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June 2003

United Nations Food Safety and Trade Standards Commission Opens Meeting (6/30/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Urgent Call to Improve Survival of Millions of Children (6/27/03, World Health Organization)

Confidence Slips as Consumers Expect Slow Pace of Economic Growth (6/27/03, University of Michigan)

Safety Fears Over Pilotless Planes (6/27/03, New Scientist)

Measuring, Assessing and Communicating Regulatory Effectiveness (MACRE 2003) (6/27/03, Nuclear Energy Agency)

U.S. Natural Gas Supplies Low, Prices Rising (6/27/03, Environment News Service)

TVA Ruling Fails to Settle Clean Air Act Debate (6/27/03, Environment News Service)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Publishes List of May 2003 Recalls (6/27/03, NHTSA)

Study Traces Global Spread of Virulent Dengue Virus to U.S. Doorstep (6/27/03, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

International Cancer Research Portfolio: New On-Line Tool Will Aid in Cancer Research Collaboration and Planning (6/26/03, National Institutes of Health)

North American Free Trade Agreement Countries Adopt Biodiversity Strategy (6/26/03, Environment News Service)

Injuries Cost China Over $12 Billion a Year (6/26/03, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

New Model Helps Hospitals and Health Systems Better Respond to Potential Bioterrorism (6/26/03, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Charting Seismic Effects on Water Levels Can Refine Earthquake Understanding (6/26/03, University of Washington)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Highlight Summer Health and Safety Tips (6/26/03, CDC)

Mediterranean Diet Backed as a Whole (6/26/03, New Scientist)

Cholesterol Test at 50 Spots Those Most At Risk of Heart Disease (6/26/03, EurekAlert)

Too Many Sweetened Drinks, from Soda to Lemonade, Put Children At Risk for Obesity, Poor Nutrition, Study at Cornell Finds (6/26/03, Cornell University)

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. Announce Extended Recall of Infant Car Seats/Carriers (6/25/03, CPSC)

New Initiative to Research and Develop Drugs for the World’s Most Neglected Diseases (6/25/03, World Health Organization)

Questions and Answers About the Electromagnetic Fields and Breast Cancer on Long Island Study (6/24/03, National Cancer Institute)

Final Call for Drivers Using Hand-held Mobiles (6/24/03, UK Department for Transport)

Risk of Eye Injuries from Airbags Very Low (6/24/03, EurekAlert)

Development of Prostate Drug Based on UT Southwestern Research (6/24/03, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)

UK Health Secretary Announces 50 Million Genetics Strategy for the National Health Service; Genetics White Paper, Our Inheritance, Our Future - Realising the Potential of Genetics in the NHS, Is Published Today (6/24/03, UK Department of Health); go to Genetics White Paper links

Global Internet Laboratory Launches (6/24/03, New Scientist)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Data Show Health Expenditures at an All-time High (6/23/03, OECD)

Global Ag Ministers Assemble for Biotech Promotion (6/23/03, Environment News Service)

United States, Brazil Forge Closer Energy Ties (6/23/03, Environment News Service); for background, see United States and Brazil Establish Consultative Committee on Agriculture (6/20/03, USDA)

Carbon Sequestration Focus of Leadership Forum (6/23/03, Environment News Service)

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Addresses World Congress on Risk in Brussels (6/23/03, European Union)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Unprecedented First "Draft Report on the Environment"; Report Shows Real Progress, Helps Identify Areas Where There Is "More To Be Done" (6/23/03, U.S. EPA); read draft report designed for general reading or draft technical document providing report's scientific foundation

Iraqi Uranium Found but Concerns Remain (6/23/03, New Scientist)

The Right [Statistical] Tool for the Job (6/23/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation)

Rare Stroke Risk Related to Air Travel (6/23/03, EurekAlert)

Reducing the Risk of Frost Damage to Short-Season Crops (6/23/03, EurekAlert)

Extra Checks for Breast Cancer in Pregnancy Needed (6/20/03, EurekAlert)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Unveils $11 Million Campaign to Reduce Drinking and Driving (6/19/03, DOT)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Statement Regarding the Anti-Depressant Paxil for Pediatric Population (6/19/03, FDA)

Farmers Over-planting GE Corn - Center for Science in the Public Interest Finds Many Farmers Violating EPA’s Requirements (6/19/03,CSPI)

Risk Management Challenges Remain for Banks Amid Record Earnings (6/18/03, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Fire, HAZMAT Crews Safely Complete Response to Incident at INEEL (6/18/03, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory)

National Laboratory Discovers Material Accounting Discrepancy (6/18/03, Los Alamos National Laboratory)

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Electrical Safety Foundation International Warn Consumers About Electrical Hazards in the Home (6/18/03, CPSC)

Toxic Metal Clue to Autism (6/18/03, New Scientist)

Genetic Engineers Decaffeinate Coffee (6/18/03, New Scientist)

Microsoft Launches Major Attack on Spam (6/18/03, New Scientist)

Low Sperm Count, Quality in Rural Areas Tied to Herbicides, Pesticides (6/17/03, EHP Online)

Eleven Ways to Prevent Cancer (6/17/03, European Union)

Australian Researcher Wins Award for Developing New Design Procedure for Timber Joints (6/17/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

U.S. Loses Up to $130 Billion Annually as Result of Poor Health, Early Death Due to Lack of Insurance (6/17/03, National Academies); listen to one-hour public briefing (free RealPlayer required to listen to briefing webcast), read opening statement, and see Web Extra, which provides links to the full report and related resources

Twenty-eight Countries and the European Community Sign Tobacco Treaty at First Opportunity (6/16/03, World Health Organization)

New FAO-Sponsored Website Promotes Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (6/16/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Routine Immunization of Children Re-established Across Iraq (6/16/03, United Nations Children's Fund)

Green Group Calls for Voluntary Round-up of Pre-88 Cars (6/16/03, Friends of the Earth Canada)

Iran Failing to Report All Nuclear Activity (6/16/03, New Scientist)

Mothers Know Best About Child's Smoke Exposure (6/16/03, Center for the Advancement of Health)

Treaty on International Trade in GMOs to Become Law - Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Will Enter into Force in September (6/13/03, United Nations Environment Programme)

Cracks Appear in China's Giant Dam (6/13/03, New Scientist)

University of Minnesota Researchers Find Regular Use of Aspirin May Lower Risk of Adult Leukemia (6/13/03, EurekAlert)

European Commission Welcomes Final Adoption of New Regulation on the Transboundary Movements of Genetically Modified Organisms (6/13/03, European Union)

Financial Action Task Force To Publish Revised Forty Recommendations Against Money Laundering (6/13/03, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

SARS: Make No Mistake - There Will Be a Next Time (6/12/03, Canadian Institutes of Health Research)

Polluters Cannot Be Left Off the Hook Any Longer - Environment Ministers Must Agree on Strong Legislation (6/12/03, European Environmental Bureau)

Environmental NGOs Call for Ban on Herbicide "Paraquat" (6/12/03, EEB)

Environment and Health - The European Commission Launches a Strategy to Reduce Diseases Linked to Environmental Factors (6/11/03, European Union); also see questions and answers on A European Environment and Health Strategy

New Global Alliance Brings Food Fortification to World’s Poor (6/11/03, World Health Organization)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommend Smallpox Vaccination to Protect Persons Exposed to Monkeypox (6/11/03, CDC); also see Public Health Investigation Uncovers First Outbreak of Human Monkeypox Infection in Western Hemisphere (6/7/03, CDC)

States Remain at Forefront of Efforts to Address Emerging Agricultural Biotechnology Issues (6/11/03, Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology); read fact sheet on "2001-2002 Legislative Activity Related to Agricultural Biotechnology" and access Legislation Tracker database

Report Finds Deteriorating Infrastructure, Pollution Threaten Municipal Drinking Water Supplies (6/11/03, Natural Resources Defense Council)

Government of Canada Announces Additional Research Funding for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (6/10/03, Health Canada)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Hold Public Meeting June 17 on Human Reliability Analysis for Risk Modeling (6/10/03, NRC)

Industry, Politicians Try to Sink California Ban on Contaminated Oysters - Gulf Coast Shellfish Responsible for Needless Deaths Each Year (6/10/03, Center for Science in the Public Interest)

Fifth Annual RIMS on the Hill: Tort Reform (6/10/03, Risk and Insurance Management Society)

Ethiopia: Drought-hit Farmers Receive Emergency Aid - Pre-famine Conditions in Pockets of the Country (6/10/03, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)

British "Ready" Meals' Salt Levels Revealed (6/10/03, UK Food Standards Agency)

Rich Countries' Greenhouse Gas Emissions Ballooning (6/9/03, Environment News Service)

Escalating Conflict in Liberia Threatens Health of Millions Across West Africa, UNFPA Warns (6/9/03, United Nations Population Fund); also see UNICEF Deeply Concerned About Liberian Children Caught in the Conflict

Ban on Mercury Amalgam Recommended by Swedish Commission - Advocates Urge U.S. Government to Protect Children and Pregnant Women from Mercury (PDF file) (6/9/03, Mercury Policy Project); read report Mercury in Dental-Filling Materials -- An Updated Risk Analysis in Environmental Medical Terms (PDF file)

Mayo Clinic Links Early Heart Artery Abnormality to Increased Stroke Risk (6/9/03, Mayo Clinic)

Just Published: Nuclear Energy Data to 2020 in OECD Countries (6/6/03, Nuclear Energy Agency)

SARS "Over Its Peak," Says World Health Organization (6/6/03, New Scientist)

Revised Computer Worm Targets Financial Firms (6/6/03, New Scientist)

Mother's Exposure to Pollutants May Contribute to Testicular Cancer Years Later (6/6/03, EHP Online)

Blood Disease Symptoms Resemble Child Abuse (6/6/03, New Scientist)

Prematurity, Infections Most Likely Causes of Brain Damage Among Infants (6/6/03, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions)

Plants Prospering from Climate Change (6/6/03, Environment News Service)

Energy Secretary Comments on EIA’s Short-term Energy Outlook (6/6/03, U.S. Department of Energy)

Reliant Resources Inc. Licences raft credit for Credit Risk Management (PDF file) (6/5/03, Raft International)

Gates Foundation Commits $40 Million to Improve Reproductive Health in the Developing World (6/5/03, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Rising Cloud Base Over Northeast Could Disrupt Appalachian Forests (6/5/03, Yale University)

Deadly Spread of Cancer Halted (6/5/03, New Scientist)

Canada Strengthens Commitments to Conservation of Biodiversity with the Proclamation of the Species At Risk Act and Government of Canada Announces $9 Million To Help Protect Species At Risk and Their Habitat (6/5/03, Environment Canada)

More Floods, Population: More Costs at the Australian Coast (6/5/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

New National Institutes of Health Study Seeks Kidney and Heart Disease Links and Solutions (6/5/03, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

U.N. Environment Programme Urges Action to Better Manage the Globe's Groundwaters (6/5/03, UNEP)

Diouf: Safeguard "the Source of Food Security" (6/5/03, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)

Wall Street Analysts Routinely Inflate Stock Prices (6/4/03, University of Michigan

Tight Glucose Control in Diabetes Lowers Risk of Atherosclerosis (6/4/03, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Eases Travel Notifications for Singapore and Hong Kong (6/4/03, CDC)

Global Warming's Sooty Smokescreen Revealed (6/4/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Discuss Significance of Safety System Issue at Point Beach (6/4/03, NRC)

Pollution Hazard Closes Neutrino Lab (6/4/03, New Scientist)

Engineering a Solution to Waste Crisis (6/3/03, Cardiff University)

BSE Case in Canada Should Not Cause Panic (6/3/03, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)

Mother's Exposure to Pollutants May Contribute to Testicular Cancer Years Later (6/3/03, EHP Online)

NIOSH Pursues Hand-Vibration Studies to Understand, Address Risks (6/3/03, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

US Distributes New Test for SARS (6/3/03, New Scientist); also see Experimental Laboratory Test for SARS Virus Made Available to About 200 Labs Nationwide (6/2/03, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Geiger Counter in Every Human Revealed (6/3/03, New Scientist)

Research Pinpointing Investors Risk Tolerance Could Massively Benefit Stock Market (6/3/03, Warwick University)

Hospitalized Children Experience Medical Errors at the Same Rate as Adults (6/3/03, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions)

Antidepressant Found to Reduce Hot Flashes (6/3/03, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions)

Modern Pit Facility Draft Environmental Impact Statement Issued (6/2/03, U.S. Department of Energy)

Women Benefit More from Quitting Smoking than Men (6/2/03, National Institutes of Health)

Mining Waste: European Commission Proposes New Rules to Prevent Pollution and Accidents (6/2/03, European Union)

May 2003

Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology's Stakeholder Forum Concludes Work, Issues Closing Report (5/30/03, The Pew Charitable Trusts); read report The Stakeholder Forum on Biotechnology: An Overview of the Process (PDF file)

University of Minnesota Leads Effort to Break Impasse Over GMO Safety (5/30/03, EurekAlert)

Cabinet Officials Report Progress on President Bush's Healthy Forests Initiative (5/30/03, U.S. Department of Agriculture); see fact sheet

Aging Drivers--When It Is Time to Take Away the Keys (5/30/03, EurekAlert)

Plans Announced for African-American DNA Database (5/30/03, National Academies)

Foam Impact Tests Gash Shuttle Wing (5/30/03, New Scientist)

Slander Poses a Greater Danger than SARS (5/30/03, University of Alberta)

Arsenic, Copper Found in Reston Lake, U.S. Geological Survey Reports (5/29/03, USGS)

Underground Slurry Injection of Drilling Wastes (5/29/03, Argonne National Laboratory Environmental Assessment Division)

EPA Study Provides Evidence that Metal Particles May Increase Severity of Asthma (5/29/03, Environmental Health Perspectives)

Detroit Summit to Bring African American Women Together to Reduce SIDS Risk (5/29/03, National Institutes of Health)

Worriers More Prone to Cancer (5/28/03, New Scientist)

Women's Health Initiative Memory Study on Estrogen/Progestin (5/27/03, U.S. Food and Drug Administration); also see Common Hormone Therapy Doubles Dementia Risk (5/27/03, Ohio State University)

Massive Tsunami Sweeps Atlantic Coast in Asteroid Impact Scenario for March 16, 2880 (5/27/03, University of California, Santa Cruz)

SARS Vaccine Tests Begin in Monkeys (5/27/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Department of Energy Selects Washington Group, International & Raytheon Technical Services To Begin Work on Shutdown of Russian Plutonium Production Reactors (5/27/03, DOE)

Australian Breakthrough in Eco-friendly Food Manufacturing (5/27/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

European Environmental Bureau Says Cross Compliance Must Not Be Weakened (5/27/03, EEB)

Label Fable - Drowsiness Warning for UK Drivers (5/27/03, UK Department for Transport)

Statement by UK Health and Safety Executive Deputy Director General - Metropolitan Police Prosecution Verdict (5/27/03, HSE)

Hope for 11 Million Children Facing Death from Illnesses - World Health Assembly Adopts New Strategic Directions for Child and Adolescent Health (5/26/03, World Health Organization)

Anti-Cancer Drug Provokes Rash of Criticism (5/26/03, New Scientist)

The Netherlands Provides Additional 6.3 Million Euros for United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Partnership Programme (5/26/03, FAO)

Surgery Better than Drugs for Serious Lack of Blood Flow to the Heart (5/26/03, EurekAlert)

Weekly Reports of Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed Go On-line (5/26/03, European Union)

Britain Boosts Nuclear Bomb Research (5/24/03, New Scientist)

World Rushes To Help Algerian Quake Victims (5/23/03, Environment News Service)

World Health Organization Changes Hong Kong, Guangdong Travel Recommendations (5/23/03, WHO)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Reinstates Travel Alert for Toronto (5/23/03, CDC)

UK Health and Safety Executive Publishes New Legionnaires' Guidance (5/23/03, HSE)

Health Costs of Obesity, Smoking Nearly Equal and World Anti-Smoking Treaty Adopted (5/23/03, National Academies)

Smallpox Vaccine Provides More Protection than Previously Thought (5/23/03, Oregon Health and Science University)

New Research Calls for Heightened Awareness of Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder Following Childbirth (5/23/03, University of Warwick)

Civet Cats Most Likely Source of SARS (5/23/03, New Scientist)

Mad Cow Quarantine in Canada Extended (5/23/03, New Scientist)

Atkin's Diet May Cut Risk of Heart Disease (5/22/03, New Scientist)

IAEA Agrees to Undertake Independent Review of April 10, 2003, Paks, Hungary, NPP Incident (5/22/03, IAEA)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensing Board Issues Decision on Seismic Issue Affecting Private Fuel Storage Application (5/22/03, NRC)

Health Canada Launches National West Nile Virus Info-line (5/22/03, Health Canada)

Lack of Security Serious Hindrance to Relief Efforts in Iraq, Top UN Officials Tell Security Council (5/22/03, United Nations)

World Health Organization announces new public-private initiative on disease surveillance (5/22/03, World Health Organization)

US$30 Million Research Effort To Develop New Tests for Deadly Infectious Diseases (5/22/03, WHO)

New Treaty on the Carpathian Region Will Protect Europe's Largest Remaining Wilderness (5/22/03, United Nations Environment Programme)

Federal Emergency Management Agency Awards Nearly $3 Million in Grants to 12 States to Reduce Risk Through Pre-Disaster Planning (5/21/03, FEMA)

Hi-Tech Canary To Save Miners' Lives (5/21/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

No "Silver Bullet" to Limit Spam, Federal Trade Commission Tells Congress (5/21/03, FTC)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Recommends Precautions to Curb Possible Exposures of Workers to Asbestos Linked with Vermiculite from Libby, Montana (5/21/03, NIOSH); see fact sheet (or PDF file)

World Health Assembly Adopts Historic Tobacco Control Pact (5/21/03, WHO)

National Consumer Awareness Campaign Launched on Vermiculite Insulation Used in Some Home Attics (5/21/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Whitman, Proud of Accomplishments as She Prepares to Return Home to New Jersey, Resigns as Administrator of EPA, Effective, June 27, 2003 (5/21/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

BSE Disease Investigation in Alberta (5/20/03, Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary's Statement Regarding Canada’s Announcement of BSE Investigation (5/20/03, USDA)

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Raising the National Threat Level (5/20/03, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

One Thousand Brazilian Babies Poisoned by Mercury (5/20/03, Environment News Service)

International Atomic Energy Agency Calls for Urgent Action on Nuclear Situation in Iraq (5/19/03, IAEA)

California Autism Diagnoses Double (5/19/03, National Academies)

Webcast of Symposium on Electronic Publishing's Effects on Scientific Research To Continue Tuesday (5/19/03, National Academies)

British Public "Duped" Over Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Fears (5/19/03, New Scientist)

Angry Kids at Greater Risk of Heart Disease (5/19/03, New Scientist)

Study Warns of Health Risk from Nonstick Cookware (5/16/03, Environment News Service); read report Canaries in the Kitchen

Toxic Substances Put One in Five European Union Workers at Risk (5/16/03, Environment News Service)

Webcast of Symposium on Electronic Publishing's Effects on Scientific Research Will Begin Monday (5/16/03, National Academies)

The Big Undo: A Time Machine for Corporate Computing (5/16/03, University of Michigan)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Awards $2 Million To Seven States for New Brownfields Job Training Grants in Ten Communities (5/16/03, U.S. EPA)

EWG Finds Heated Teflon Pans Can Turn Toxic Faster than DuPont Claims (5/15/03, Environmental Working Group); read report Canaries in the Kitchen

A New Roadmap for U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reductions (5/15/03, Environment News Service)

Aerosols' Effects Could Change Current Understanding of Global Climate Change (5/15/03, University of Washington)

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Selects Fair Isaac's Payment Optimizer To Detect Fraud and Abuse (5/15/03, Fair Isaacs Corporation)

U.S. Sues Over Ban on Genetically Modified Foods (5/15/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Denali Fault Quake Offers Clues for Hazards in Future Quakes, Science Magazine Reports (5/15/03, U.S. Geological Survey)

Deputy Commissioner of Social Security Administration: Delays in Strengthening Social Security Mean More Difficult Choices in the Future (5/15/03, SSA)

Health Canada Statement on Release of Health Canada and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preliminary Report (5/15/03, Health Canada); preview report titled Cluster of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Cases Among Protected Health Care Workers - Toronto, April 2003

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Draft Guidance on Use of Material from Deer and Elk in Animal Feed (5/15/03, FDA)

National Quality Forum Finds Consensus on 30 Patient Safety Practices (5/15/03, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

"Tornado Week" Timeline (May 4-12) (5/15/03, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Algorithm Tweaks Could Boost Google's Speed (5/15/03, New Scientist)

More than 300 New Risk Abstracts Online. The best of the world's recent research on a wide gamut of risk topics is available in RiskWorld's library of risk abstracts, with more than 300 new abstracts published online today. (5/14/03, RiskWorld)

SARS Database of Daily Outbreaks by Country Available Online (5/14/03, World Health Organization)

First World Congress on Risk Convenes in June (5/14/03, Society for Risk Analysis)

Breakthrough Treatment for Most Common Ailment in Men Over 50 Is Safe and Effective, Weill Cornell Study Shows (5/14/03, Cornell University)

U.S. Department of Energy: "Government Accounting Office Report on Recovery of Radioactive Sources Flawed" - DOE-NRC Releases Joint Report on Improving Security of Radioactive Materials, Which GAO Failed To Consider (5/14/03, DOE); read GAO report (PDF file)

U.S. Department of Energy Forwards Joint DOE-NRC Report on Recovery of Radioactive Sources To GAO; Urges GAO To Read It (5/14/03, DOE); read DOE-NRC report (PDF file)

CDC Calls for Meeting Plans Involving International Visitors to Continue (5/14/03, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Former International Monetary Fund Director: 1.1 Billion People in World Are Without Clean, Safe Water - Increased Spending of $100 Billion a Year Needed To Provide Safe Water in Developing Countries (5/14/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Children Should Have First Oral Health Risk Assessment at Six Months (5/13/03, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)

U.S. Unveils New $20 Note with Background Colors - The New Color of Money: Safer, Smarter, More Secure (5/13/03, Federal Reserve Board)

Computer Worm Fails to Fizzle Out (5/13/03, New Scientist); see Win32/Fizzer Worm information from CERT Coordination Center

United States and Cooperating Countries File WTO Case Against EU Moratorium and Biotech Foods and Crops - EU's Illegal, Non-Science based Moratorium Harmful to Agriculture and the Developing World (5/13/03, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

European Commission Regrets U.S. Decision to File World Trade Organization Case on GMOs as Misguided and Unnecessary (5/13/03, EU)

Closer Cooperation on Climate Change to Environmental Education (5/13/03, United Nations Environment Programme)

Changing Epidemiology of Polio Prompts Tactical Shift in World's Largest Public Health Initiative - Supplementary Polio Immunization To Be Narrowed to Key Countries (5/13/03, UNICEF)

Sticky Plant Sap Linked to African Child Cancer (5/13/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Launches Massive Law Enforcement Mobilization for Traffic Safety (5/12/03, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Study Confirms Safety of Placing Infants to Sleep on their Backs - Infants Who Sleep on Back Have Fewer Fevers and Ear Infections (5/12/03, National Institutes of Health)

"TOPOFF 2" - Week-Long National Combating Terrorism Exercise Begins May 12, 2003 (5/12/03, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

New Publications Show Injuries Kill More Than Five Million People a Year - Road Crashes Account for 1 of 5 Injury-related Deaths (5/12/03, WHO); see The Injury Chartbook - A Graphical Overview of the Global Burden of Injuries and Injury: A Leading Cause of the Global Burden of Disease

Europe's Environmental Progress At Risk from Unsustainable Economic Activities (5/12/03, European Environment Agency)

Kyrgyz Officials Fear Radioactive Spills (5/12/03, Environment News Service)

Patient Benefits from Controversial vCJD Drug (5/12/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Research Grants Program Judged Excellent (5/12/03, U.S. EPA)

Fewer Tests on Animals and Safer Drugs: New European Union Tests Save 200,000 Rabbits per Year (5/12/03, EU)

Indonesia Must Act Now To Avoid a Worsening Aids Epidemic, Says UNAIDS Executive Director (5/9/03, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS); read full speech at launch of Indonesian National AIDS Strategy 2003-2007

UK Health and Safety Commission Publishes New Guidance on Unloading Petroleum (5/9/03, HSE)

World Health Organization Director-General Begins Dialogue with Food Industry on Diet and Chronic Diseases - Roundtable Meeting Launches High-level Consultation with Private Sector as WHO Prepares Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health for Member States (5/9/03, WHO)

Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Crackdown on Internet Marketers of Bogus SARS Prevention Products (5/9/03, FDA)

Radiation Doses of Atomic Veterans Underestimated, But No Significant Increase in Those Eligible for Compensation Foreseen (5/8/03, National Academies); read full report or listen to archived briefing (requires free RealPlayer)

Live Webcast at 11:00 AM, EDT, May 8, on Veterans and Radiation Exposure (5/7/03, National Academies)

European Commission Publishes Draft New Chemicals Legislation for Consultation (5/7/03, European Union); read questions and answers on new chemicals policy--the REACH system--and remarks by commission member responsible for enterprise and the information society at press conference

European Commission and WHO - A Healthy Partnership Continues and Strengthens Collaboration (5/7/03, European Union)

Breakthrough in Fight Against Infection Misery (5/7/03, EurekAlert)

Canadian Health Minister Announces Membership of Advisory Group on SARS and Public Health (5/6/03, Health Canada)

National Public Radio's "Living on Earth" Series Launches New Segments on Environmental Research - "The Secret Life of Lead" Begins Series That Highlights NSF-Funded Research (5/6/03, National Science Foundation)

Conscientious People Less Likely To Experience Vehicle Crashes, Study Says (5/6/03, Texas A&M University)

Pesticide Safety Education Materials Available (5/6/03, U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs)

EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise for Second Year Running (5/6/03, European Environment Agency); read report

Water Transfers Are Increasing the Water Crisis - The Case of the Tagus-Segura Transfer in Spain (5/6/03, European Environmental Bureau)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Final Two Proposed Food Safety Regulations (5/6/03, FDA)

Crash Test Results for Model Year 2003 Vehicles Available on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web Site (5/6/03, NHTSA)

$1.6 Million To Improve Safety at Railway Crossings Across Canada (5/6/03, Transport Canada)

Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health Public Meeting Scheduled for May 22-23 in Washington (5/6/03, Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Bed Sharing with Siblings, Soft Bedding, Increase SIDS Risk (5/5/03, National Institutes of Health)

European Commission Orientation Debate on Reform of EU Chemicals Policy, 7 May 2003 (5/5/03, European Environmental Bureau)

"TOPOFF 2" - Week-Long National Combating Terrorism Exercise Begins May 12, 2003 (5/5/03, U.S. Department of Homeland Security); see remarks by DHS secretary and others

Earthquake in Central Virginia (5/5/03, U.S. Geological Survey)

No Evidence That SARS Stems from Farm Animals (5/5/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary To Release $100 Million To Assist States with Smallpox Vaccination Programs (5/5/03, HHS)

Shrink-Proof Sheep (5/2/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization)

Severe Immune Response Kills SARS Victims and Face Masks Are Best Protection Against SARS (5/2/03, New Scientist)

A Simple but Ambitious Plan: $20 Million to Jump Start the Iraqi Health System (5/2/03, World Health Organization)

Horrific Venereal Disease Strikes African Baboons (5/2/03, New Scientist)

Starting Marijuana Use During Teens May Result in Cognitive Impairment Later in Life (5/2/03, EurekAlert)

Intel To Release Machine Learning Libraries (5/2/03, New Scientist)

Livermore Researchers Discover Uncertainties in Climate Satellite Data Hamper Detection of Global Warming (5/1/03, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

UK Food Standards Agency Advises Parents to Limit Number of Soft Drinks Containing the Sweetener Cyclamate Given to Young Children (5/1/03, FSA)

War May Be Over, but Battle to Protect Iraqi Children Is Far from Won (5/1/03, UNICEF)

Agricultural Pesticide Use May Be Associated with Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer (5/1/03, National Cancer Institute); see Agricultural Health Study fact sheet and homepage

New Look at Satellite Data Supports Global Warming Trend (5/1/03, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research); see related editorial The Climate Alarmist Two-Step from director of the Fraser Institute Centre for Studies in Risk and Regulation and Global Warming Will Alter Character of Great Lakes Region (4/8/03, Union of Concerned Scientists)

Web-based Attacks Could Create Chaos in the Physical World (5/1/03, Johns Hopkins University)

First Peer-reviewed SARS Genome Sequence Appears in Science (5/1/03, American Association for the Advancement of Science)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Lincoln Technologies, Inc., To Collaborate on Developing Tools for Safety Data Mining (5/1/03, FDA)

Common Gene Variant Increases Risk of Atherosclerosis (5/1/03, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute)

April 2003

U.S. Department of Energy To Compete Contracts at New "Idaho National Laboratory"; Focus on New Lab Mission and Accelerating Environmental Cleanup (4/30/03, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Updates Interim U.S. Surveillance Case Definition for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (4/30/03, CDC)

Genetic Test Blunders Risk Needless Abortions (4/30/03, New Scientist)

Traffic Pollution Damages Men's Sperm (4/30/03, New Scientist)

Shuttle Safety Recommendations Will Ignore Cost (4/30/03, New Scientist)

WHO Welcomes ASEAN Unity Against SARS (4/29/03, World Health Organization)

Physical Activity Reduces Risk for Heart Attack and Death in Men with Diabetes (4/29/03, American Heart Association)

72 New Members Chosen by Academy (4/29/03, National Academies); new members include Roger E. Kasperson, executive director of Stockholm Environment Institute and former Society for Risk Analysis president

Game Theorist Sandler Describes Unintended Consequences of U.S. Counter-Terrorism Policies - Economists Are Building New Theoretical Models To Enlighten Policymakers (4/28/03, National Science Foundation); for example, read Sandler's recent paper with Walter Enders, An Economic Perspective on Transnational Terrorism (PDF file)

Viet Nam SARS-Free (4/28/03, World Health Organization)

At Least One Third of Iraq's Spring Crop Unscathed (4/28/03, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)

UK Health and Safety Executive Focuses on Site Transport Safety Risks at SED 2003 (4/28/03, HSE)

Finalists Compete in INFORMSTechnology World Series (4/28/03, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences); see background on competitor papers, including "Opti-Money at Bank Hapoalim: A Model-Based Investment Decision Support System for Individual Customers"

National Academy of Sciences President Speaks on "Harnessing Science for a More Rational World" at Annual Meeting (4/28/03, National Academies)

Metastatic Prostate Cancer Is Common, Deadly and Costly, Multi-center Study Shows (4/27/03, EurekAlert)

Climatologists Give Waterworld Warning for Earth (4/27/03, New Scientist)

SARS Much More Deadly Than First Estimated (4/25/03, New Scientist)

Malaria Is Alive and Well and Killing More Than 3000 African Children Every Day (4/25/03, World Health Organization)

Tokyo's Cracked Nuclear Reactors May Power Up Again (4/25/03, New Scientist)

Patients Who Have Multiple Potential Causes for Fainting Have a Higher Risk of Death (4/25/03, EurekAlert)

Decline in Human Fertility Linked to Global Warming, Columbia Presbyterian Study Shows (4/25/03, Cornell University)

Pilot Program Examines Modifications for Pesticide Emergency Exemptions (4/24/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); click here and scroll down to title

U.N. Environment Programme Outlines Strategy for Protecting People and the Environment in Post-war Iraq (4/24/03, UNEP); also see Environmental Cleanup a Humanitarian Need in Iraq (4/24/03, Environment News Service)

Gene Variation Raises Risk of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia (4/24/03, EurekAlert

U.S. Food Safety Standards Should Be More Clearly Linked to Public Health Outcomes (4/24/03, National Academies); read the report Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food; also read USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service's news release

Pew Initiative Report Finds Genetically Altered Fish Have Promise If the Technology Is Reviewed Appropriately (4/24/03, Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology)

550 Sickened from Quorn Fungus-based Foods (4/24/03, released 4/23/03, Center for Science in the Public Interest)

Carbon Monoxide Emissions Controls Achieving Results (4/23/03, National Academies); read Managing Carbon Monoxide Pollution in Meteorological and Topographical Problem Areas

World Health Organization Extends Its SARS-related Travel Advice to Beijing and Shanxi Province in China and to Toronto, Canada (4/23/03, WHO); also read teleconference briefing transcript

Interim Travel Alert: Toronto, Ontario, Canada (4/23/03, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); see CDC's Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Web page for more information

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Launch Expert Report on Diet, Nutrition, and Prevention of Chronic Diseases (4/23/03, FAO); read report (PDF file)

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission To Hold Regional ATV Safety Hearing in West Virginia; ATV Injuries Double in Five-year Period, Deaths Continue To Climb (4/23/03, CPSC)

Blood Lead Concentration and Delayed Puberty in Girls (4/23/03, U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment)

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Preliminary Estimates of 2002 Highway Fatalities (4/23/03, NHTSA)

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Makes His Views Known to Security Council on Resumption of Inspections in Iraq (4/22/03, IAEA)

Burgeoning SARS Virus Decoded in China (4/22/03, New Scientist)

National EPA Initiative Goes Beyond Cleanup and Focuses on Returning Sites Back to Productive Reuse for Communities (4/22/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Imminent Implementation of Strict Rules on Animal By-products Facilitated (4/22/03, European Union)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases Major Research Report on Crashes Involving Pedestrians in U.S. (4/22/03, NHTSA)

Markland Technologies Expands Cargo Inspection Capabilities with Automated Container Sensor (ACS) Technology (4/22/03, Markland Technologies)

Patient Information Can Encourage or Limit Choice (4/21/03, EurekAlert)

Judging Performance Impact of It: Don't Overlook Actual Usage, Says Operations Research Study - Hospital Data Links Usage to Lower Mortality, Higher Revenue (4/21/03, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences)

Compressed Natural Gas Yields More Health Improvement Than "Clean Diesel" for Urban Buses But at Greater Cost (4/18/03, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis)

Toxicological Review of 2-Methylnaphthalene [And IRIS Summary] (External Review Draft) (4/18/03, U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Survey Shows Few Americans Making Preparations in Case of a Terrorist Attack Despite Department of Homeland Security Warnings and Recommendations (4/17/03, Harvard School of Public Health)

Comment Period Extended on Cancer Risk Assessment Guideline Documents (4/17/03, U.S. EPA)

"Safe" Lead Levels Still Damage Children's IQ (4/16/03, New Scientist)

Grain Elevator Operators Resist Transgenic Wheat (4/16/03, Environment News Service)

Environmental Health Institute Announces Advances in Genomics and Researchers Identify Gene for Premature Aging Disorder (4/16/03, National Institutes of Health)

Researchers Report Successful Transplants of Cells To Repair Nerve Tissue Damage in Mice with MS-Like Disease (4/16/03, National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Nitrogen Harming Northeast Forests and Waters (4/16/03, Environment News Service); see Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study website and link to report titled Nitrogen Pollution: From the Sources to the Sea

U.S. EPA Releases Best Practices Guide on Industrial Waste (4/16/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Researchers Identify Gene for Premature Aging Disorder (4/16/03, National Institutes of Health)

Researchers Report Successful Transplants of Cells To Repair Nerve Tissue Damage in Mice with MS-Like Disease (4/16/03, National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Coronavirus Never Before Seen in Humans Is the Cause of SARS - Unprecedented Collaboration Identifies New Pathogen in Record Time (4/16/03, World Health Organization)

SARS in Canada (4/16/03, EurekAlert); see links to articles published in Canadian Medical Association Journal and other publications

Health Canada Is Coordinating a National Approach to West Nile Virus (4/16/03, Health Canada)

UK Health and Safety Commission Talks to Small Businesses About How To Cut Risks (4/15/03, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Funding Drought Threatens Afghanistan's Food Security (4/15/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Bush Administration Proposes Dramatic Reductions of Pollution from Non-road Diesel Engines (4/15/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Wastewater Treatment Plant To Install Filtration System (4/15/03, Los Alamos National Laboratory)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Intensifies Scientific Investigation of a Chemical Processing Aid (Perfluorooctanoic Acid, or PFOA) (4/15/03, U.S. EPA); also see Teflon Under Fire (4/15/03, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness)

Kids Risk Symposium Yields Findings on Role of Baby Bath Seats in Unintentional Drownings; Evaluates Corporate Commitment to Helping Children (4/14/03, Harvard School of Public Health) - A New Name for a New Website (4/14/03, U.S. Social Security Administration); read fact sheet about

Bullies, Victims at Risk for Violence and Other Problem Behaviors (4/14/03, National Institutes of Health)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lab Sequences Genome of New Coronavirus (4/14/03, CDC)

International Consortium Completes Human Genome Project - All Goals Achieved; New Vision for Genome Research Unveiled (4/14/03, National Institutes of Health); also read U.S. Department of Energy secretary's statement on the human genome

Peril in Peru? NASA Takes a Look at Menacing Glacier (4/14/03, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

No Sign of End to SARS Outbreak (4/11/03, New Scientist)

UK Food Standards Agency Reports Specified Risk Material Finds in Imported Meat (4/11/03, FSA)

Groundbreaking Research Shows Sugar To Trigger Growth (4/11/03, Clemson University)

National Infant Immunization Week Urges Parents To Vaccinate (4/11/03, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Asks Americans To Take the Smoke-Free Pledge (4/10/03, U.S. EPA)

Looking at Pesticide Labels Through Multi-Colored Glasses (4/10/03, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Most Endangered Rivers of 2003 Announced - Mississippi's Big Sunflower River #1, Water Shortages Fuel Many River Crises (4/10/03, American Rivers)

Fair Isaac Signs PPO Agreement with First Health (4/10/03, Fair Isaac Corporation)

Genetically Modified Organisms: European Commission Requests Twelve Member States To Adopt and Notify Legislation (4/10/03, European Union)

Childhood Overweight Linked to Severe Obesity as Adult (4/10/03, The Gerontological Society of America)

CU-Boulder Professor Urges Exercise and Healthy Diet To Ward Off Dangers of Abdominal Fat (4/10/03, University of Colorado at Boulder)

National Fuel Cell Experts Get Energized in Seattle (4/9/03, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Avian Influenza in the Netherlands: Restrictions Extended (4/9/03, European Union)

Combat Leaves Soldiers "Drunk" with Fatigue (4/9/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Develops Model Application for Reactor Startup Modifications Based on Use of Risk Insights (4/9/03, NRC)

Grant to Study Secondhand Smoke Hazards (4/8/03, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Young People Facing Unprecedented Health Risks from Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS (4/8/03, UNICEF)

Resources Insufficiently Address Needs of Those Most At Risk of HIV in Latin America and Caribbean, Says UNAIDS Executive Director (4/8/03, UNAIDS)

Ebola, Hunting Put Apes on Path to Extinction (4/8/03, Environment News Service)

Transport Canada Publishes Report on Light Duty Vehicle Rollovers (4/8/03, Transport Canada)

New U.S. EPA Initiative Aims To Improve Coordination, Consistency Among Superfund, RCRA, Underground Storage Tank Programs; Better Communicate Cleanup Results to Public (4/8/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

U.S. EPA Orders Paradise, CA, Pest Control Company To Stop Selling Illegal Insecticide (4/7/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

World Health Organization Director-General Calls India "Number 1" Polio Eradication Priority (4/7/03, WHO)

UK Food Standards Agency's Citizens' Jury Says Genetically Modified Food Should Be Available To Buy in the UK (4/7/03, FSA); also see previous release Citizens' Jury Considers the Question "Should GM Foods Be Available To Buy in the UK?"

Executive Summary of Report on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Available (4/7/03, European Union)

United Nations Environment Programme Recommends Studies of Depleted Uranium in Iraq (4/6/03, UNEP)

New UK Food Standards Agency Research Shows Asians Could Significantly Reduce Risk of Heart Disease by Eating More Oily Fish (4/4/03, FSA)

Iraq Conflict Could Be Devastating for Rural Economy (4/3/03, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)

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