Environment and Health Archives

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NY AIDS Tests Violate Privacy, Mis-direct Priorities, Activists Say

5/26/06

News Article

Privacy / Surveillance || Health / Safety

Shreema Mehta

Civil libertarians and medical-privacy advocates are joining AIDS groups in pushing New York governments to alter controversial testing policies and refocus their priorities on stopping and caring for people with HIV.

Navy Ship ‘Reefing’ May Have Down Side, Environmentalists Say

5/23/06

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Military / War || Environment / Ecology

Andrew Stelzer

The Navy and the tourism industry have teamed up in an apparent win-win situation , but ecologists say ocean life stands much to lose from the deal.

Courts, Congress Threaten Protective Food Labels

5/19/06

News Article

Food / Nutrition || Health / Safety

Megan Tady

Legal and legislative moves to standardize federal food warnings – or lack thereof – chip away at states’ prerogative to warn consumers about hazards posed by certain foods.

Taxpayers Fund Wildlife Eradication at Behest of Ranchers

5/17/06

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Animal Rights || Agriculture

Megan Tady

While the federal government continues to kill wild predators tens of thousands in the service of ranchers, critics question the usefulness of the secondary slaughters.

Industries, Interior Dept. Eye Offshore Drilling

5/15/06

News Article

Energy || Environment / Ecology

Michelle Chen

Purportedly to help ease spiking energy prices, oil and gas companies – joined by manufacturers and a significant portion of Congress – are pushing to open huge areas of off-limit coastal waters to oil and gas exploration.

Tobacco Industry Antics Spur Renewed Push for Regulation

5/12/06

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Health / Safety || Politics / Legislation

Megan Tady

Despite the known health risks, the FDA cannot regulate cigarettes or other tobacco products, a situation watchdogs find increasingly problematic as the historically deceitful industry introduces new smokeless products.

Critics Sound Alarm as Tech Firms Eye Yellowstone

5/11/06

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Environment / Ecology || Health / Safety

Brendan Coyne

Following the chance revelation of a closed-door meeting on future wireless efforts in one of America’s greatest national parks, environmentalists say the public deserves greater say over corporations’ impact on parklands.

Barely Regulated, E-waste Piles Up in U.S., Abroad

5/11/06

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Environment / Ecology || Science / Technology

Catherine Komp

With massive amounts of toxin-laden consumer electronics hitting the trash heap every day, few are taking responsibility for their ecological and health impacts.

Bush Relents Slightly on Medicare Drug Plan Deadline

5/10/06

News Report

Health / Safety || Politics / Legislation

Jessica Azulay

Nuke Waste Site Calamity Reflects Industrial Crisis

5/9/06

News Article

Energy || Military / War

Megan Tady

Radioactive leaks, faulty construction and doubts over untested technology plague Department of Energy contractor Bechtel’s cleanup of an atomic bomb waste site.

Life and resistance in coal country: West Virginia Town Fights Blanket of Coal Dust

5/9/06

News Article

Energy || Health / Safety

Kari Lydersen

Residents in a small West Virginia fight against a coal crushing plant that has blanketed their town with dust and ruined their quality of life.

Stem-cell Research Blasted from New Angle

5/8/06

News Article

Health / Safety || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

A new controversy is gripping stem-cell science as California funds efforts with what critics consider little regard for ensuring the products of publicly funded research will benefit the public as a whole.

Junk-food Pushers on Defensive as Kids’ Advocates Push Back

5/8/06

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Health / Safety || Media

Shreema Mehta

The federal government has declined to regulate the advertising of junk-food toward children, but on the heels of a recent victory removing most soft drinks from schools nationwide, public-interest groups are keeping up the fight.

Feds Could ‘Gut’ Social Security Disability Rolls

4/28/06

News Article

Age / Ageism || Health / Safety

Catherine Komp

The Social Security Administration has found a place to cut corners: several categories of disability-benefits recipients who the agency says can wait two more years to start collecting, no matter how much hardship the move might cause.

White House EPA Pick Decried

4/26/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Politics / Legislation

Megan Tady

Public-interest groups are protesting the Bush administration's latest tap for a top environmental office, accusing him of placing industry interests ahead of the public interest and sound science.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Slam ‘Politicized’ FDA Report*

4/24/06

News Report

Health / Safety || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Michelle Chen

OfficeMax Tops Forest Campaigners’ List*

4/24/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Business

Kari Lydersen

Following up on two recent successes, environmental activists have set their sites on one of the remaining major retailers selling paper made from old-growth lumber.

Cape Cod Wind Farm Could Face Romney Veto

4/21/06

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Politics / Legislation || Energy

Catherine Komp

In what would apparently be a historical first, federal lawmakers are will consider granting Massachusetts' the authority to reject a wind farm he considers unsightly.

EPA Looks to Nix Rural Clean Air Protections

4/21/06

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Agriculture || Business

Michelle Chen

While the government claims that soot from agribusinesses and mines poses no significant public health threat, public-interest groups say that regulators are manipulating science to fit industry's agenda.

Reduced Pollution Credited to Skewed Reporting

4/17/06

News Report

Environment / Ecology || Health / Safety

NewStandard Staff

Drug Firms ‘Gouge’ Consumers After Taking Taxpayer Handouts

4/14/06

News Article

Business || Health / Safety

Catherine Komp

Thanks to huge government grants offered to pharma companies that turn around and make gigantic profits off the drugs they create, Americans are paying twice for many of the drugs on which they depend.

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