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2006-07-20 08:34:19

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's farm and environment ministry rejected a call on Thursday from a royal commission for no-spray buffer zones on farms to protect the public from potential health risks from pesticides. "The scientific advice received is clear that there is insufficient evidence to support the royal commission's recommendations for additional regulatory measures on safety grounds," the ministry said on Thursday. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution called for a...

2005-10-26 04:46:56

By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Researchers have developed an organic pesticide that can control deadly locust swarms in Africa, reducing the need to use traditional insecticides that harm the environment, a senior scientist said on Wednesday. Last year West Africa's worst locust infestation for more than a decade wreaked havoc and worsened food shortages in some of the world's poorest nations, causing major damage to grain crops across a region where many are subsistence...

2005-10-06 17:48:46

Scientists have developed a new technique that makes pesticides more effective by removing insects' ability to exhibit resistance. Their research will extend the effective life of current pesticides, significantly reduce the amount that needs to be sprayed and remove the need for farmers to move to stronger and more harmful chemicals. Researchers at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire, working with researchers in New South Wales, Australia have developed a way to counter the pests' most...

2005-10-06 07:43:24

GENEVA (Reuters) - European children are absorbing dangerous chemicals into their blood from computers, textiles, cosmetics and electrical appliances, according to a new study released on Thursday. The conservation body WWF said results of its first European Union-wide family testing survey found a total of 73 man-made hazardous compounds in the blood of grandmothers, mothers and children from 13 families in 12 countries. The highest number of chemicals, an average of 63 and...

2005-07-14 13:05:35

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sea birds can spread pollutants such as mercury and pesticides across the Arctic in their droppings, Canadian researchers reported Thursday. The finding, published in the journal Science, surprised experts, who had presumed that the chemicals were being spread only by atmospheric winds. It could help explain the high levels of such pollutants found in the bodies of people living in and near the Arctic region, far from...

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2005-07-14 10:30:00

WASHINGTON -- Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report released on Thursday. Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment. The report by the Environmental Working Group is based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical-cord blood taken by the American Red Cross. They...

2005-06-29 20:51:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fight broke out in the U.S. Senateon Wednesday about whether the federal government should beinvolved in evaluating the safety of pesticides by using humansubjects, with senators embracing competing plans. By a vote of 60-37, the Senate backed a one-year moratoriumon the review of such tests by the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency. The U.S. House of Representatives recentlyapproved an identical plan. If enacted, supporters hope the moratorium would...

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2005-05-06 07:30:00

PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay (AP) -- The United States is looking to join an international treaty calling for the phase-out of a dozen of the world's most hazardous pesticides and chemicals, a U.S. official said as delegates from 130 nations met here Thursday. The United States and Russia are the biggest industrialized countries that have yet to ratify the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants - a U.N.-sponsored treaty seeking to restrict 12 chemicals commonly known as the "dirty...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.