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Debt-for-nature swap will protect rainforests in Guatemala

3 Oct 2006 at 3:10pm

About 20 percent of Guatemala's debt to the United States will be forgiven in exchange for forest conservation efforts in the Central American nation, officials announced yesterday. It's the largest debt-for-nature swap carried out under the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998, which allows debt owed to the U.S. to ...

China's first-of-its-kind "Green GDP" report finds pollution hampering economy

3 Oct 2006 at 3:10pm

The Chinese government is exploring an innovative way to assess economic growth with a new "green GDP" report, released last month. The report found that air and water pollution cost the nation $64 billion in 2004, equivalent to 3 percent of gross domestic product; it suggests that China's true growth ...

What comes after Kyoto? Forward-looking German gathering gives taste of possi...

3 Oct 2006 at 3:10pm

Germany seems to be gearing up for a new charge against climate change. During the same week that German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country's intentions of using its fast-approaching G8 and E.U. leadership to tackle the issue, a conference in Berlin brought together scientists and politicians to discuss what ...

Lead still bad for you, and at lower levels than previously thought

3 Oct 2006 at 3:10pm

Lead exposure levels long considered safe for adults have been linked to higher death rates from stroke and heart attack, says cheery research in the medical journal Circulation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests that safe blood lead levels for adults are up to 400 micrograms per liter, but ...

California will measure chemical levels in people's bodies under new law

3 Oct 2006 at 3:10pm

The first state to measure how residents absorb chemicals from everyday products will be, of course, Arkansas. Ha ha -- you wish, Arkansans. No, it'll be California. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed a "biomonitoring" bill Friday that calls on state health officers to collect voluntarily submitted samples of blood, urine, ...

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