Health and Pollution : Features

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  • 15 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill lingers

    7 April 2004

    In the immediate wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, company representatives made a promise to the communities of Prince William Sound. "If you can show that you have a loss as a result of this spill, we will compensate it," the company's top official in Alaska told residents from the fishing community of Cordova. "We will consider whatever it takes to make you whole. Put it on paper and bring it to the table." Fifteen years later, the town is still waiting, as J.R. Pegg reports.

  • US leading world away from cigarettes

    23 February 2004

    The United States-the country that gave the world tobacco-is now leading it away from cigarettes. After climbing for nearly a century, the number of cigarettes smoked per person in this country peaked at nearly 2,900 in 1976 and began to decline. By 2003 the figure had dropped to 1,545 cigarettes-a fall of 46 per cent. If this trend continues for another quarter-century, smokers will be a rarity in the United States, says Lester Brown.

  • COMMENT: Arctic pollution - the human price

    19 February 2004

    Most of us have heard about environmental pollutants entering our bodies, and it is becoming almost common knowledge that we all have some level of toxic substances in our blood, just from breathing the air.

  • The true price of smoky stoves

    17 July 2003

    In a recent editorial in the Indian magazine, Down to Earth, Sunita Narain explained the deadly price that Indian women often pay for cooking on traditional 'chula' stoves - and what might be done about it. We reproduce her article here with permission.

  • The threatened plague

    15 March 2003

    As an unknown pneumonia virus threatens to spread from Asia, experts warn that environmental and social changes are leading to the outbreak of new diseases and a resurgence of the old ones. In this special report Dr Paul Epstein, a leading expert in health and the global environment, reviews the evidence.

  • Arsenic on tap

    28 February 2003

    Arsenic poisoning is contaminating underground water supplies across northern Bangladesh and threatening the lives of millions. (Since this article was written, further evidence of arsenic poisoning further afield in Northern India has come to light - see box below). Inam Ahmed and Aasha Amin report.

  • The heavy cost of cars

    20 February 2003

    Two recent reports have highlighted trends in car use and pollution in Europe and the United States. The first is from Z magazine.

  • Toxic treaty is good news: but 'not enough'

    3 February 2003

    This year (2003) a new treaty aimed at restricting a dozen of the most notorious persistent organic pollutants - including nine pesticides, two industrial byproducts (dioxins and furans) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - is expected to come into force.

  • Lethal inhalation in the Philippines

    30 January 2003

    Metro Manila ranks as one of the worst cities in the world for air pollution, posing serious health risks to its citizens and costing the country around US$1.5 billion a year. Henrylito Tacio surveys the problem and reports on the solutions to reduce air pollution in the city to healthy levels.

  • Why was the Prestige in such a sensitive marine area?

    26 November 2002

    On November 15, The Prestige oil tanker broke up and sank off northern Spain, with a 70,000 ton cargo of heavy industrial oil which began to wash up on the pristine Galacian coast. Here, Dr Simon Cripps, head of WWF's Endangered Seas Programme, asks what can be done to prevent yet more disasters of this sort.