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The popular myth of 'water wars'
March 26, 2009 10:56 AM - , SciDevNet

Earlier this month the UN warned that climate change could spark conflicts over water. But the idea of future 'water wars' is a myth, says Wendy Barnaby. Neither Egypt, Israel nor Jordon produce enough water for their needs. But while they have fought wars with each other, it has not been over water, says Barnaby. Instead, areas in need of water import food as a 'virtual' boost to water supplies. Tony Allan, a scientist at Kings College London, says more water flows into the Middle East embedded in grain each year than down the Nile to Egyptian farmers.

New agency to be global 'voice of renewables'
December 15, 2008 02:27 PM - , SciDevNet

A new agency to be launched next month (26 January) in Bonn, Germany, aims to promote a swift transition towards the use of renewable energy worldwide. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which was initially driven by Denmark, Germany and Spain, will be the first worldwide agency solely dedicated to promoting renewable energy, acting as the "voice of renewable energy", according to its website.

Visa problems hamper climate change talks
December 12, 2008 02:29 PM - , SciDevNet

[POZNAN] Some of the world's poorest countries have been hampered in their attempts to attend the UN climate change negotiations in Poznan, Poland because of difficulties obtaining visas. Lead negotiators, journalists and civil society representatives from developing countries — those most vulnerable to climate change — were delayed, or could not attend the two-week long meeting.

East African geothermal tests successful
December 11, 2008 10:31 AM - , SciDevNet

Geothermal energy generation in Africa could take a leap forward in 2009 after exploratory studies in Kenya exceeded all expectations, it was announced yesterday (9 December). A new enterprise — the African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) — will drive forward the plan to harvest the steam locked among the rocks under East Africa, according to leaders of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP). They made their announcement at the UN Climate Change Conference, in Poznan, Poland.

Petition launched for suspended South African water expert
December 8, 2008 09:11 AM - , SciDevNet

Scientists and NGOs have launched a petition calling for the reinstatement of a respected South African water expert who has been suspended from his job at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Anthony Turton, a fellow of CSIR, was suspended after criticising both the council and the government for failing to address the impending water crisis in the country. The petitioners have called his suspension an "attempted silencing of the truth about South Africa's water crisis" and a "major attack on the constitutional right to freedom of expression".

Indonesia eyes regional role with tsunami warning system
December 4, 2008 09:07 AM - , SciDevNet

[JAKARTA] Indonesia has launched its Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS) and hopes to become the Indian Ocean tsunami warning provider by 2011. The new system can warn of an impending tsunami within five minutes of an earthquake and uses new technologies that differ from previous systems, according to its developers.

Monitoring carbon storage 'more effective than closing power plants'
December 3, 2008 08:59 AM - , SciDevNet

[NAIROBI] Using existing technologies to monitor carbon storage in developing country landscapes could save more carbon than closing 1400 coal-burning power plants, according to new research by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The study will be presented in Poznan, Poland, at the Conference of the Parties (COP 14), an international gathering of experts working to ensure the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) effectively and fairly discourages activities that boost harmful emissions.

Key African countries 'not keeping health research promises'
November 18, 2008 07:49 AM - , SciDevNet

[BAMAKO] Several key African countries have done "very little" to invest in health research since pledging to do so at a world meeting of health and science ministers in Mexico four years ago, say critics. But others — including Tanzania, Rwanda and Mali — have made significant progress in investing in their health research.

Physics can help fuel economic growth
November 13, 2008 09:16 AM - , SciDevNet

Developing countries need a broad-based capacity in physics to achieve sustainable economic growth, says Reza Mansouri in aNature supplement published to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of TWAS, the academy of sciences in the developing world.

Pakistan to launch fisheries 'megaprojects'
November 11, 2008 09:21 AM - , SciDevNet

[LAHORE] Research into marine fisheries will form part of a plan to improve Pakistan's fisheries sector, following a ban on its exports by the European Union (EU) in February 2007. The ban was imposed when EU inspectors observed that offshore fishing and onshore handling of the catch was conducted in an unhygienic way.

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