April 5, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “They wiped out two members of my family. I am proud that I served in the Marines, but there are some days I want to forget that I did.”

— North Carolina resident Tom Townsend says trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent linked to cancer, has seeped into the groundwater at a military base near his home.
(Story #10, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Bhopal gas victims in long walk for clean water” — UPDATED
[o2] “Industry, development foul Dong Nai River”
[o3] “Slum like it not”

ENVIRONMENT
[o4] “Ala Wai spillover: ‘welcome to the 1880s'”
[o5] “Rough burial”
[o6] “Last ditch try at saving the Narmada River”

PUBLIC HEATH & INDUSTRY
[o7] “‘Tooth Fairy Project’ follow-up links radiation, childhood cancer”
[o8] “Chromium wars, the sequel”
[o9] “Grower faces new allegation”
[10] “Cancer stalks a ‘toxic triangle'”

HEALTHCARE & MEDICINE
[11] “Fullerene for the face”
[12] “Gov’t may help victims of Kanemi oil poisoning”
[13] “The little pill that could”

SOLUTIONS
[14] “China’s green push starts at the bottom”
[15] “This ecologist is not just gathering dust”
[16] “Farmers now able to certify as ‘organic'”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “Profiteering from the Arctic thaw”

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TOP STORIES | top

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“Bhopal gas victims in long walk for clean water”
Reuters, March 29, 2006

Survivors of the Bhopal disaster are confronting officials they say have neglected to clean up contamination that still kills.

UPDATE: Funds appropriated for Bhopal victims (Indo Asian News Service, 4.5.06)

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“Industry, development foul Dong Nai River”
Vietnam News Agency, March 29, 2006

Few of Vietnam’s factories treat the wastewater they dump into the Dong Nai River, killing fish and sickening residents.

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“Slum like it not”
Orion Online, March 29, 2006

As urban populations grow, poverty forces throngs to build homes on polluted land prone to erosion, floods and earthquakes.

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ENVIRONMENT | top

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“Ala Wai spillover: ‘welcome to the 1880s'”
Star Bulletin (HI), March 29, 2006

Raw sewage is leaking onto Hawaii’s most famous beaches; environmentalists blame decades of infrastructure problems.

[o5]

“Rough burial”
OnEarth Magazine (NRDC), Spring 2006

Louisiana’s landfills are struggling to accommodate 22 million tons of often toxic post-Katrina debris.

[o6]

“Last ditch try at saving the Narmada River”
Inter Press Service, March 29, 2006

India must either find 34,000 families in Madhya Pradesh new land to farm, or lower the dam that would flood their property.

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PUBLIC HEALTH & INDUSTRY | top

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“Tooth Fairy Project follow-up links radiation, childhood cancer”
Asbury Park Press (NJ), March 29, 2006

State and advocacy groups alike take issue with studies that link low-level nuclear radiation to childhood cancer.

[o8]

“Chromium wars, the sequel”
Forbes.com, March 29, 2006

The EPA may file suit against companies that failed to turn over data showing human health threats of hexavalent chromium.

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“Grower faces new allegation”
News & Observer (NC), March 29, 2006

A farm worker’s complaints of methyl bromide exposure are the latest such allegations to hit North Carolina’s Ag-Mark Corp.

[10]

“Cancer stalks a ‘toxic triangle'”
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2006

“San Gabriel Valley a hotbed of TCE contamination”
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2006

A military and industrial solvent has prompted cities to abandon wells and communities to blame the chemical for cancer. Millions are affected, and litigation and regulatory battles are looming.

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HEALTHCARE & MEDICINE | top

[11]

“Fullerene for the face”
Chemical & Engineering News, March 27, 2006

Potentially toxic nanoparticles are present in all sorts of beauty products, but they are not regulated by the FDA.

[12]

“Gov’t may help victims of Kanemi oil poisoning”
The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), March 30, 2006

Japan is combining free health benefits with long-term study of victims of a PCB poisoning incident in 1968.

[13]

“The little pill that could”
Inter Press Service, March 30, 2006

“Abortion drug could be the new pill”
The Australian, March 29, 2006

Kenyan doctors want to legalize RU486 as a safe alternative to banned abortions; European researchers believe a low dose of the controversial drug could provide safer birth control.

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SOLUTIONS | top

[14]

“China’s green push starts at the bottom”
BBC (U.K.) March 28, 2006

10,000 farmers in China’s Liajiang Valley are using methane energy produced by pig waste to fuel their stoves.

[15]

“This ecologist is not just gathering dust”
Globe and Mail (Canada), March 31, 2006

The recycling of charcoal dust has created a new, more efficient, less-smoky fuel for Nairobi residents.

[16]

“Farmers now able to certify as ‘organic'”
The Daily Star (Lebanon), March 31, 2006

A new agency will label Lebanese foods that can be sold as organic, giving farmers access to an international niche.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“Profiteering from the Arctic thaw”
Der Spiegel (Germany), March 10, 2006

The melting of the Arctic will open the Northwest Passage to multinational oil companies and drilling, a columnist says.

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