Saturday, July 31, 2004
The Observer | UK News | Rising seas force road canal plan
: "More than one million acres of countryside could be abandoned to nature, with roads used as emergency canals, in a desperate bid to cope with rising seas and flood waters. "
University of Rochester Press Releases
: "Global Warming Models Come Under Physicist's Scrutiny "
: " The U.S. National Academy of Sciences is urging greater scrutiny of genetically modified foods for potential adverse health effects. "
BLM on pace to set record for permits - billingsgazette.com
: "The activity comes as the Bush administration pushes to open more environmentally sensitive public lands for oil and gas development. "
Yahoo! News - EPA Allowed to Ease Pesticide Reviews
: "WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency will be free to approve pesticides without consulting wildlife agencies to determine if the chemical might harm plants and animals protected by the Endangered Species Act, according to new Bush administration rules."
IBM's supercomputer for US military - AUG 1, 2004
: "It will cost millions of dollars
Consist of 368 powerful computers connected together..."
Yahoo! News - The Unbearable Costs of Empire
The coming economic meltdown in the United States....
Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
: "The case for increasing rates of certain kinds of skin cancer as a result of prolonged exposure to UV-B 280-320 nm radiation."
: "(Desertion during war time used warrent a potential death sentence.) Reagan defense sec. confirms legal analysis Bush was AWOL "
Islam Online- News Section
: "Cancer Spreads Like Wildfire In Iraq"Depleted uranium (DU) used by the United States and its allies against Iraq
has taken its toll on around 120,000 to 140,000 Iraqis, according to the
latest estimates released by the Iraqi health ministry.
With Iraq becoming an almost radioactive toxic wasteland, the number of birth
defects and cancer-infected Iraqis is on the rise day in and day out due to
the lingering effects of the deadly nuclear substance, the London-based
Al-Quds Press news agency reported Tuesday, July 27.
MSNBC - Bush campaigner's Prozac solution
: "She says unhappy workers should try medication"
: "A giant ecosystem that has functioned for millions of years has begun to break down
By Michael McCarthy Environment Editor"
Disaster at Sea: Global Warming Hits UK Birds
: "Hundreds of thousands of Scottish seabirds have failed to breed this summer in a wildlife catastrophe which is being linked by scientists directly to global warming.
The massive unprecedented collapse of nesting attempts by several seabird species in Orkney and Shetland is likely to prove the first major impact of climate change on Britain."
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Monday, July 26, 2004
Universe Today - Get Ready for the Perseids
: "The Earth began passing through the dust trail left behind Comet Swift-Tuttle on July 23rd, and we'll stay in it until August 22. The shower reaches its peak on August 12, however, when skywatchers should be able to see 80-100 meteors an hour."
The Japan Times Online
: "48 hospitalized for heatstroke as summer takes toll
Heatstroke was exacting a toll as the nation continued to swelter Wednesday.
The mercury topped 40 in Yamanashi Prefecture and remained above 30 through the previous night in Tokyo for the first time since 1951, when the Meteorological Agency started keeping track, agency officials said."
Modbee.com | The Modesto Bee
: "There is no more water in California today than there was when wooly mammoths sloshed through marshes 10,000 years ago. And there's no less. It's where you find the water that changes."
China, Taiwan, U.S. Display Might (washingtonpost.com)
: "Exercises Are a Reminder of the Potential for Conflict Over the Island
By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, July 27, 2004; Page A09
BEIJING, July 26 -- About 18,000 Chinese troops using their country's most advanced weapons systems last week rehearsed coordinated air, sea and ground attacks on Dongshan, an island in the South China Sea that resembles Taiwan in terrain and weather. "
The Heat Is Online
: "Asian Floods Strand 42 Million People
Death toll from South Asian floods rises to 925, millions stranded"
Sunday, July 25, 2004
Scotsman.com News - Sci-Tech - Rock falls a higher risk as climate warms
: "MANY of the world's most spectacular high-mountain rock faces could start crashing down at alarming rates due to global warming, scientists are predicting. "
CBC North | News
: "Get used to forest fires, climate scientist warns
WHITEHORSE - A forest fire researcher says the Yukon is likely to continue to burn in years to come, as the effects of climate change turn up the heat in the woods."
: "Worst US drought in 500 years fuels raging California wildfires"
US nuclear clean-up carries major risks | New Scientist
: "There is a 50% chance of a major accident while the US government attempts to clean up its dirtiest nuclear site over the next three decades, a new study concludes. Even without an accident, the groundwater, a nearby river and fish could end up badly contaminated."
Vanunu warns Jordan of nuclear leakages -
: "Nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, said in an interview that the Dimona nuclear reactor endangers the lives of millions throughout the Middle East. "
It's time for Bill O'Reilly and Fox Newsto stop lying...
BBC NEWS | Business | Massive boost to US-China flights
: "China and the US have signed a deal which should increase the number of flights between the two by 460%. "
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Freak waves spotted from space
: "'Two large ships sink every week on average,' said Wolfgang Rosenthal, of the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht, Germany. 'But the cause is never studied to the same detail as an air crash. It simply gets put down to 'bad weather'.' "
Friday, July 23, 2004
The Globe and Mail
: "Winning helicopters assailed as inferior
Ottawa and Halifax — The 28 American-made military helicopters the federal government intends to purchase for $5-billion are smaller and weaker than the machines made by the losing bidder, and the price difference between the two is minute, sources said yesterday.
A series of Liberal defence ministers had promised that the controversial helicopter contract would go to the lowest bidder, a stipulation that critics said skewed the process in favour of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s H-92.
MercuryNews.com | 07/22/2004 | Schwarzenegger tops Bush in survey on environment
: "Californians have turned increasingly negative toward President Bush's handling of environmental issues, and give higher marks to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a fellow Republican, according to a new poll released today.
Overall, 53 percent of California residents said they disapprove of the president's views on the environment, with just 32 percent saying they approve. Only half as many Californians, 27 percent, say they disapprove of Schwarzenegger's handling of environmental issues, while 39 percent approve."
eircom net Ireland-International / Irish news headlines from leading Irish newspapers
: "Global warming melts Peruvian peaks "
LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - The snow atop Pastoruri, one of the Andes most beautiful peaks and a big draw for mountaineers and skiers, could disappear along with many of Peru's glaciers in the next several years because of global warming, experts say.
At 17,000 feet (5,191 meters) in the northern Andes, the glacier which covers famed Pastoruri has shrunk at a rate of 62 feet (19 meters) every year since 1980. Today it covers a surface area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 square kilometres), about 25 percent less than a quarter of a century ago.
Thursday, July 22, 2004
PLANETIZEN: News > Details
: "Pollution Adding To Drought Woes
A new report claims pollution from coal-burning power plants could be cutting Rocky Mountain snowfalls by as much as 50%. Without water, the success of the West could be its own undoing."
Eu funding and grant from europe such as european grants subsidies aids from eu commission
: "Within the �3.6 million EU research project PROMESS1, with an EU contribution of �2.7 million, European scientists have collected 500 000 year-old sediment cores from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. "
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
TheStar.com - Who will protect us from Fox?
: "Censoring Al-Jazeera a double standard
U.S. cable news station abusive, openly biased
Now that its critics have ensured that Al-Jazeera will never get on Canada's digital dial uncensored, will they now fight to protect us from Fox News?"
Trillions more internet addresses may emerge | New Scientist
: "NewScientist.com news service
The foundations have been laid for upgrading the internet with an improved system for identifying computers around the globe."
Political Strategy - Politics, Strategies, Tactics, News and Opinion
: "Where is the Outcry as Children are Sodomized and Tortured in Iraq?"
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
t r u t h o u t - William Rivers Pitt | Torturing Children
: "The biggest story of the Iraq war is not about missing weapons of mass destruction, or about deep-cover CIA officers getting their covers blown by vengeful White House agents, or even about 896 dead American soldiers. These have been covered to one degree or another, and then summarily dismissed, by the American mainstream news media. The biggest story of the Iraq war has not enjoyed any coverage in America, though it has been exploding across the international news media for several weeks now.
The biggest story of the Iraq war is about the torture of Iraqi children. "
Grist | Muckraker | Premature ululation | 20 Jul 2004
: "Reports of pending EPA enforcement actions are, shall we say, premature "
CNN.com - 'Bunker busters' may grow to 30,000 pounds - Jul 20, 2004
: "Military officials said the most likely use of such a weapon would be against underground targets such as those found in North Korea."
Toronto Sun Columnist: Eric Margolis - The era of strategic deception
: "By Eric Margolis
HAVING PRESIDED over the two worst intelligence disasters since Pearl Harbor -- 9/11 and the misbegotten invasion of Iraq -- the Bush Administration and its apologists are now whining, 'Okay, we were wrong about Iraq's weapons and supposed threat, but so was everybody else. Besides, it was all the CIA's fault.'
No way. The Iraq weapons fiasco was absolutely not caused by an 'intelligence failure,' as the White House and the recent Senate whitewash claim.
U.S. national security and CIA were corrupted and blinded by extremist ideology, cowardice, and careerism. "
Main Page - outragedmoderates.org
: "'To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.' - Theodore Roosevelt "
TheStar.com - Bush, Blair won't repent
: "Both leaders remain unrepentant, even though nearly 1,000 allied troops and at least 12,000 Iraqis are dead. "
Newsday.com - Health News/Science News
: "Scientists say carbon dioxide absorbed by oceans makes it harder for animals to form shells"
ENN News Story - India court orders release of payment to gas victims
: "In December 1984, tons of a toxic gas leaked from an Indian pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide in the central Indian city of Bhopal, killing 3,800 people almost immediately. Thousands more were injured.
Environmental group Greenpeace says that, since then, more than 20,000 people have died from exposure-related illnesses, and of the approximately 520,000 people exposed to the poisonous gas, some 120,000 people remain chronically ill."
Monday, July 19, 2004
ENN News Story - Republican who headed EPA criticizes Bush
: "CONCORD, New Hampshire � The head of the Environmental Protection Agency for two Republican presidents criticized President Bush's record on Monday, calling it a 'polluter protection' policy."
China, U.S. Each Hold Major War Exercises
: "Some analysts say the timing of the maneuvers is partly linked to rising tensions over Taiwan."
The Missile Defence Deadline :: PEJ News ::
: "Winnipeg Free Press - John Clearwater: When the United States first proposed the deployment of an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system in the 1960s, Canada said no. We said no so clearly and loudly that the rejection was incorporated into the 1968 renewal of the NORAD treaty. Canada added a clause stipulating that we would not become involved in the missile-defence plans and operations then being promulgated in Washington."
Province moves to create spirit bear sanctuary :: PEJ News :: Features, opinion and analysis: Peace, Earth & Justice News
: "B.C. may be just a few months away from creating a new sanctuary to protect
the last intact habitat in the Central Coast region for the endangered white
spirit bear, also called the kermode bear."
GETF :: News
: "Weather Related Natural Disasters in 2003 Cost the World Billions"
Canada joins effort to end U.S. child executions
: "'By continuing to execute child offenders in violation of international norms, the United States is not just leaving itself open to charges of hypocrisy, but is also endangering the rights of many around the world,' "
The Windsor Star - canada.com network
: "U.S. pilot loses Round 1 in appeal against reprimand for bombing Canadians"
The New York Times > Science > Will Compasses Point South?
: "he collapse of the Earth's magnetic field, which both guards the planet and guides many of its creatures, appears to have started in earnest about 150 years ago. The field's strength has waned 10 to 15 percent, and the deterioration has accelerated of late, increasing debate over whether it portends a reversal of the lines of magnetic force that normally envelop the Earth. "
: "Bush Administration Steps Up Pressure on EU to Weaken Proposed Chemical Laws
In its aggressive campaign to water down proposed new toxic chemical regulations in Europe, the Bush administration is now making vague accusations that the European initiative violates World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements governing how nations do business with one another."
The Washington Dispatch
: "Abu Ghraib Investigation Whitewash Begins
Despite assurances of Congressional oversight and multiple Pentagon inquiries, the campaign to slow-walk, minimize and stonewall any meaningful investigation of the nightmarish, violent, pornographic, abuse at Abu Ghraib prison has begun."
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Persian Journal Articles - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport irani news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football
: "Radioactive waste and Caspian Sea:
The radioactive contamination is one of the most damaging and dangerous types of pollution in Caspian Sea. The nuclear activities of the coastal states, the remnants of the nuclear tests the nuclear wastes and the nuclear side of exploration and exploitation and transportation (specially by pipelines) are the sources of nuclear danger in the Caspian Sea.
Caspian Sea as the greatest lake in the world ... "
: "Whales in peril as IWC ban comes under threat and sea pollution rises"
Cape Times - Climate change threatens health, food
: "By T V Padma
Global climate change is likely to result in severe droughts and floods in the world's biggest democracy, with major impacts on human health and food supplies, according to India's report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. And India is not alone. An earlier UN report from Namibia predicted 'extreme' impacts on water, fish stocks and agriculture in southern Africa, resulting in economic hardship, food security problems, social conflict, displacement and increased disease."
: "The biggest crime in American history and planes are grounded. Yet the House of Saud gets safe passage home"
Saturday, July 17, 2004
Aljazeera.Net - High radioactivity recorded in Israel
: "Worringly high levels of radioactivity have been discovered in southern Israel's underground water table."
Aljazeera.Net - Hersh: US soldiers sodomised Iraqi boys
: "A US journalist who first revealed the scandal at the notorious Abu Ghraib detention centre says there are videotapes of American occupation soldiers sodomising young Iraqi boys at the prison."
News | canada.com network
: "Study says Canadian forestry rules some of toughest in the world"
Friday, July 16, 2004
BBC NEWS | UK | Climate fears for rising waters
: "London could be among the 'first cities to go' if global warming causes the planet's ice to melt, the UK government's chief scientific adviser has warned. "
The Globe and Mail
: "Bobby Fischer detained in Japan"
Oceans Slow Global Warming at a Price, Study Says
: "Oceans have absorbed nearly half the carbon dioxide humans have released into the atmosphere since 1800 � reducing the global warming effect but dealing a potentially serious blow to fragile marine ecosystems, according to two studies released today."
Yahoo! News - Rapper Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11
: "By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer
NEW YORK - Over the years, the rapper Jadakiss has depicted a world of drug dealing, murder and other assorted mayhem without raising many eyebrows.
But seven words in his new song 'Why' - 'Why did Bush knock down the towers?' - has gotten Jadakiss the most mainstream attention, and criticism, of his career. "
: "Plutonium cancer risk may be higher than thought "
CNEWS - Science: Environmentalists seek limits on sonar
: "In a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gordon England, the groups said dozens of whales off the coast of Washington, Puerto Rico, the Canary Islands, Portugal, and other locations have beached themselves during Navy maneuvers _ sometimes hemorraging blood through their eyes and ears. "
Oceans Found to Absorb Half of All Man-Made Carbon Dioxide
: "Around half of all carbon dioxide produced by humans since the industrial revolution has dissolved into the world's oceans-with adverse effects for marine life-according to two new studies. "
BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US nuclear lab loses secret data
: "One of America's largest nuclear weapons research laboratories has suspended its activities after secret information went missing."
: "The US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq - Seymour Hersh 'The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking,' the reporter told an ACLU convention last week. Hersh says there was 'a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher.' "
Health - canada.com network
: "Biggest-ever smog study involves 500 scientists, 11 aircraft "
Thursday, July 15, 2004
uwnews.org - News and Information from the University of Washington
: "Some of the biggest raindrops on record found in both clean and dirty air "
KeepMedia | Environment News Service:Supercomputer Finds Climate Likely to Heat Up Fast
: "BOULDER, Colorado (ENS) � A powerful new supercomputer climate modeling system at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has found that global temperatures may rise more than previous projections if humans continue to emit large quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. "
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
News - June-July 2004
: "Millennia of global warming"
: "A new world computer chess champion was crowned at the 2004 finals in Israel on Monday. The new champ is the latest version of a particularly aggressive and human-like software program called Junior. "
Scientists discover key step in the development of nerve cells controlling heart, respiratory and digestive functions
: "Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University have discovered a gene that is necessary for the correct development of the part of the brain that controls autonomic functions such as heart rate, bronchial dilation and gut peristalsis."
SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Climate change curbs Darling's plans
: "Alistair Darling's enthusiasm for building roads and airport runways is to be curbed by new measures forcing the transport secretary to take into account Britain's international commitment to tackling climate change. "
Environmentalists blast Bush plan to open more forests to logging
: "Environmentalists are blasting a Bush administration proposal to lift a ban on logging in remote areas of national forests, saying the move ignores popular support for protecting forests. "
EurActiv.com Portal - News nr 1508012
: "Nine EU states warned over ozone-depleting pesticide"
Cape Times - Climate change threatens health, food
: "Global climate change is likely to result in severe droughts and floods in the world's biggest democracy, with major impacts on human health and food supplies, according to India's report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. And India is not alone. An earlier UN report from Namibia predicted 'extreme' impacts on water, fish stocks and agriculture in southern Africa, resulting in economic hardship, food security problems, social conflict, displacement and increased disease.
By drying up major river basins and altering rainfall patterns, global warming will significantly affect agriculture and forestry, threatening livelihoods and food security, says the latest report, released by India's new environment minister, A Raja."
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
: "There have been 1,010 coalition deaths, 890 Americans, 60 Britons, six Bulgarians, one Dane, one Dutch, one Estonian, one Hungarian, 19 Italians, one Latvian, six Poles, one Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and seven Ukrainians, in the war in Iraq as of July 13, 2004 (Graphical breakdown of casualties). The list below is the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose families have been notified of their deaths by each country's government. At least 5,394 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. The Pentagon does not report the number of non-hostile wounded. This list is updated regularly."
From The Wilderness Publications Home Page
: "The Final Fraud - 9/11 Commission closes its doors to the public; Cover-Up Complete - By Michael Kane "
: "SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have identified the chemical in smoke that makes plant seeds germinate after bushfires, a discovery that could reap huge benefits for the agricultural sector.
A team of Australian scientists has become the world's first research team to pinpoint the previously unknown chemical, called a butenolide, which induces germination in a range of plant species including celery, parsley and echinacea."
David Suzuki Foundation: Climate Change
: "Climate change: Impacts and solutions"
The Climate Group
: INTERVIEW SERIES
"There is no bigger problem than climate change. The threat is quite simple, it's a threat to our civilization."
Professor Sir David King
BBC NEWS | UK | Shell boss 'fears for the planet'
: "The head of one of the world's biggest oil giants has said unless carbon dioxide emissions are dealt with he sees 'very little hope for the world'. "
USATODAY.com - World's land turning to desert at alarming speed
: "UNITED NATIONS (AP) � The world is turning to dust, with lands the size of Rhode Island becoming desert wasteland every year and the problem threatening to send millions of people fleeing to greener countries, the United Nations says.
One-third of the Earth's surface is at risk, driving people into cities and destroying agriculture in vast swaths of Africa. Thirty-one percent of Spain is threatened, while China has lost 36,000 square miles to desert � an area the size of Indiana � since the 1950s. "
Monday, July 12, 2004
NewsTrolls ~ Hackt Up! Hei Kei!
Bush said no child would be left behind
And yet kids from inner-city schools
Work on Central Avenue
Jingling cans that read
Please sir, may I have some more? "
AlterNet: EnviroHealth: Eco-Refugees Seek Asylum
: "Every day thousands of people around the world join the ranks of 'environmental refugees' � fleeing deforestation, natural catastrophes and nuclear and industrial disasters. "
Sunday, July 11, 2004
The Globe and Mail
: "Edmonton ground almost to halt yesterday due to a punishing rain and hail storm believed to have caused at least tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city's famous West Edmonton Mall, while people outside the city were mopping up damage after at least two tornadoes touched down."
Friday, July 09, 2004
KRT Wire | 07/09/2004 | Jet exhaust may be adding to global warming
: "HAMPTON, Va. - (KRT) - Next time you're on a plane, think of this: The plane's exhaust might be adding just enough moisture to the atmosphere to create a cloud and keep it floating.
That cloud could stretch 1,000 miles long and 37 miles wide, depending on the weather and your flight distance.
Add that cloud to all the other clouds produced by airplane exhaust, and it creates a blanket effect - trapping heat that's radiating from the Earth. The end result: warmer temperatures on the surface.
In other words, your flight might be contributing to the greenhouse effect."
Break for News - Your Independent News Source
: "Depleted Uranium:
The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War"
The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War
Since 1991, the US has staged four wars using depleted uranium weaponry. The use of DU, defying all international treaties, with full knowledge of its destructive potential, will slowly annihilate all species on earth including the human species, and yet this country continues to do so .
Break for News - Your Independent News Source
Alex & Me:
Michael Moore's Better Half
'Dude, Where's the 9/11 Beef?' "
Daily Times - Site Edition
: "Saddam reached deal with US before attack: Primakov
MOSCOW: Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein cut a deal with the United States before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov said in an interview published on Thursday.
�There was an understanding with the Americans, as paradoxical as it may seem,� Primakov told the Russian daily Gazeta in a lengthy interview.
�Why weren�t the bridges of the Tigris blown up when the American tanks approached Baghdad? Why weren�t Iraqi aviation and tanks used, and where are they now?� asked Primakov, a former head of the Russian secret service and a specialist in Arab affairs who was formerly on good terms with Saddam."
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Tahoe Daily Tribune - News
: "Climatologist: Global warming could have consequences in Sierra"
: "Pilot who bombed Canadians in Afghanistan to sue U.S. air force, lawyer says"
TheStar.com - Editorial: U.S. justice fails Canadian troops
: "Major Harry Schmidt, an elite American military pilot, 'flagrantly disregarded a direct order' to hold fire in Afghanistan. Then he dropped a 220 kg. bomb from his F-16 warplane that killed four Canadian soldiers and wounded eight.
He acted 'shamefully,' with 'arrogance.' He chose to wage his own private war in defiance of all orders. He never expressed heartfelt remorse.
And he lied to excuse his fatal actions.
That's how U.S. Air Force Lt.-Gen. Bruce Carlson summed up the case against Schmidt this week, as he officially reprimanded him for the 'friendly fire' bombing on April 17, 2002 when the pilot mistook the Canadians for Taliban fighters.
And having rendered this scorching verdict, what penalty did the U.S. military impose?
Schmidt loses $5,672 (U.S.) in pay. The reprimand will go on his military record. And he will not fly warplanes again.
This is justice, of sorts, but it falls well short of what this case deserved.
'Is that what the boy's life is worth? $5,000?' Dyer's mother Agatha asked, voicing the disgust of many Canadians.
By any reasonable standard, Schmidt should have faced a jail term. Initially, he and fellow pilot Maj. William Umbach faced tough charges of manslaughter and assault as well as dereliction of duty that could have sent them to prison for 64 years. However, the U.S. military found a 'strong' but insufficient case for conviction. So Carlson dropped those charges a year ago.
For the military bureaucracy, that was a relief. It avoided a court-martial process in which the pilots' defence lawyers would have tried to discredit flawed command-and-control sy"
: "Vaccine scandal revives cancer fear
19:00 07 July 04
Many millions more people than previously thought might have been given polio vaccine contaminated with a monkey virus linked to cancer.
It has been known since 1960 that early doses of polio vaccine were widely contaminated with simian virus 40, or SV40, which infects macaque monkeys. Tens of millions of people in the US and an unknown number in other countries, including the UK, Australia and the former Soviet Union, may have been exposed prior to 1963."
Reuters Health Information (2004-07-07): Mentally ill US children held in detention centers
: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of mentally ill American children, some as young as seven, are locked up in juvenile detention centers because there is nowhere else for them to go, a congressional report found on Wednesday. "
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
: "Peat bog gases 'accelerate global warming'"
The Globe and Mail
: "Washington � Major Harry Schmidt, who killed four Canadian troops and wounded eight others in Afghanistan, acted shamefully and rashly and �used the inherent right of self-defence� as an excuse to wage his own personal war, a U.S. Air Force general ruled yesterday in finding the pilot guilty of dereliction of duty."
News | canada.com network
: "Wildlife authorities said the usually harmless, grass-eating Eastern Gray kangaroos are being driven by hunger from the drought-stricken countryside around Canberra, into the city of 320,000, where the town water supply has kept conditions greener. "
New Space borne Instrument to Track Greenhouse Gases, Ozone Destroyers, and Other Pollutants
: "A powerful new instrument heading to space this Saturday is expected to send back long-sought answers about greenhouse gases, atmospheric cleansers and pollutants, and the destruction and recovery of the ozone layer. Only a cubic yard in size but laden with technical wizardry, the High-Resolution Dynamic Limb Sounder (HIRDLS) will measure a slew of atmospheric chemicals at a horizontal and vertical precision unprecedented in a multi-year space instrument."
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
CNEWS - Canada: Friendly-fire killer pilot fined
: "CP) - A U.S. fighter pilot who killed four Canadian soldiers when he mistakenly bombed them in Afghanistan was reprimanded and fined Tuesday, a move that relatives of the victims say brings some closure but little comfort.
Maj. Harry Schmidt, 38, was found guilty of dereliction of duty and will lose more than $5,000 US in pay,"
Monday, July 05, 2004
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Climate change threatens species, says archbishop
: "The viability of the human race is at stake because of 'offences against our environment' which threaten the world with further wars and rising inequality, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said last night."
: "Glimpse into cloned embryos reveals problems "
: "Speed of light may have changed recently"
Sunday, July 04, 2004
HoustonChronicle.com - Climate change eyed for impact on water supply
: "Climate change eyed for impact on water supply
By STEVE HYMON
Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- There was no shortage of snow here last winter.
But under a withering sun, the snowmelt started mid-March, in what appears to be one of the earliest onsets of the melt in almost 90 years. Some scientists suspect it is another sign that climate change is eroding the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the state's main source of water. "
Saturday, July 03, 2004
ABCNEWS.com : Fires Plague Alaska, British Columbia Eyes Rain
: "July 2, 2004 � VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Alaskans were being warned about smoke from large fires burning in the state on Friday, while British Columbia forest-fire crews were looking for help from the weather as they battled blazes.
Sixty two forest fires were burning in Alaska on Friday, including the 225,000-acre Boundary blaze north of Fairbanks, the state's second largest city, where residents were told to protect themselves against poor air quality."
CBC News:Canada starts seabed mapping to claim underwater petroleum in Arctic
: "YELLOWKNIFE - Canada is trying a new tactic in the 30-year-old dispute with the United States over the boundary under the Beaufort Sea.
By mapping the seabed using radar, the government will take a step towards establishing sovereignty under international law.
The 2004 budget allocated $51 million over 10 years to map the Arctic continental shelf. "
BBC NEWS | UK | Aviation growth 'risk to planet'
: "The rise in demand for air travel is one of the most serious environmental threats facing the world, a study says.
The University of York report says government plans for airport expansion directly conflict with targets to reduce greenhouse gases.
Report authors Professor John Whitelegg and Howard Cambridge say polluting gases from aircraft exhaust fumes are on the increase. "
ENN News Story - Breaking the lawn-care pesticide cycle
: "Elise Craig lives in a garden apartment in Portland, Oregon, where children roll in the grass and run barefoot across lawns in the summer light. A year ago, she realized that whenever the landlord spread lawn-care chemicals on the grass, her six-year-old son, Michael, lost bowel and bladder control for weeks afterward."
ENN News Story - Alaska Natives say warming trend imperils villages
: "ANCHORAGE, Alaska � A warming climate is bringing expensive and potentially dangerous erosion and floods to Native Alaskan villages, representatives of those communities told federal officials this week.
Storms tear off chunks of beach once shielded by permafrost or Arctic pack ice. Buildings are in danger of toppling into the sea, and many have already been moved at great expense. Airstrips are swamped and ice cellars that once stored food in the permafrost are filling with water, residents say."
Friday, July 02, 2004
Bush Is The Real Criminal Says Saddam
: "He said Bush is the criminal and the coalition troops are nothing but invasion and occupation forces."
CTV.ca | CTV News, Shows and Sports - Canadian Television
: "Nova Scotia police seize cocaine on CSL ship
CTV.ca News Staff
Police in Nova Scotia have discovered 83 kilograms of cocaine on a ship that is owned by Prime Minister Paul Martin's sons and named after Martin's wife."
CNEWS - Canada: Friendly fire pilot defends actions
: "NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A U.S. fighter pilot who mistakenly bombed Canadian forces in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four, used classified materials about the mission Thursday to defend his actions before a three-star general, the airman's lawyer said.
Maj. Harry Schmidt made a personal statement to Lt.-Gen. Bruce Carlson in an hour-long hearing to determine whether the airman will be punished for the April 2002 bombing, lawyer Charles W. Gittins said. 'He explained exactly what he did and why he did it,' Gittins said.
Carlson will decide what punishment, if any, the pilot will face. His options include no punishment, house arrest or a fine of about $5,600 ($7,500 Cdn). "
FT.com Home UK
: "One in five US soldiers returning from Iraq suffers serious mental health problems associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to research by the US Army.
A paper to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine today says 19.5 per cent of troops who served in Iraq had moderate or severe mental health problems. If milder symptoms such as anxiety are included, the number rises to 27.9 per cent."
Floating University Expedition To Unravel Ocean Bed Secrets Of Rapid Climate Change
: "Researchers from Cardiff University have sailed into Cardiff Bay, returning from a major research expedition to to unravel the complex history of ice-ocean and climate change over the past 50,000 years."
Telegraph | News | Attack Iran, US chief ordered British
: "America's military commander in Iraq ordered British troops to prepare a full-scale ground offensive against Iranian forces that had crossed the border and grabbed disputed territory, a senior officer has disclosed.
An attack would almost certainly have provoked open conflict with Iran. But the British chose instead to resolve the matter through diplomatic channels."
Thursday, July 01, 2004
: "Speed of light may have changed recently
Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG)
: "Israeli Weapons of Mass Destruction: a Threat to Peace: by John Steinbach"
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