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Health

3 Oct 2012

Haiti plastics ban gets mixed reaction from cost-conscious poor

Haiti imposed a ban on plastic and foam food containers as well as black polyethylene bags on Monday, amid concern that the country’s poorest consumers would not be able to afford the substitutes.

1 Oct 2012

Future impact of environmental scorecards, hospital global purchasing guidelines revealed

Linking “greener” operations to mission of healing is key to long-term sustainability of health care organizations

1 Oct 2012

Many nations lag in plan to slow extinctions by 2020-UN

Many nations need to do more to slow extinctions of animals and plants under U.N. targets for 2020 that would also save the world economy billions of dollars a year, U.N. experts say.

1 Oct 2012

UP CLOSE | Building Yale’s sustainable future

Thirty-four percent of the Yale Health Center’s installed material came from recycled materials such as locally manufactured steel, concrete and wood.

27 Sep 2012

Walkable neighborhoods tied to lower diabetes risk

People living in communities that lend themselves to walking had a significantly lower risk of developing diabetes than those living in the least walkable neighborhoods in a large new study from Canada.

25 Sep 2012

Coke, Segway inventor team up on clean water project

The world’s largest soft drink maker said on Tuesday that it is teaming up with American inventor Dean Kamen to roll out his new invention, called the Slingshot, to bring clean water to areas where it is limited.

25 Sep 2012

Experts warn of water bankruptcy for many regions after reviewing 200 major global projects

A study of almost 200 major international water-related projects over the past 20 years has identified a suite of existing and emerging challenges and how science can offer remedies.

24 Sep 2012

Breathing European air shortens lives

On average, air pollution was reducing human lives across the region by roughly eight months, the report said.

24 Sep 2012

Stop killing of protesters, rights group tells Peru’s Humala

At least 19 people have died in clashes over natural resources since Humala took office in July 2011.

21 Sep 2012

Idaho wildfire roars through former uranium mine site

A wildfire in east-central Idaho has burned through three former mining sites containing traces of radioactive thorium and uranium and was advancing a fourth such site on Thursday, but state officials said they believed the risk to human health was low.