. from its stores shelves across the United States as Minnesota health officials investigate four cases of E. coli associated with the burgers.

In a statement dated Friday, Sam's Club owner Wal-Mart Stores Inc said the warehouse club is removing the American Chef's Selection Angus Beef patties from U.S. locations and giving refunds to customers who already purchased the burgers.

All four cases of E. coli being investigated occurred in children, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement. The cases are associated with eating ground beef patties purchased from Sam's Club stores in late August and September.

Sam's Club customers should return or destroy any American Chef's Selection Angus Beef purchased from Sam's Club since August 26, the department of health said.

Saving the World One Handbag at a Time
October 5, 2007 04:49 PM -

Los Angeles - With concern for the environment reaching a fever pitch worldwide, celebrities who are at the forefront of the green living movement are moving beyond endorsing hybrid cars to embracing eco-fashion.  New York’s recent Fashion Week featured “green” fabrics as well as vintage and recycled clothing, and it’s no surprised that Hollywood celebrities are now toting environmentally friendly handbags.  Eva Longoria, Heidi Klum, America Ferrara, Kate Walsh and Serena Williams own Half the Sky Design’s “Rebagz™”; stylish and vibrant bags in a variety of shapes and sizes made from recycled juice pouches and nylon rice bags.

US Organic Fraud Protection Program Launched
October 5, 2007 10:36 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

IOWA CITY, Iowa – In a move designed to stop fraud in organics, the powerful National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) has announced it's creating the organic industry’s first system-wide, retailer-based organic fraud detection and prevention program.

The Iowa-based group is partnering with Hanover Co-op Food Stores, PCC Natural Markets and Unified Grocers on a pilot program. They'll be exploring the implementation of a fraud protection plan.

China Tightens Environment Rules for Coast Projects
October 5, 2007 07:33 AM - Reuters

BEIJING  - China has amended regulations to require environmental impact assessments for coastal construction projects, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.  The amendment, which takes effect on January 1, requires reports on the marine impact of all coastal projects, including rebuilding and expansion projects, before they win environmental approval.

Vast African Dump Poisons Children: U.N
October 5, 2007 07:30 AM - Reuters

NAIROBI - Willis Ochieng, 10, scavenges through smoking refuse piled as high as a house at one of Africa's biggest rubbish mountains, his friends sitting nearby sucking on dirty plastic bottles of noxious yellow glue. Located near slums in the east of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the open dump receives some 2,000 tons of garbage daily. A U.N. study published on Friday says it is seriously harming the health of children and polluting the city.

U.S. Recalls over 1/2 Million Toys for Lead Levels
October 4, 2007 03:35 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than half a million toys ranging from key chains to Winnie the Pooh bookmarks and Baby Einstein color blocks are being recalled because of excessive lead levels, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

Among the recalled toys, all made in China, were key chains with words like "truth" or "believe" engraved on them that have "high levels" of lead, the commission said in a statement.

Dollar General Merchandising Inc sold 192,000 of the key chains for $1, the CPSC said.

Lead is toxic in large amounts. A 4-year-old Minneapolis boy died of lead poisoning in 2006 when he swallowed a small charm. In smaller amounts, lead can cause developmental delays and behavioral problems.

Shell sued over 2004 pollution
October 4, 2007 09:46 AM -

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch public prosecutor is suing Royal Dutch Shell for not notifying authorities swiftly when one of its Dutch plants released a cloud of ethylene oxide into the atmosphere in March 2004.

Oil major Shell said the emission of the substance, which is highly flammable and can lead to explosions, took place by accident during the start up of the Moerdijk plant after a major turnaround.

A Shell spokesman said the firm initially thought the emission was less than 100 kilograms of the substance -- the threshold for informing authorities - but an investigation later showed between 1,000 and 2,000 kilograms was released.

Kazakh Oil Venture to Fight Environmental Fine
October 4, 2007 07:48 AM - Reuters

ALMATY - A Chevron-led oil venture in Kazakhstan will challenge a $609 million fine imposed on it for environmental law violations at the huge Tengiz oilfield, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. The fine was announced on Wednesday by Ecology Minister Nurlan Iskakov who cited the group's slow progress in removing open air sulfur stocks at the oilfield in the west of the vast and sparsely populated Central Asian state.

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