Health and Pollution : Newsfile

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  • Work begins to clean up Iraq's environment

    10 November 2005

    Work is to be begin soon on the clean up of a highly polluted industrial site south of Baghdad following a study of environmental 'hot spots' in that country. It is one of five of the most dangerous industrial sites destroyed in the conflict there.

  • Children more at risk than mothers from toxic chemicals

    14 October 2005

    Results from a European-wide family bloodtesting survey have found 73 man-made hazardous chemicals in the blood of 13 families (grandmothers, mothers and children) from 12 European countries.

  • Spreading diseases linked to environmental decline

    22 February 2005

    Scientists are linking a rise in new and previously suppressed infectious diseases with the dramatic environmental changes now sweeping the planet.

  • European car pollution warning

    19 October 2004

    Inadequate test standards in Europe are underestimating emissions of harmful air pollutants from new cars and evidence indicates that many diesel car owners are making things worse by modifying their engines to increase their power.

  • Britain's toxic teens

    13 October 2004

    The shocking results of blood tests for 104 man-made chemicals carried out this summer on 33 people from seven families in England, Scotland and Wales reveal that all British children are likely to be contaminated with hazardous chemicals.

  • 4x4s whip up a worldwide dust storm

    20 August 2004

    Dust storms emanating from the Sahara have increased tenfold in 50 years, contributing to climate change as well as threatening human health and destroying coral reefs thousands of miles away, writes Paul Brown.

  • Environmental change + genetic mutation = new viruses

    9 August 2004

    Environmental alterations, such as replacing forests with ranchland, combined with genetic mutations, can produce emerging viruses like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and HIV, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston have discovered.

  • Environmental factors the major cause of cancer, says report

    29 June 2004

    Most cases of cancer are linked to environmental causes, US government scientists report. Cancer is the second leading cause of death for Americans after heart disease.

  • Brain warning over chemicals

    2 June 2004

    Chemicals are harming the brain development of many children in Europe but laws to phase out the potentially most dangerous substances are still not in place, claims research published today.

  • 'Dirty dozen' chemicals banned at last

    17 May 2004

    The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), a global treaty aimed at banning 12 of the most dangerous persistent organic pollutants (POPs), becomes legally binding today, 17 May 2004. In signing the Convention, governments agree to take measures to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment.