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Biotechnology 'no cure-all' for food insecurity
October 7, 2008 09:44 AM - , SciDevNet
[NAIROBI] Biotechnology is no panacea to the food insecurity and poverty problems in Africa and other developing countries, warned scientists at the first All Africa Congress on Biotechnology in Nairobi, Kenya, this week (23 September). "This is no silver bullet to the food insecurity in Africa and the rest of the developing world, but it must be looked at as one of the most important tools that will contribute to increased food production and thus, poverty reduction," said Clive James, chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.
US$4.6 million bonus to broaden global health network
October 2, 2008 12:39 PM - , SciDevNet
A Mexican institute and a Chinese university are among those receiving funding as part of the expanded Framework Programs for Global Health initiative of the Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health.
Trade and climate policies must be linked post-2012
October 2, 2008 07:51 AM - , SciDevNet
China is now the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, decades earlier than many predicted. Chinese emissions are often viewed as a Chinese production problem, but the role of spiraling consumption in rich nations should not be underestimated. One third of China's territorial emissions come from producing exports.
Small island states must lead by example
October 1, 2008 09:24 AM - , SciDevNet
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) contribute less than 0.02 per cent to the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions but they are among the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change. Many SIDS cannot cope with the consequences of rising sea levels and damage from more frequent storms, floods and stronger cyclones caused by global warming.
Innovative development projects receive awards
September 24, 2008 09:02 AM - Brett Cherry, SciDevNet
Innovators from developing countries have been honoured by The Tech Museum of Innovation in the United States.
Chinese innovation 'too isolated'
September 23, 2008 09:29 AM - Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet
[ZHENGZHOU AND BEIJING] For China to become a world leader in innovation, it should address regional differences and promote corporate input, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
São Paulo to invest $63 million on climate research
September 16, 2008 10:22 AM - Catarina Chagas, SciDevNet
The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) has announced a new US$63 million investment initiative for research on global climate change and its impact on Brazil.
Bangladesh steps up to tackle climate change
September 12, 2008 12:30 PM - , SciDevNet
[LONDON] Bangladesh has launched a comprehensive action plan to ensure the country's resilience to climate change over the next decade. The 2009—2018 plan was presented yesterday (10 September) during the UK—Bangladesh Climate Change Conference in London, United Kingdom.
China: Greener than you think
August 22, 2008 08:38 AM - , SciDevNet
China may have guzzled a lot of carbon in its 30 years of industrialisation, but it could achieve a clean energy miracle in the next 30, argues Wu Changhua in New Scientist.
Current climate models 'ignoring brown carbon'
August 18, 2008 10:50 AM - , SciDevNet
Scientists have found that air pollution from East Asia contains an abundance of 'brown carbon' particles and say that atmospheric models need updating to incorporate their effect. Current climate models take into account two types of aerosol carbon — organic carbon and black carbon — that arise from the burning of fossil fuels or biomass.