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Is ocean garbage killing whales?

Millions of tonnes of plastic debris dumped each year in the world’s oceans could pose a lethal threat to whales, according to a scientific assessment to be presented at a key international whaling forum this week. A review of research literature from the last two decades reveals hundreds of cases…

Japan man admits killing British teacher

A Japanese man accused of raping and murdering British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker, whose battered body was found in a sand-filled bathtub, Monday admitted the killing but said it was accidental. Tatsuya Ichihashi, 32 — who spent more than two and a half years on the run after the 2007…

Chemical in plastic containers makes male mice act like females

WASHINGTON — Male mice who were exposed as babies to BPA, a chemical common in canned foods and plastic containers, act more like females and are seen as less desirable mates, a US study showed Monday. The findings could have implications for how BPA, or Bisphenol A, may affect human…

E.U. plans payments for fishermen who catch plastic

In a unique compromise arrangement, the European Union believes it may have found a way to address the concerns of fishermen and environmental activists, even as it works to address the problem of overfishing that’s devastated marine life in coastal areas. They’re going to pay fishermen to catch plastic instead,…

China’s poor treated to fake rice made from plastic: report

China’s history with food safety is a rocky one, but even in the annals of robbery and abuse, this will go down in infamy. Various reports in Singapore media have said that Chinese companies are mass producing fake rice made, in part, out of plastic, according to one online publication…

‘Rent Too Damn High’ NY candidate inspires doll

‘Rent Too Damn High’ NY candidate Jimmy McMillan inspires talking doll The New York gubernatorial candidate from the “The Rent Is Too Damn High Party” now has a talking plastic “hero” doll that repeats his catch phrase. A Connecticut company that makes action figures is selling one of New York…

Boy flings water bottle at Sarkozy

A schoolboy threw a plastic bottle at France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to discuss violence in French schools on Tuesday, but missed his target. A bodyguard came between Sarkozy and the water bottle which was thrown as pupils crowded around the president, some of them seeking to shake…

IBM invents Earth-friendly plastic made from plants

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – IBM researchers on Tuesday said they have discovered a way to make Earth-friendly plastic from plants that could replace petroleum-based products tough on the environment. The breakthrough promises biodegradable plastics made in a way that saves on energy, according to Chandrasekhar “Spike” Narayan, a manager of…

Washington slaps fee on plastic shopping bags

WASHINGTON — Residents of the US capital may have to dig a little deeper into their pockets when they go grocery shopping once the city slaps a five-cent levy on each plastic bag issued at the checkout line. The measure, which takes effect on January 1, 2010 and is the…

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