RedskyNews Category: Mutated Locusts – Event 5

Overgrazed Fields Promote Locusts

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Swarming locusts may be drawn to overgrazed fields because the insects prefer to feed on low-nitrogen plants in areas where the soil is depleted, US and Chinese researchers said Thursday. In bad years, locust swarms can inhabit as much as

Toxic Timebomb In South Africa

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We meet Mariette Lieferink in a McDonalds near Gauteng, on the edge of Johannesburg, buying a dozen sickly sweet drinks. She’s no one’s idea of a leading environmental activist. She wears a tight-fitting, scarlet, embroidered Chinese dress, high heels, and

Toxic Metals Contaminate China

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A new report on environmental pollution in China has shown that around ten per cent of the country’s farmland is heavily contaminated with lead, zinc, and other heavy metals. China’s Southern Metropolitan Daily reports that Wan Bentai, the chief engineer

India Serves Up Toxic Vegetables

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BANGALORE: The next time you go to buy vegetables in the market, check if they are coming from villages around Varthur Tank, Bellandur Tank, Byramangala Tank and Nagawara Tank areas, for a recent study conducted by city-based Indian Institute of

New Giant Wasp Shocks Scientists

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An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the country’s national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda. The

Toxic Metals Found In Chinese Toys

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The national product quality watchdog has found heavy metal elements in some toy products, which experts say can accumulate in children’s bodies and cause chronic poisoning if they are absorbed. A recent spot-check by the General Administration of Quality Supervision,

China Contaminated By Toxic Metals

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China’s environmental protection ministry is cracking down on pollution caused by lead and other heavy metals following a spate of poisoning cases and reports that much of the country is contaminated with toxic materials. The new rules were announced late

Arsenic Found In Fish In Taiwan

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The New Taipei City Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation into allegations that arsenic-tainted fish are being distributed for sale to wet markets in the Taipei area. The media report that made the allegations added that officials and consumers

Toxic Metals Found In Cosmetics

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As you put on your makeup, you may be spreading trace amounts of lead across your cheeks, cadmium on your eyelashes and arsenic on your lips. In lab testing of 49 cosmetic products, Environmental Defence found varying levels of toxic

China’s Heavy Metal Crops

ChinaMetals24102010

Looking for a good way to consume a higher daily dose of lead, arsenic, and cadmium? Try smoking Chinese cigarettes. According to a Reuters report, a recent tobacco study conducted by researchers from the Buffalo-based Roswell Park Cancer Institute found

Toxic Legacy Blights Europe

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Abandoned mines in Romania leach water contaminated by heavy metals into rivers. A Hungarian chemical plant produces more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic substances a year. Soil in eastern Slovakia is contaminated with cancer-producing PCBs. The flood of toxic sludge

UN Completes Nigeria Lead Survey

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A United Nations team has finished collecting dozens of soil and water samples in a region of northern Nigeria where acute lead poisoning due to backyard gold digging has sickened hundreds of children this year, leading to excess deaths. The