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German Study Links Traffic Jams and Heart Attacks

In a study that gives new meaning to the concept of a "killer commute," researchers have concluded that people caught in traffic are three times more likely to suffer a heart attack within the hour than those who aren't tied up on the road. >> Read the Full Article

Despite Thick Smog, French Air Force Team Struts Aerobatic Stuff for Hong Kong

Roaring boldly through the smog, French air force stunt pilots performed spectacular aerobatic jet maneuvers Wednesday in a goodwill gesture from France that was marred by Hong Kong's filthy skies. >> Read the Full Article

Strolling May Be Hazardous to Your Health in Italy's Polluted Cities, Say Doctors

An after-dinner stroll in an Italian city instead of a smoke? Your lungs won't thank you, a study of Italian urban pollution indicates. >> Read the Full Article

Washington Orca Population Heads South to Feast on Chum Salmon

Washington state's resident killer whales, with two newborns in tow, dodged a potentially lethal roadblock in their voyage south to feast on a healthy run of chum salmon, experts say. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. to Poison Prairie Dogs in South Dakota

Wildlife workers have begun a program to poison thousands of prairie dogs in the grasslands of South Dakota to stop them from moving onto private ranch land parched by drought, a federal official said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Louisiana Supreme Court Throws Out $1.3 Billion Judgment for Oyster Fishers

The Louisiana Supreme Court threw out a $1.3 billion judgment this week for oyster fishers who claimed that a coastal restoration project ruined their businesses. >> Read the Full Article

Kerry Wins Fans Abroad with Global Warming Plan

Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has won plaudits abroad for his promises to fight global warming but could find his hands tied at home if he wins next month's U.S. elections. >> Read the Full Article

Audubon Blames Habitat Losses for Drop in Bird Populations

The feathered creatures winging across North America have an obvious gift that land-bound humans lack, but their survival is threatened by earthly concerns. >> Read the Full Article

Four Southwest Virginia Companies Cited for Pollutants

Manufacturing produces waste. Even highly regulated industries sometimes violate environmental permit conditions or produce more pollution than permits allow. >> Read the Full Article

Isle of Wight County, Va., Paper Mill Seeks Pollution Variances

The International Paper mill in Isle of Wight County says it needs the OK to pursue alternatives to state air pollution laws in order to invest millions in environmental improvements at the plant. >> Read the Full Article