The bodies of hundreds of cape fur seals have been washing up on beaches along the coast of Namibia. Officials in the African country conducted autopsies on some of the carcasses and discovered that the seals had starved to death, thanks to depleted fish stocks. (

The Namibian



Ivory Coast doesn't have the money to finish cleaning up after a European company dumped more than 500 tons of petroleum-based toxic waste around the city of Abidjan in August. So far the government has cleaned up 9,200 tons of waste and contaminated soil, but it has only been able to pay half of the total bill so far, around $20 million. More than 3,000 tons of waste and other materials remain. (AllAfrica.com)

A death sentence for a Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses was handed down for the second time recently by a Libyan court. The six were convicted of deliberately infecting over 400 children with HIV at a Libyan hospital; more than 50 of the children have died. The United Nations has expressed concern over the fairness of the trial and has asked the Libyan government not to carry out the sentences. (

The Guardian

/United Kingdom)

The Chinese government plans to tighten restrictions on foreigners adopting Chinese children. The new guidelines, set to become effective next year, bar prospective parents who are, among other things, single, over 50, or overweight. (

The International Herald Tribune


Thanks to a plummeting birth rate, Japan's population is expected to drop 30 percent by 2056. (BBC)

Computers now account for 10 percent of total energy consumption in the United States. All by themselves, servers are using as much energy as 1.3 million homes. The demand is expected to double over the next 10 years. (NewScientist.com)

A New York University student has created the iDrink, a bikini constructed out of photovoltaic film. The bathing suit includes a retractable USB connection for charging an iPod. (Treehugger.com)