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US: It's Not Easy Being Green: Are weed-killers turning frogs into hermaphrodites?
by William SouderHarpers
August 25th, 2006
In the summer of 1997, Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, accepted what seemed a harmless offer to join a panel of eight other scientists investigating the safety of the common weed-killer atrazine. The panel had been commissioned by atrazine's inventor and primary manufacturer, the Swiss-based chemical giant then called Novartis and since renamed Syngenta. The company wanted to know if its product threatened “non-target” organisms, including fish, reptiles, and amphibians—creatures whose fate had remained largely unexplored through the half century in which atrazine had become the most heavily used herbicide in the United States as well as one of its most widespread environmental contaminants.

US: River remains toxic, but not quite as bad
by Jeremiah StettlerThe Saginaw News
The Tittabawassee River is less toxic than once thought, a World Health Organization report suggests. But it's still toxic.

AUSTRALIA: Toxic cocktail released in fire
by 
Jason Gregory, Michael Corkill and Margaret Slocombe
The Courier Mail
June 29th, 2006
A HIGH-LEVEL government report into toxic hazards at a notorious industrial estate north of Brisbane is expected to find several violations of chemical storage rules by businesses located on the site.

EU: Brussels to raise fines for cartels tenfold
by David GowThe Guardian (UK)
June 28th, 2006
Companies found guilty of anti-competitive practices will face multibillion euro fines or more than 10 times the current tariffs for abusing their monopoly and taking part in cartels under draconian new competition guidelines adopted by the European Commission today.

US: Ag-Mart influence alleged
by Kristin CollinsThe News and Observer
June 11th, 2006
A state report on pesticides and birth defects might have been influenced by the company that was its focus, some researchers who worked on the report say.

CANADA: Abnormal Birth Rates in Canadian Native Reserve
by Cindy Drukier and Rory XuThe Epoch Times
June 9th, 2006
There's something is in the air at the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve near Sarnia, Ontario. But it's not just in the air. It's also in the water, the soil, and in the residents themselves: alarming levels of toxic chemicals, believed to be behind the area's skewed birth ratios. In Aamjiwnaang, two girls are born for every boy.

ARGENTINA: Argentina to Take Legal Action Against U.S. Biotech Giant Monsanto in Spain
by David HaskelBNA
June 1st, 2006
Argentina will take legal action against Monsanto in Spain and in other European nations if the U.S. biotechnology giant continues to block Argentine soy shipments from reaching European Union markets, an Argentine Agriculture Secretariat official said.

US: Cargill Fined by State Over Toxic Spill into Bay
by Paul RogersSan Jose Mercury News
June 1st, 2006
State water officials have fined Cargill Salt $71,000 after the Newark company spilled thousands of gallons of toxic brine last year along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay.

US: Deformities in infants blamed on migrant worker pesticide exposure
Associated Press/News 14 Carolina
May 25th, 2006
North Carolina health officials urged closer communication between the state's agriculture, labor and health departments and stricter enforcement of pesticide laws after three severely deformed children were born to migrant farmworkers.

COSTA RICA: Court Rules Dupont's Fungicide Damaged Costa Rican Farmers' Crops
Environment News Service
May 18th, 2006
Lead counsel Don Russo of Don Russo, P.A., and lawyers with Holland & Hart Wednesday obtained an award of $113.48 million on behalf of 27 Costa Rican leatherleaf fern farmers in a lawsuit against E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

COSTA RICA: Farmers Win Suit vs. DuPont
by Randall ChaseAssociated Press
May 17th, 2006
A group of Costa Rican fern growers received a multimillion-dollar award against DuPont Co. on Wednesday for damages to their crops caused by the fungicide Benlate.

INDIA: India rejects wheat from Australia
by Orietta GuerreraThe Age
May 2nd, 2006
Wheat exporter AWB has rushed a high-level delegation to India, after the country refused to unload 50,000 tonnes of Australian wheat that it claims contain unacceptable levels of pesticide.

US: Recycling: Not Apple's Core Value
by Pete MortensenWired
April 26th, 2006
Despite its image as a progressive corporate citizen, Apple Computer had one of the worst recycling records in the American PC industry -- until last week. But even after Apple unveiled its first free computer recycling program Friday, it still falls short of competitors like Hewlett-Packard and Dell, observers say.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Stores Accused in Pesticide Scare
Agence France Presse
April 18th, 2006
Hong Kong supermarkets have halted some vegetable sales amid a new food scare after pressure group Greenpeace accused grocery chains of selling produce tainted with dangerous levels of pesticides.

UK: Eight arrests after goldmine raid
by Paul CarterThe Daily Telegraph
April 16th, 2006
FIFTY environmental activists have stormed and occupied an open cut goldmine in Western New South Wales, halting mining operations, and causing the arrest of eight protesters, police and the activists said today.

US: E-waste dump of the world
by Tim JohnsonThe Seattle Times
April 9th, 2006
When discarded computers vanish from desktops around the world, they often end up in Guiyu, which may be the electronic-waste capital of the globe.

US: US lawmakers come to Bhopal gas victims help
Rediff.com
April 5th, 2006
Eleven members of US Congress today filed an amicus brief with the country's Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of more than 20,000 victims of the 1984 Union Carbide chemical disaster in Bhopal.

US: Benzene Fears Prompt Call for Banning Some Soft Drinks at Schools
by David GoldsteinKnight Ridder
March 28th, 2006
Some leading public-health experts want education officials to ban certain soft drinks from public schools until they're proved safe and free of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

VIETNAM: Agent Orange Victims Gather to Seek Justice
Reuters
March 28th, 2006
Vietnam War veterans from the United States, South Korea, Australia and Vietnam gathered on Tuesday to call for more help for the victims of the Agent Orange defoliant used by the U.S. military.

LATIN AMERICA: Victims of Glyphosate
by Roberto Villar BelmonteInter Press Service News Agency
March 16th, 2006
The pain and suffering of victims of toxic agrochemicals invaded the international negotiations on biosafety in Curitiba, Brazil this week with the accounts of a Paraguayan mother whose son died from herbicide poisoning and local residents of a neighbourhood in Córdoba, Argentina facing a severe health crisis caused by the fumigation of surrounding fields.

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