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U.S. Urged to Tackle Lead in Aviation Gasoline

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 22 (IPS) - Consumer advocates, public health workers and environmental groups here are calling on the federal government to take a formal step towards regulating the use of lead in aviation gasoline, despite a failure to do so for nearly two decades.

Uruguay Not a ‘Pirate’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

VIENNA, Apr 17 (IPS) - The Uruguayan government has made a controversial move to regulate the production and sale of cannabis. The government believes that this will help in the fight against drug-related crime and in dealing with public health issues.

U.S. Tribe Looks to International Court for Justice

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 16 (IPS) - An indigenous community in the United States has filed a petition against the federal government, alleging that officials have repeatedly broken treaties and that the court system has failed to offer remedy.

Russian Law Corners Drug Users

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KIEV, Apr 16 (IPS) - As local authorities prepare to put an end to opioid substitution treatment (OST) programmes in the newly annexed Crimean peninsula, drug users there say they are being forced to choose between a return to addiction and becoming refugees.

Uzbekistan’s Dying Aral Sea Resurrected as Tourist Attraction

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BISHKEK, Apr 15 (IPS) - "I'm going for a swim," says Pelle Bendz, a 52-year-old Swede, as he rummages in the jeep for his bathing trunks. The other tourists look at him, bewildered. What's left of the Aral Sea is reputed to be a toxic stew, contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals.

Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste

Monday, April 14, 2014

YAKAMA NATION, Washington State, U.S., Apr 14 (IPS) - The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: "We'll tell them."

'Sanitation for All' a Rapidly Receding Goal

Saturday, April 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 12 (IPS) - World leaders on Friday discussed plans to expand sustainable access for water, sanitation and hygiene, focusing in particular on how to reach those in remote rural areas and slums where development projects have been slow to penetrate.

When Medicines Don't Work Anymore

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GENEVA, Apr 10 (IPS) - The growing crisis of antibiotic resistance is catching the attention of policy-makers, but not at a fast enough rate to tackle it. More diseases are affected by resistance, meaning the bacteria cannot be killed even if different drugs are used on some patients, who then succumb.

In Peru, Low-Income Cancer Patients Find Fresh Hope

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LIMA, Apr 10 (IPS) - Her tiny fingers and toes have been painted with different shades of nail polish, the bright colours contrasting sharply with the bleak road she has been on for half her young life.

Jordan Faces Looming and Complex Cancer Burden

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMMAN, Apr 10 (IPS) - The concrete skeleton of a twin 13-storey complex towers over surrounding buildings on one of Amman's busiest streets. The ongoing expansion of the King Hussein Cancer Centre symbolises progress as much as it portends a crisis.

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