Jul 21, 2011, 10:55 p.m.
Family group sues New York City schools over light fixtures
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A coalition of families has filed a lawsuit demanding that New York City public schools remove aging fluorescent light fixtures it says are leaking a toxic substance that may harm children's health. The city's Department of Education agreed in February to replace the fixtures over 10 years, but the lawsuit filed by New York Communities for Change on Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court contends that time frame is "unacceptably lax," given the "significant risks" the leaks pose to the health of children in hundreds of schools.
Racial row flares over South Africa national park plan
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) - Plans to build two new hotels in South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park have sparked a racial fight rekindling the country's troubled apartheid past. South Africa National Parks (SANParks) wants to construct the four-star safari lodges inside Kruger to attract new visitors who are willing to spend a little more money for comfort as opposed to roughing it in a more economic campsite.
Ideal carbon capture solution years off: study
LONDON (Reuters) - A dream climate change cure to turn planet-warming greenhouse gases into useful products from jet fuel to plastics will take years to develop from the lab and pilot projects, a report found on Thursday. Pilot projects already use carbon dioxide (CO2) to feed plants, for example to boost tomatoes in glasshouses, while laboratories have tested the manufacture of concrete, plastics and oils, but costs are high and projects depend on concentrated streams of CO2.
Hurricane Dora strengthens off Mexico Pacific coast
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Dora was close to becoming a Category 5 storm in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico Thursday although it was not close to land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Dora, the fourth named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, churned 240 miles south of Cabo Corrientes on the coast of western Jalisco state with winds of 155 miles per hour, the Miami-based hurricane center said.