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Island states urge far tougher U.N. climate goals

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Saying that rising seas might wipe countries off the map, small island states urged rich nations at U.N. climate talks on Saturday to axe emissions of greenhouse gases far beyond their existing plans.

"The principle must be that no island must be left behind," said Angus Friday of Grenada, chair of the 43-member alliance of small island states at December 3-14 climate talks at a beach resort in Bali looking for new ways to fight global warming.

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PETA boycotting Mars candy co. over animal cruelty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for a boycott of M&Ms, Twix candy bars and other snack foods made by Mars Inc, claiming the company funds experiments that kill mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.

"In violation of its own written policy, the candy company is currently funding a study at the University of California, San Francisco, that uses rats. The rats are force fed by having plastic tubes shoved down their throats, and they are then cut open and killed," PETA said in a statement.

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U.S. pork workers develop mysterous neorological condition

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eleven workers who removed brains from slaughtered pigs at a plant in Minnesota have come down with a mysterious neurological condition, company and U.S. health officials said on Friday.

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Canada reactor shutdown hitting medical tests

TORONTO (Reuters) - The shutdown of a Canadian reactor that produces key radioisotopes for nuclear medicine, is already beginning to have an impact on hospital services, the head of a Canadian medical association said on Friday.

"In my own hospital, yesterday, I was unable to do tests looking for blood clots in the lung because the isotope was not available," Christopher O'Brien, president of the Ontario Association of Nuclear Medicine said.

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Greenpeace urges EU and Africa to end deforestation

LISBON (Reuters) - Greenpeace urged European Union and African leaders meeting in Lisbon over the weekend to take urgent measures to stop the destruction of African forests which cause carbon emissions responsible for climate change.

"Leaders in Lisbon have to exercise political muscle and immediately support a halt to deforestation in Africa," said Stephan Van Praet, coordinator for the Greenpeace International Africa Forest Campaign.

Trees soak up carbon dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- as they grow and release it when they rot or are burnt.

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Studies show how fruits and veggies reduce cancer

Other studies show that dark-colored berries can reduce the risk of cancer too -- adding more evidence to a growing body of research that shows fruits and vegetables, especially richly colored varieties, can reduce the risk of cancer.

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Noted forecasters see 7 hurricanes next year

MIAMI (Reuters) - The noted Colorado State University hurricane research team predicted on Friday that 13 tropical storms will develop in the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, of which seven would strengthen into hurricanes.

The team formed by forecasting pioneer William Gray, whose long-range forecasts have been wrong for the past three years, said that would make 2008 a "somewhat above-average" hurricane season. The long-term average is for 10 tropical storms and six hurricanes during the six-month season starting June 1.

Gray's team, now led by his protege Philip Klotzbach, said three of the hurricanes next year would be the most dangerous Category 3 or above storms, with winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 km per hour).

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Emissions cap for poor unlikely at Bali talks

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The chance that developing countries would accept firm emissions-cutting targets receded on Friday, as U.N.-led talks to launch negotiations on a climate pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol inched forward.

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China chemical plant reaps "green" U.N. profit

CHANGSHU, China (Reuters) - 3F is one of China's top chemical firms with a plant outside the city of Changshu, which translates as constant harvest, that sends ingredients for everything from aerosols to fire-extinguishers around the world.

But the financial harvest the plant is reaping from its smallest, shiniest unit comes not from making a chemical, but destroying one.

 

 

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Barroso seeks to end EU row over car emissions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has stepped in to try to resolve a row between industry and environment commissioners over fining carmakers who fail to meet EU pollution limits.

Amid fierce lobbying, the European Union executive is due to adopt regulations on December 19 on how to enforce an average limit of 120 grams per km in carbon dioxide emissions by 2012 -- part of the bloc's ambitious strategy to combat climate change.

 

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