Archives for the day of: October 9, 2010

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From CTV:

A wall surrounding an industrial plant reservoir in Hungary may collapse at any time and send a second wave of toxic sludge over villages already devastated by a previous deluge, the government announced Saturday.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said a crack in one of the reservoir’s concrete walls grew to 7 centimetres in size overnight.

Orban did not say how big the crack was before it began to grow. However, the crack puts the wall at a high risk of collapsing, he told reporters gathered at a fire station near the alumina plant.

“Probably today, the wall could come down. I cannot say that it will happen surely, but already the risk is there,” Orban said. “Cracks have appeared on the northern wall of the reservoir, which makes it very likely that the whole wall will collapse.”

The Gazette: Breast cancer, traffic pollution link examined in Montreal studyTraffic-related air pollution may put women at risk for breast cancer, according to a new study from Quebec. . . . Then, the research team looked at the home addresses of women diagnosed with breast cancer in a 1996-97 study and charted that onto the air pollution maps.  The team says its results were “startling,” and showed the incidence of breast cancer was increased in areas with higher levels of air pollution. Read more here.

Science News: Pesticide in womb may promote obesity, study finds – One-quarter of babies born to women who had relatively high concentrations of a DDT-breakdown product in their blood grew unusually fast for at least the first year of life, a study finds. Read more here.

CNN: Aid groups say lead poisoning has killed 400 children in Nigeria. As many as 400 children have died of lead poisoning-related illnesses in Nigeria since March, two international aid groups say, and as many as 30,000 people could be affected by lead contamination. . . . “The lead poisoning is a consequence of villagers practicing small-scale gold extraction from lead-containing ore. The processing of the ore involves crushing and drying, often inside the homes of villagers, resulting in the contamination of soil,” Doctors without Borders explained in a statement.  Read more here.

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