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  • “The Largest Man-Made Environmental Catastrophe”

    The annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society was rocked yesterday by the announcement by an international team of scientists that arsenic contamination in drinking water is "the largest identified man-made environmental catastrophe". A presentation by Cambridge University researchers revealed that 60 countries over 5 continents have been affected by arsenic contamination, with South East Asia, particularly Bangladesh, as the worst off. The health of 140 million people is threatened by the presence of arsenic, mostly in developing countries. >> Read the Full Article
  • Scientists At MIT Unraveling The Secrets Of Red Tide

    Cambridge, Mass. - In work that could one day help prevent millions of dollars in economic losses for seaside communities, MIT chemists have demonstrated how tiny marine organisms likely produce the red tide toxin that periodically shuts down U.S. beaches and shellfish beds. In the Aug. 31 cover story of Science, the MIT team describes an elegant method for synthesizing the lethal components of red tides. The researchers believe their method approximates the synthesis used by algae, a reaction that chemists have tried for decades to replicate, without success. >> Read the Full Article
  • Japan Halts Nuclear Research Units On Safety Concerns

    TOKYO - Japan has halted work at three nuclear research units run by its Atomic Energy Agency due to concerns over the handling of fuel material and other problems, Kyodo news agency said on Friday. The Science and Technology Ministry suspended activities at the units in Tokaimura, Ibaraki prefecture, after the agency reported 46 problems including procedural flaws, Kyodo said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Stops Coal Shipment

    Toronto, Canada — The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has stopped shipment of coal from reaching the Nanticoke Generating Station on Lake Erie, preventing the coal freighter Algomarine from delivering its dirty cargo. >> Read the Full Article
  • Public Hearings Held in LA, Philadelphia on Stricter Federal Smog Standards

    Activists and asthma patients urged federal environmental officials Thursday to go further in tightening smog standards to protect children and others from ailments caused by dirty air. The Environmental Protection Agency held its first public hearings in Los Angeles and Philadelphia on plans to reduce the permissible amount of the noxious gas formed when car exhaust, industrial emissions and gasoline vapors are cooked by heat and sunlight. >> Read the Full Article
  • Hydrologists To Study Climate Change Effects On Sierra Lakes

    RIVERSIDE, California - Researchers will try to understand how climate change affects the rate of atmospheric deposition of nutrients - elements or compounds essential to the growth and survival of organisms - in mountain lakes. They'll also be looking at how increases in the deposition of such nutrients threaten the lakes' plant and animal species. Fossil fuel combustion by humans has multiple effects, one of which - an increase in greenhouse gas emissions - results in climate change and an increase in atmospheric pollutants such as nitrogen. More available nitrogen, in turn, results in increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition. >> Read the Full Article
  • Toys 'R' Us Recalls 27,000 Chinese-Made Lead-Tainted Coloring Cases

    NEW YORK - Toys "R" Us Inc is recalling about 27,000 Imaginarium wooden coloring cases that were made in China because they violate federal lead paint standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall on Thursday, said the 213-piece coloring cases were sold at the toy retailer's stores and on its Web site from October 2006 through August 2007 for about $20. The printed ink on the outer packaging of the wood case contains lead, and some of the black watercolor paint contains excessive levels of lead, the agency said. >> Read the Full Article
  • How to Clean Up the Slums -- Cook on Garbage

    Entering Nairobi's fetid slums the senses are first assaulted by a gagging stench and the sight of garbage everywhere, some even hanging from trees or smouldering in acrid fires. The city government does not recognise the "informal settlements" where more than 60 percent of the population live, so no services are provided and no garbage collected. >> Read the Full Article
  • Pennsylvania Joins Multi-State War On Mercury

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is joining neighboring Great Lakes states to dramatically reduce mercury in consumer products. This, from Governer Edward Rendell and Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty. "The Governor is now proposing that Pennsylvania take further action to protect our citizens from this dangerous toxin by joining our fellow Great Lakes states in decreasing the use of mercury in consumer products," she said. >> Read the Full Article
  • GMO Contamination Sometimes Not So Obvious

    IOWA - In spring 2000, Greg Matteson was preparing documents for the annual inspection of his organic farm in Shelby, Montana, when he noticed something disturbing. The label on a seed inoculant called “Dormal PLUS” that he had used on yellow blossom sweet clover said “genetically modified.” >> Read the Full Article