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  1. News - World - POLLUTION

    Obama to tighten restrictions on smog emissions

    Posted Nov 27th 2014, 03:52am by AP

    ... health problems. The stricter standard would makes good on a pledge President Barack Obama made during his first campaign for the White House and one of his first environmental actions ... Obama reneged on a plan by then-Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to lower the permissible level to be more protective of public health. The initial range of 60 to 70 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1649399/obama-tighten-restrictions-smog-emissions
  2. News - Asia - POLLUTION

    New Delhi's pollution levels go from world's worst to even worse

    Posted Nov 27th 2014, 02:37am by AP

    ... worse than the ones that have already led the World Health Organisation to rank New Delhi as the world's most polluted city. Average pollution levels were 50 per cent to 700 per cent higher ... increase in levels of PM 2.5 by 2030- the tiny particulate matter believed to cause the most damage to human health- according to a study this month by The Energy and Resources Institute in New ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1649426/new-delhis-pollution-levels-go-worlds-worst-even-worse-study-finds
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Cities must adapt to climate change, or risk disaster

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 12:52pm by CIARA SHANNON

    ... to adapt, along with a limited ability to actually make changes. Problems include a lack of provision for infrastructure and urban services such as health and education, and a lack of institutional ... to provide better risk management and analysis. Plans for continuity for essential services during and after disasters need to be made. Cities should also consider the health effects, including how ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1649195/cities-must-adapt-climate-change-or-risk-disaster
  4. Comment - Letters

    Proposed incinerator will be world's most expensive bonfire

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 05:26am by LETTERS

    ... would the Netherlands not install the same incinerator within 15 kilometres of a residential area, based on health concerns of its residents). It will cost Hong Kong taxpayers billions to build ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1648754/proposed-incinerator-will-be-worlds-most-expensive-bonfire
  5. News - China - HEALTH

    Obesity epidemic costs world as much as wars and terrorism, report says

    Posted Nov 22nd 2014, 04:27am by Angela Meng

    ... are rising fast. The study, published by McKinsey & Company, calculated the combined social burden by estimating the cost of health care, lost productivity and mitigating the impact of obesity. ... organisations, educators and health-care providers.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1645764/obesity-epidemic-costs-world-much-wars-and-terrorism-report-says
  6. News - World - HEALTH

    E-cigarettes need tight regulation, WHO says, citing health concerns

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 01:31am by AGENCIES

    ... e-cigarette rules The World Health Organisation yesterday stepped up its war on Big Tobacco, calling for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on their indoor use, advertising and sales to minors. In a long-awaited report that will be debated by member states at a tobacco control meeting in October in Moscow, the United Nations health agency also voiced concern ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581019/e-cigarettes-need-tight-regulation-who-says-citing-health-concerns
  7. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    United States military using ultraviolet robot in Ebola war

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 04:51am by AFP

    ... be immediately repurposed now to protect Ebola health workers," Texas A&M University computer science and engineering professor Robin Murphy said this month. But any robots would have to fit into the wider medical effort, take the local culture into account and avoid imposing radical new procedures on stressed health workers, she added. A clinic in Liberia or Sierra Leone also presents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1647074/united-states-military-using-ultraviolet-robot-ebola-war
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking Points, November 26, 2014

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 05:37am by STAFF

    ... health care programmes. The first topic will focus on preventing falls through exercises and dance. Less well off patients will be generously subsidised, PolyU has pledged.   Apartheid's 'Dr Death' is sentenced Wouter Basson, a chemical warfare expert who worked for South Africa's former apartheid regime, will be sentenced by the Health Professions Council of South ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1648819/talking-points-november-26-2014
  9. News - China - COURTS

    Quack doctor freed from prison, jailed after killing again

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 04:49pm by AFP

    ... On that occasion Hu was sentenced to 15 years, but he was again given his freedom early, the newspaper said, and mounted a “health retreat” for 12 “patients” last year. “A 22-year-old college student Yun ... reported, claiming that he frequently consumes 1.5 kilograms of the salt and liquid mixture without any ill-effects. Beijing’s health insurance provides limited coverage to most rural residents, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1644584/quack-doctor-freed-prison-jailed-after-killing-again
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Old at 65? Not in the 21st century

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 05:36pm by Paul Yip and Stuart Basten

    ... Paul Yip and Stuart Basten Paul Yip and Stuart Basten say our definition of old age, now set at 65, should change as our life expectancies increase and general health improves, to better ... 20th-century Europe, where industrialisation had taken root. At the time, many were indeed suffering ill health at 65 and life expectancy was much lower. Thus, they became "pensioners", ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1647786/old-65-not-21st-century

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