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WHO experts concluded that diesel exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumors in the bladder

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Diesel engines exhaust fumes do cause cancer, a panel of experts working for the World Health Organization says. It concluded that the exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumors in the bladder. It based the findings on research in high-risk workers such as miners, railway workers and truck drivers. However, the panel said everyone should try to reduce their exposure...

At least 232 people have died in a fire that swept through Kiss nightclub in university city Santa Maria in southern Brazil

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...a band let off fireworks at the Kiss club in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul. Many victims reportedly inhaled toxic fumes or were crushed as panicking clubbers tried to escape. Bereaved families have gathered at the scene where the fire is out and bodies are being removed. President Dilma Rousseff, who cut short a visit to Chile, has been visiting survivors at the city’s Caridade hospital alo...

Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing has reached levels judged as hazardous to human health

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.... Official Beijing city readings on Saturday suggested pollution levels over 400. Unofficial reading from a monitor at the US embassy recorded 800. Once inhaled, the tiny particles can cause respiratory infections, as well as increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease. Last year Chinese authorities warned the US embassy not to publish its data. But the embassy said the measurements wer...

US federal government is on the verge of recognizing that people who lived near Ground Zero and first responders got cancer from toxic dust from the scene

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...s on the verge of recognizing that people who lived near Ground Zero and first responders got cancer from toxic dust from the scene. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is expected to announce the findings on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attack tomorrow. The institute is responsible for deciding whether cancer should be among the illnesses covered by the James Zadrog...

The city of Venice has imposed its first ever ban on motorboats, launches and barges on one of its main waterways, Grand Canal

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The city of Venice has imposed its first ever ban on motorboats, launches and barges on one of its main waterways, Grand Canal. Almost all the usual traffic was cleared from the Grand Canal for several hours. The aim was to draw attention to the city’s environmental problems, and help make the case for more ecologically-sound forms of water transport. “This initiative is to raise awar...

About one million people still remain powerless after five days from the unseasonable and deadly snowstorm that hit Northeast US

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...asonable snowstorm has been blamed for at least 19 fatalities, mostly due to slippery roads but also from unvented toxic fumes in homes where people were running alternative power sources, such as gas generators and propane stoves. About one million people still remain powerless after five days from the unseasonable and deadly snowstorm that hit Northeast US Officials across New England pleaded...

Castor bean plant

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Ricin, one of the byproducts of processing castor beans, is a toxin that is fatal to humans in extremely small doses. Just 1 milligramof ricin is a deadly amount if inhaled or ingested, and only 500 micrograms of the substance would kill an adult if it were injected (CDC). The victim can die within 36 to 48 hours due to the failure of the respiratory and circulatory systems. There is no known cur...

A letter posted to Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker at the US Senate has been tested positive for the lethal toxin ricin or another poisonous substance

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...cepted at a centre handling post for the Capitol in Washington DC, US media report. Ricin, extracted from castor beans, is 1,000 times more toxic than cyanide. It can be fatal when inhaled, swallowed or injected, although it is possible to recover from exposure. Roger Wicker issued a statement on Tuesday acknowledging the letter. “This matter is part of an ongoing investigation by the United...

Bed Bugs close-up

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...its kind to be published, etymologists at Ohio State University tested three commercially available foggers – sold under the Hot Shot, Spectracide, and Eliminator brands, respectively – and concluded that all three products were virtually useless at fighting bed bug infestations. In “Ineffectiveness of Over-the-Counter Total-Release Foggers Against the Bed Bug (Heteroptera: Cimi...

The rescuers at 9/11 WTC are at 19% higher risk of cancer as a result of exposure to toxic fumes, according to a study published in a special The Lancet series to mark the 10th anniversary of the atrocity.

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...pes of aviation industry’s response as WTC fell.   9/11: Nine little known facts.   The 9/11 tragedy from World Trade Centre has taken a heavy toll on the health of those who tried to rescue people from the burning buildings, those who took part in the clean-up, and those who lived near the site, research shows. The rescuers who endangered their lives trying to save people have paid a long-term pr...

One woman in a wheelchair at Occupy Oakland protests was struggling to breathe and had to be helped away as police fired tear gas into the crowd

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...around 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday night, mostly young adults, some riding bicycles, protecting themselves from the noxious fumes with bandanas and scarves wrapped around their faces. According to police, two officers were injured and 97 people were arrested in the Tuesday morning raid on the camp. Last week, city staff warned the protesters that they might have to shut down the site, where camping and...

Emmanuelle Seigner plays Vanda in Roman Polanski's latest film Venus In Fur

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Roman Polanski’s new film, Venus in Fur, with the director beautiful wife’s Emmanuelle Seigner in female leading role, is adapted from the stage-play by David Ives. The movie is set continuously in one location: a theatre auditorium in Paris, where a harassed director has just spent a long and disagreeable afternoon auditioning actresses for a new version of Venus In Furs, the Leopold von Sacher-...

Investigations are continuing into the cause of Lac-Megantic train blast, which saw some 2,000 residents forced to flee their homes

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According to Canadian police, 28 bodies have now been found following the train disaster in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. Another 22 people are missing and presumed dead after the train carrying oil derailed and exploded in the town. Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil scheduled for Friday evening was cancelled due to police concerns over large crowds. Investigations are continuing into the cause o...

Tens of thousands of Italians have protested in Naples against illegal dumping of toxic waste blamed on the local mafia

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Tens of thousands of Italians have protested in Naples against illegal dumping of toxic waste blamed on the local mafia. Demonstrators carried photos of relatives who they said had died of cancer as a result of the pollution. Locals call the area between Naples and Caserta the “Triangle of Death” because of toxic fumes after waste burning. Some 10 million tonnes of industrial waste ha...

Theresa Monique Jefferson was arrested after she and another woman threw bleach and another chemical on each other during an argument at Walmart store in Baltimore

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Two women have been arrested after they started a bleach and other chemicals fight in a Walmart store in Baltimore, Maryland. Police said Theresa Monique Jefferson, 33, and another woman threw bleach and another chemical on each other during the argument, prompting officials to evacuate the store for two hours and call in a hazardous materials team. According to firefighters, 19 people, Walmart c...

Bio-mex is an organic, chemical-free product which can get rid of grease and dirt not only from kitchens and bathrooms, but also be used to keep bicycles and car engines shiny and clean

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...d lemon. Bio-mex is an organic, chemical-free product which can get rid of grease and dirt not only from kitchens and bathrooms, but also be used to keep bicycles and car engines shiny and clean The ingredients are “fired” together to create a hardened cream or “cake” which is removed using a damp sponge from the pot lid. Because it is made from organic ingredients it is also kind to skin and is...

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Indian officials say at least 73 people have been killed in a fire that broke out in a hospital in the city of Calcutta (Kolkata). Many of the dead people were patients who were trapped after the flames spread through the AMRI hospital in the southern part of Calcutta. The fire started early on Friday in the multi-storey hospital’s basement, where flammable materials were stored. Fire engin...

An Austrian crematorium officials have blamed a deceased woman's obesity for causing a fire which had to be tackled by firefighters

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An Austrian crematorium officials have blamed a deceased woman’s obesity for causing a fire which had to be tackled by firefighters. Graz firemen were covered in thick sticky soot as they tried to prevent the blaze from taking hold of the building. The case has been widely reported in Austrian media, including in the ORT, and has ignited calls for a weight limit on bodies to protect against...

At least ten inmates died and 42 others were injured in a fire at Modelo prison in the Colombian city of Barranquilla

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...Colombian city of Barranquilla, police say. Some inmates with slight injuries have now been released from hospitals in the city, but at least 15 are still being treated for the severe burns they suffered or for the smoke they inhaled. The fire broke out Monday night, apparently when several inmates in Cellblock B of Modelo jail set mattresses on fire during a clash between rival gangs, following a...

The whale graveyard found beside the Pan-American Highway in Chile is one of the most astonishing fossil discoveries of recent years

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The whale graveyard found beside the Pan-American Highway in Chile is one of the most astonishing fossil discoveries of recent years. Now scientists think they can explain how so many of the animals came to be preserved in one location more than five million years ago. It was the result of not one but four separate mass strandings, they report in a Royal Society journal. The evidence strongly sug...

Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with polonium-210

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...d lab facilities – and access to a nuclear reactor. Alternatively, it could have been obtained from a commercial supplier. Polonium-210 can either be extracted from rocks containing radioactive uranium or separated chemically from the substance radium-226. Production of polonium from radium-226 would need sophisticated lab facilities because the latter substance produces dangerous levels of...

According to the 911 call tape from last Monday, Demi Moore suffered convulsions after smoking an undisclosed substance

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...ard saying: “Hey, Ru, what’s the name at the gate so that we can buzz them [the paramedics] in from here?” Demi Moore has two other daughters, Scout, 20, and Tallulah, 17, from her marriage to Bruce Willis. Radar Online speculates Demi Moore may have been smoking K2 or Spice, which is a legal herbal and chemical product that mimics the effects of cannabis. The actress had also inhaled laughi...

Emphysema is frequently due to the effects of smoking, but the condition can also affect non-smokers, either through a genetic susceptibility, or exposure to workplace chemicals

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Demi Moore has become frighteningly thin since her split with Ashton Kutcher

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...tion and was rendered semi-unconscious. The “whip-it” charger is sold separately and users inhale it from the canister to receive a “quick high”. It is typically used by young teenagers and is popular because it can easily be bought over the counter from the supermarket. Prescription medication is also said to have played a part in her hospitalization and that her consistent use was one of the cau...

Erin Langworthy has miraculously survived following a fall into crocodile-infested waters after the cord snapped while she was bungee jumping in Zambia

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...into what caused the terrifying accident. Chilling footage of the incident shows the young tourist, from Perth, leaping from the bridge which crosses a gorge 111 meters above the water. It shows how her bungee cord snapped as she reached the bottom of her descent, sending her flying down towards the water below. According to reports it is believed Erin Langworthy was around 20 meters above the Za...