News watch – February 2011

Toxicity studies are not required unless compounds will be used in drugs, pesticides or food (The Boston Globe – 28 February 2011) – It is scientifically plausible that household chemicals account for some cases of autism, ADHD, learning disorders, allergies and asthma

The 9 Billion-People Question (The Economist – 24 February 2011) – It is scientifically plausible that household chemicals account for some cases of autism, ADHD, learning disorders, allergies and asthma

Making diesel with sun, water, CO2 (Associated Press – 27 February 2011) – Massachusetts biotechnology company produce bio fuel that runs Jaguars and jet engines

New UK guidelines: Eat less red meat (Associated Press – 25 February 2011) – Britain advises people to help prevent cancer by cutting down on red meat.

Conservation steps aim to reduce carbon footprint at Ocean Park (Deccan Herald – 21 February 2011) – Waste separation, compost bins, eco-oils and gases, biodegradable and recyclable materials among measures taken

Treating Root Causes (The Boston Globe – 22 February 2011) – Helping low-income families tackle the environmental and social issues that contribute to health problems

Students’ reaction to healthier lunches highlights challenges for schools (20 February – Chicago Tribune 2011) – To convert kids to healthier meals, first you have to get the food to taste good

Waste plan for Lantau waters (Hong Kong Standard – 18 February 2011) – Government plans to treat 3,000 tonnes of waste daily on artificial island south of Lantau Island built for incinerator

Fraud plagues global health fund (The Economist – 17 February 2011) – Up to two-thirds of grants go astray in astonishing corruption

Eating More Fiber Could Mean Longer Life (Associated Press – 15 February 2011) – Government study ties diet high in fiber from grains with lower risk of cancer deaths in men

Calories on Menus Don’t Affect Kids’ Food Choices (Reuters – 15 February 2011) – US researchers say taste is most important factor children and teens in menu selections

Sugary Drinks to Be Labelled With Calorie Counts (The Globe and Mail – 14 February 2011) – Move represents growing trend to provide health-conscious consumers with more nutritional information

Salt industry lobby group eyes government decision to disband a task force (The Globe and Mail – 13 February 2011) – Nearly 80 per cent of the sodium Canadians eat comes from packaged or processed foods

Strength Training Does More Than Bulk Up Muscles (Los Angeles Times – 13 February 2011) – More lean muscle mass improves kidney and brain function, reduces depression, boost good cholesterol, lowers risk of diabetes.

In Hong Kong, A Precipice of Waste (New York Times – 6 February 2011) – Retailers, manufacturers and economists love the annual consumption splurge that accompanies the Lunar New Year

Worldwide Tsunami of Obesity (Agence France-Presse – 3 February 2011) – More than half a billion men and women — nearly one in nine of all adults — are clinically obese

Can’t get the hang of meditation? (The Baltimore Sun – 3 February 2011) – Relax a minute, it’ll come to you

Eat Less, US Says as Fast-Food Chains Super-Size their Offerings (Los Angeles Times – 2 February 2011) – The fast-food industry didn’t get the memo, cooking up some of their biggest offerings ever

Scrap no more – old tyres can be recycled into new ones (The Star Online – 1 February 2011) – Malaysian firm develops compound recycled from tires and waste rubber to make new tires, retread old ones or make auto parts

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