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High-Tech U.S. Trash Floods Asia

By Cat Lazaroff

SEATTLE, Washington, February 26, 2002 (ENS) - Huge quantities of hazardous electronic wastes are being exported to China, Pakistan and India where they are processed in operations that are extremely harmful to human health and the environment, charges a new report by an international coalition of environmental organizations.

Argentine Ants Threaten Horned Lizards

By Cat Lazaroff

SAN DIEGO, California, February 26, 2002 (ENS) - Argentine ants, which have infiltrated the coastal regions of California, invading homes and displacing native species of ants, are also contributing to a sharp decline in the state's population of coastal horned lizards. California biologists have learned that the invasive ants are exacerbating the problems the lizards already face in their declining habitat.

Giant Antarctic Ice Shelves Shatter and Break Away

BOULDER, Colorado, March 19, 2002 (ENS) - The accelerating break up of Antarctic ice shelves has reached a new peak, with the dramatic loss of two huge pieces on separate sides of the continent.

On the rapidly warming Antarctic Peninsula, the northern section of the Larsen B ice shelf has collapsed, reducing it to a size not seen for some 12,000 years. The large floating ice mass on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula has shattered and separated from the continent in the largest single event in a 30 year series of ice shelf retreats on the peninsula.

Trawler Ban Needed Now, Science Panel Reports

By Cat Lazaroff

WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2002 (ENS) - Bottom trawling, a method of fishing that drags big, heavy nets across the sea floor, is killing vast numbers of marine animals, warns a new report from the National Academy of Sciences. The panel responsible for the report recommends that the government close some areas to all trawlers, and limit trawler access to other regions.

Environment, Fish Brought to the World's Trading Table

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 19, 2002 (ENS) - Reducing the subsidies that governments pay to their nations' fishing fleets which then strip the oceans bare, is one of the topics on the table when the Committee on Trade and the Environment of the World Trade Organization starts formal negotiations in Geneva on Friday.

The environmental effects of trade are now firmly on the agenda following decisions made at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference that took place in Doha, Qatar last November.

Royal Society Still Ignoring Scientific Evidence

ISIS Report, 11 March 2002

A critique of the new Royal Society Report, Genetically Modified Plants for Food Use and Human Health – An Update, produced for ISIS by Dr. Sean Lawler is available on ISIS Members website. The Executive Summary is reproduced below.

Executive Summary

The Royal Society Report (www.royalsoc.ac.uk/policy/index.html) recommends several changes to current GM food safety regulations:

- characteristics used in substantial equivalence assessments should be specified;

Courts Roll Back Clinton Administration Environmental Rules

By William LaJeunesse

Reported by FOX NEWS
Friday, March 08, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Several Clinton administration rules deemed favorable to environmentalists are being reconsidered under court orders that suggest Clinton's Interior Department went too far in passing regulations to protect endangered species.

"I think the courts are rightly stepping in and moving the pendulum to where there is a reasoned, balanced approach," said Richard Jemison, a land developer and homebuilder.

Poison Pharm Crops Near You

ISIS Report, 7 March 2002

The range of products currently being produced using mammalian genes introduced into crop plants includes vaccines, immune control proteins such as cytokines, growth hormones and enzymes [1, 2]. There have been a number of field trials of pharm crops in North America but it is difficult to determine the full extent of the trials because they are not regulated in the way that genetically modified food crops are.

Age, Poverty Affect Birth Weight More in U.S. Blacks

Age, Poverty Affect Birth Weight More in U.S. Blacks

November 1, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - African-American women are nearly four times as likely as white women to have very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, and this risk is increased as these women age, according to a report.

VLBW infants weigh less than 3.3 pounds at birth. They are less likely to survive, much more likely to be born prematurely, and more likely than infants of normal weight to have developmental problems. Moderately low birth weight (MLBW) infants weigh between 3.3 and 5.5 pounds.