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  Science
October 2001
Pollution Turkey
Resort country (Photo courtesy of Berkeley University)
Plant Fumes in Power Vacuum
Worsening pollution and a spate of health problems are prompting a spirited citizens’ fight against one of Turkey’s largest coal-burning power plants, which has been spewing pollutants into the air over popular tourist resorts along the Aegean coast for more than two decades. Huseyin Kandemir and Debbie Lovatt report for London's Gemini News Service.

September 2001
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August 2001
A House for Every Season
“Formidable, fortified, and immovable with large windows facing southwest. This is how people built their homes more than 800 years ago in Horstmar, in Germany’s Münsterland region, back in the days when noble families resided in the town’s castle and surrounded it with some eight retainer farms for protection. The castle was destroyed long ago, and only four of the farms have been preserved. But recently, at the heart of the oldest one, Borchorster Hof, a new chapter in Horstmar’s residential history began.

“On a plot of land on the edge of the historic town center with its robust brick buildings, within only two days, a light, airy house was screwed and welded together from just four sections. Besides boasting the benefits of modular and energy-saving homes, this one can turn to face the sun....”

Andrea Freund reports for Frankfurt's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Full Story

Science and Technology News At a Glance:
Taiwan’s Shady Deal with North Korea
“The issue of Taiwan exporting its nuclear waste to North Korea is throwing the South Korean people into a state of anxiety again. In an interview with the Yonhap News, a high-level Taiwanese official said that Taiwan and North Korea are continuing negotiations on the export of nuclear waste and that [the construction of] a storage facility for Taiwanese nuclear waste is nearly complete in North Korea.”

—Seoul Yonhap (semi-official news service), Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 17, 2001. From the May 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.5).

The Uranium Minefield
“It is almost impossible for science to prove a negative, whether it’s to show that mobile phones are not the cause of brain tumors, to demonstrate that the measles, mumps, and rubella-combined-vaccine does not cause autism, or to prove that depleted uranium is not the cause of illnesses suffered by veterans of the Gulf War and Balkans conflict. Disproving something is about the hardest request that can be made of a scientist.”

—Steve Connor, The Independent (centrist), London, England, Jan. 26, 2001. From the April 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.4).

Children Are Victims of Depleted Uranium

“She is 10 years old—and thus was born right when bombs and rockets turned the area around her home into a battlefield. Today Sarah Nadhim is in the hospital, covered with a black scarf, and watches us with sad eyes. Perhaps because she knows what is almost inevitable in today’s Iraq: She will die prematurely. ”

—Krista Foss, The Globe and Mail (centrist), Toronto, Canada, Dec. 21, 2000. From the April 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.4).

Desperate Fight to Stop Ebola Virus
“As the world death toll mounted to at least 39, including three nurses, worrying signs emerged that the epidemic might be spreading. There is no treatment for Ebola, whose victims rapidly bleed to death. Because it is highly infectious, the only hope of stopping an outbreak is isolating victims and their contacts.”

—Anna Borzello, Sarah Boseley, The Mail & Guardian (liberal), Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct. 20, 2001. From the January 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.1).


Rising Death Toll
“Tentative results from laboratory tests indicate that a soldier has died of Ebola fever in Mbarara Hospital. Chairman of the National Ebola Task Force Dr. Sam Okware told journalists in Kampala yesterday that the Ministry of Health is waiting for confirmation of the results. The soldier, who was isolated after doctors at the hospital suspected his symptoms, died on Oct. 27.”

—Carolyne Nakazibwe, The Monitor (independent weekly), Kampala, Uganda, Nov. 2, 2000. From the January 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.1).

Retrieving Freshwater from the Sea
“The days of freshwater being inexhaustible are long gone. Some people in China are spending money to buy water while others are still waiting. That the use of desalinated seawater is not widespread enough in China is partly due to cost, but more to the fact that the state's policies and people's understanding concerning seawater still have a long road ahead of them.”

—Yuan Li, Beijing Youth Daily (official), Beijing, China, Sept. 9, 2000.
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