The Brazilian government will spend 1.7 billion dollars to bring running water and other basic services to Rio de Janeiro slums to counter drug gangs that control many of the poor areas, announced President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
A ban on smoking in public places has come into effect in England, spelling an end to drinkers having a cigarette with their pint in pubs, bars and clubs.
Cold winter conditions and the lack of wind are exacerbating air-quality problems in Santiago and Chillán; pollution in both cities has reached extreme levels.
United States announced it will halt imports of five types of farmed Chinese seafood, claiming they contain antibiotics that are not allowed in North America
The World Health Organization (WHO) released this week the first ever country-by-country analysis of the impact environmental factors have on health. The data show huge inequalities but also demonstrate that in every country, people's health could be improved by reducing environmental risks including pollution, hazards in the work environment, UV radiation, noise, agricultural risks, climate and ecosystem change.
The Pan American Health Organization, a regional arm of the United Nations World Health Organization, called today for the elimination of industrial trans fats from food supplies throughout the Americas in order to prevent heart attacks.
Leaders of the leading industrialized nations G8 meeting in Germany agreed to seek substantial cuts in CO2 emissions in an effort to tackle climate change. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G8 would negotiate within a United Nations framework to seek a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol by the end of 2009.
On the dusty battlegrounds of Iraq where open-air food shopping poses a security threat, new technology is allowing United States troops to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, even in remote desert locations.
It's finally time to get out of the house and into a big glass of refreshing, hot-weather wine. What wines are perfect with cookouts and other summertime entertaining? Here's a short list.
Business leaders in India and Argentina work the longest hours, clocking up to 57 hours a week, according to a survey published this week, while Italians work the shortest week at 47 hours.