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Enviornmental Issues

On-The-Job Paint Exposure Ups Cancer Risk

Wed Mar 13, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women in the painting trades or who work in paint manufacturing may have an increased risk of cancer, depending on the job they do, according to the results of a large study conducted in Sweden.

The findings are published in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Air Pollution's Ill Effects Seen in Blood Vessels

Mon Mar 11, 2002

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even in healthy people, breathing air contaminated with pollutants found in car and truck exhaust causes blood vessels to constrict, according to the first study of its kind.

The findings may explain why people with cardiovascular disease seem to be particularly susceptible to poor air quality, researchers say.

Timber Harvest Destroying Mexican Butterfly Forest

By Cat Lazaroff

WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2002 (ENS) - Logging in the Mexican cloud belt forests in which hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies spend the winter has increased, despite decades of legal protection for the forests and the insects. A new study warns that if the timber harvest continues unchecked, most of the monarch's overwintering habitat will be gone within decades.

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One of nearly a billion monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico each year. (Photo by Fulvio Eccardi, courtesy World Wildlife Fund Mexico)

Tree Ring Study Shows Warm Cycles

Thu Mar 21, 2002

By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON - An unusually warm period a millennium ago may have been part of a natural planetary cycle, researchers say in a study of tree rings that scrutinizes the link between human activity and climate change.

Cell Phone Use Seen as 'Positive' Addiction

Tue Mar 26, 2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cell phones and the image they project may, in a social sense, be as addictive as more harmful habits like smoking, results of a small UK study suggest.

There are an estimated 800 million cell phone users worldwide. And if cell phones start to replace cigarettes as a social phenomenon, they could be seen as a "positive addiction," according to the new study's author, Simon Cassidy of the University of Salford.

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.