In the papers...


Lingering toxic dust 
The radioactive dust released from armour-piercing depleted uranium shells persists in the soil for decades, and can spread for kilometres, UK scientists have found. The dust has been linked with lung cancer and kidney damage. The findings raise concerns for people living in former war zones. 
The Guardian, 27 June 2007 

 

Israel at risk 
Israelis are vulnerable to attacks from chemical weapons, according to a government subcommittee report. The report's authors urge that residents of Haifa and the north of the country be provided with gas masks and other equipment. 
Jerusalem Post, 16 July 2007 

 

Sterile men sue Dow 
Dow Chemical is being sued by over 5000 male banana farm workers from Central America over claims that a  pesticide left them sterile. The pesticide, 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane, was used up to the 1970s to treat worms infesting banana trees. The claimants say Dow knew about the toxic effects as early as the 1950s. 
The Pueblo Chieftain, 9 July 2007 

 

Albania destroys weapons 
Albania has become the first country to destroy its entire stockpile of chemical weapons, the UN reports. 16 678 kilograms of mustard gas and other banned chemical agents have been destroyed. In a treaty signed by 187 nations in 1997, countries have until 2012 to destroy their chemical arsenal. 
The Moscow Times, 16 July 2007 

 

He just loves chemistry 
A man who triggered a chemical scare in Wootton Bassett, UK, 'just loved chemistry' and 'wasn't doing it to make a bomb,' his parents say. Police evacuated 100 homes after the shed where he experimented with chemicals ordered over the internet was discovered. 
The Wiltshire Herald and Gazette, 2 July 2007