As Chinese Living Standards Rise, So Does Demand for Decent Toilets
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press
It's an image that Shanghai's aggressively modern leaders want to shed: people rinsing out their chamber pots in alleys in the shadows of ultramodern skyscrapers.
U.N. Official Urges Southeast Europe to Work to Prevent Environment Mining Accidents
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A top United Nations official has urged countries in southeast Europe to take steps to prevent new environmental accidents at mines in the region.
NZ Greens Considering Consumer Boycott over Japan's Plans for Expanded Whale Hunt
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press
Green Party lawmakers in Australia and New Zealand are considering urging consumers to boycott Japanese products to protest Tokyo's plan to expand its annual whale hunt, the party's co-leader said Monday.
EarthNews Radio: Bikes to Transit
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN
Some cities are working to make bicycles a more viable option for commuting, in particular by linking them to public transit.
Chicago Zoo Probed After Three Monkeys Die
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Johnson, Associated Press
The group that accredits U.S. zoos and had been reviewing elephant care at the Lincoln Park Zoo expanded its investigation to the entire facility Thursday after learning three monkeys had died this week, officials said.
NYC Officials Battle Longhorned Beetles
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Polka-dotted 1.5-inch bullet-shaped beetles and parks officials are going head-to-head in a battle for the city's trees. Two Central Park trees found infested with the Asian longhorned beetle were chopped down on Wednesday and were to be burned in a bid to destroy the eggs buried in the wood, parks department spokeswoman Dana Rubinstein said.
Studies Show Sealants Protect against Arsenic in Wooden Playgrounds, Decks
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
Using an oil- or water-based sealant or stain at least once a year can limit the amount of arsenic in pesticide-treated lumber that can escape and come into contact with people's skin, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mexican Environmental Official Slams Pipeline Maintenance, Says Closure of Ducts Possible
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
A plan by Mexico's state-owned oil company to fix problem pipelines is "totally insufficient," and authorities may consider closing high-risk ducts threatening spills or explosions, the head of Mexico's environmental protection agency said Thursday.
Man Tries to Revive Honeybee Population
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Rathke, Associated Press
Todd Hardie of Honey Gardens Apiaries is dedicated to his honeybees. In December he and a group of volunteers scooped up 600 hives out of the snow, packed them onto a tractor trailer and drove them south to South Carolina. The bees, threatened by the deadly varroa mite, had a better chance of surviving the winter and thriving down south, he said.
Interim Storage Needed to Supplement Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump, House Subcommittee Says
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
A House spending panel is directing the Energy Department to start sending nuclear waste to an interim storage site next year, a shift from the Bush administration's focus on the troubled Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada.